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LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: In the United States, the Kennedy clan has been rocked by the news that
Senator Ted Kennedy has a malignant brain tumour. The younger brother of John F. Kennedy and Robert
F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy is the last surviving link to the so-called 'Camelot' era when his family
ruled the American political scene.

Tom Iggulden reports.

TOM IGGULDEN, REPORTER: Ted Kennedy was just 30 when he became the Senator for Massachusetts,
filling the vacancy his brother John F. Kennedy left to become President. A year later, JFK was
assassinated and when his other brother Robert was also assassinated five years later in Los
Angeles, Ted Kennedy led the mourning.

TED KENNEDY, DEMOCRAT SENATOR (archive footage, 1968): To be remembered simply as a good and decent
man who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heel it, saw war and tried to
stop it.

TOM IGGULDEN: Now political eulogies are being prepared for the youngest Kennedy brother, despite
these pictures released today showing the Senator looking relaxed and happy with his family.

BARACK OBAMA, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: Well, it's heart breaking. I - Ted Kennedy is not only a giant
of the Senate but he's a good friend. You couldn't have a better supporter than Ted Kennedy.

HILLARY CLINTON, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: And just as he has fought year after year to try to make the
changes that will benefit our nation and the world, I know that he's going to fight with all of his
might.

TOM IGGULDEN: Senator Kennedy collapsed at the weekend. The malignant tumour on the right side of
his brain was diagnosed after tests ruled out a stroke. But details haven't been released about the
Senator's prognosis. There was little to indicate the 76-year-old's health was poor; he's
campaigned tirelessly in the Democratic primaries.

TED KENNEDY, SENATOR: It is time now for Barack Obama.

TOM IGGULDEN: And fought in the Senate to give emergency workers the right to collective
bargaining.

TED KENNEDY: We want to make sure that those that are out there on the front lines are going to be
able to at least have a voice.

TOM IGGULDEN: It was the latest in a long series of causes dear to the Senator's heart. In 1980 he
attempted to match the ambition of his brothers.

TED KENNEDY (archive footage, 1980): I am a candidate for President of the United States.

TOM IGGULDEN: But by then the lustre surrounding the Kennedy name had been dulled. His own demons
were also an issue: his struggle with alcoholism and the death of a young campaign worker when the
Senator crashed his care.

TED KENNEDY (archive footage, 1980): For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes
on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.

TOM IGGULDEN: By most accounts, he fulfilled that promise as a Senator.

BOB SHRUM, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: You know, one of the interesting things about him is that he's
probably changed America more than many Presidents have.

TOM IGGULDEN: The most touching words today, however, came from America's longest serving senator.

ROBERT BYRD, DEMOCRAT SENATOR: My dear friend, I love you and I miss you.

TOM IGGULDEN: There's already speculation Senator Kennedy's wife may run for his Senate seat if
he's no longer able to serve.

Tom Iggulden, Lateline.