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Kennedy Speeches, Film, Touch Chord at Convention

July 16, 1992

NEW YORK (AP) _ Democrats showed they still hold dear the legend of Camelot with a salute to the late Robert F. Kennedy and the warm reception they gave his brother, Sen. Edward Kennedy.

″I still believe in Camelot,″ Sylvia Lask-Hershkovitz said Wednesday night. ″I believe Ted carried on the tradition of his brothers, speaking for people who can’t speak for themselves. That’s what Democrats are all about.″

It was a night when the Kennedy past, present and future were on display. Dozens of Kennedys sat in the Madison Square Garden VIP section. Maria Shriver, Robert Kennedy’s niece, is NBC’s podium reporter.

Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II introduced a film highlighting his father’s 1968 campaign that was first shown at the 1968 convention.

During the film, the long-ago voice and gestures of the late senator elicited far more cheers on film than his son did during his speech.

But some of the magic returned when Edward Kennedy strode onto the podium after the film faded to black. The crowd applauded Kennedy more than 25 times.

He called delegates the ″living legacy″ of his brother Robert, ″gone now nearly a quarter of a century, but indelible in memory.″

Audrey Snead, 61, a retired schoolteacher from Columbia, S.C., and a Clinton delegate, said the presentation ″was marvelous.″

″Whenever I see any Kennedy, I feel good and whenever I see Bill Clinton I get a little of that Kennedy feeling,″ said Ms. Snead. ″These are people who care about people and give you hope that there’s hope.″

In urging a return to liberalism, Kennedy spoke for his party and the enduring presence of his family.

″We will never give up. We will never give in. And in 1992, we are going to win,″ he said.

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