Senator Edward Kennedy has again denied any interest in running for either the Presidency or the Vice-Presidency of the United States.
CU Senator Edward Kennedy (MUTE)
SAME SHOT -- SOUND STARTS: "Well, I would....
SOUND ENDS: "...that's the important thing, right."
SPEECH ON FILM:
KENNEDY: "Well, I'd have to give it heavy consideration, Mr. McGhee, but quite clearly I indicated time and again I would not run and even giving it consideration, I think if you said you would not, flatly, I think that would probably be a very arrogant kind of comment; statement; given the kind of concerns about the future of the country. But I say now that I would not. I don't believe I would. I'd obviously have to give that consideration. But I want to make it as emphatic as I can that I'm not interested. I very interested in the future of the country, in the future of my party, but I'm not interested in serving in the office of the President or Vice-President."
MCGHEE: "Let me understand and also ask a question. If you ruled out the Presidency so flatly, yet say you would have to consider the Vice-Presidency, there seems to be some conflict there -- at least in my mind."
KENNEDY: "Well I don't think so. I think you've got the nominees, there are these candidates now who've gone to the country and talked about the issues, have support for their programmes; for their candidacies; and quite clearly I believe one's going to achieve the first position, anyway."
MCGHEE: "Well, then, would this be an accurate statement....as far as you're concerned the Presidency has been ruled out without your necessarily ruling it out."
KENNEDY: "Well, it has been ruled out. I think that's the important thing, right."
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Background: Senator Edward Kennedy has again denied any interest in running for either the Presidency or the Vice-Presidency of the United States. His freshly repeated denials to newsmen in Washington in the past five days has followed a Boston, Massachusetts, newspaper article reporting him as saying he would run for Vice-President in the November elections if his presence would make the difference between victory and defeat for his Democratic Party.
His latest statement denying this was made to newsman Frank McGhee of the National Broadcasting Company of America in an interview on Monday (June 29) -- but he qualified his denial by stating he would have to give the Vice-Presidency "consideration" if only out of concern for the future of the country.