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Edward Kennedy, Sr.'s Ratings and Endorsements

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Vote Smart displays all known interest group ratings for each candidate and official, regardless of issue or bias.

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issue concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

With rare exceptions, Vote Smart displays interest group ratings as a 0-100 percentage. While many interest groups use percentages as ratings to begin with, please note that Vote Smart has translated some ratings to a percentage from a different rating system for consistency and ease in understanding. Please visit the group's website, email us at ratings@votesmart.org or call our Voter Information Hotline at 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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2009
0%
2007-2008
0%
2005-2006
0%
2003-2004
0%
2003
7%
2001-2002
0%
1999-2000
0%
2003-2004
90%
2007
100%
2006
100%
2005
100%
2004
100%
2003
100%
2001
100%
2000
100%
1999
100%
1997
100%
1996
0%
2005-2006
0%
2003-2004
0%
2001-2002
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999
7%
1997-1998
9%
1997
0%
1996
0%
2002
23%
2005-2006
60%
2000
21%
1995-1996
33%
1993-1994
100%
1994
80%
2007-2008
28%
2001-2002
28%
2001-2002
50%
1991-1992
75
2007-2008
75
2007-2008
83%
2005-2006
83%
2005-2006
78%
2003-2004
78%
2003-2004
90%
2001-2002
90%
2001-2002
88%
1999-2000
88%
1999-2000
100%
1998
86%
1997
73%
1996
70%
1995
78%
1994
78%
1993
100%
2003
89%
2001-2002
100%
2005
100%
2003-2004
80%
2001-2002
89%
2001-2002
89%
2001-2002
75%
2000
100%
2003
100%
2003
89%
2001-2002
89%
2001-2002
100%
2007
100%
2005-2006
100%
2004
100%
2003
60%
2007-2008
28%
2005-2006
16%
2003-2004
0%
2009
0%
2005
8%
2003
8%
2003
11%
2005-2006
13%
2003-2004
0%
2001-2002
25%
2005-2006
0%
2003-2004
0%
2005-2006
12%
2003-2004
12%
2003
25%
2005-2006
0%
2003-2004
82%
2003-2004
82%
2003-2004
82%
2003
82%
2003
92%
2001-2002
92%
2001-2002
92%
1999-2000
92%
1999-2000
83%
1997-1998
83%
1997-1998
75%
1997
75%
1997
95%
1995-1996
95%
1995-1996
100%
2007-2008
100%
2007-2008
100%
2007
80%
2004
83%
2003
80%
2001-2002
80%
2001-2002
100%
2001
100%
2001
100%
1989-1990
82%
2003-2004
82%
2003-2004
82%
2003
82%
2003
92%
2001-2002
92%
2001-2002
92%
1999-2000
92%
1999-2000
83%
1997-1998
83%
1997-1998
75%
1997
75%
1997
95%
1995-1996
95%
1995-1996
71
2007
92%
2005-2006
86%
2003-2004
60%
2001-2002
50%
2001
71%
2000
67%
1999
83%
1997-1998
67%
1997
50%
1996
100%
2001
100%
2001
89
2007
75%
2006
100%
2005
100%
2004
100%
2003
0%
2006-2012
0%
2006-2012
0%
1997-1998
100%
2005-2006
100%
2005-2006
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003-2004
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001
100%
1999-2000
100%
1999-2000
100%
1999
100%
1997-1998
100%
1997-1998
100%
1995-1996
100%
1995-1996
89%
2007
100%
1991-1992
100%
1991-1992
6%
1995-1996
6%
1995-1996
0%
2007-2008
8%
2007
0%
2006
0%
2009
0%
2007-2008
0%
2005-2006
0%
2003-2004
0%
2003
7%
2001-2002
0%
1999-2000
2%
2004
12%
2007-2008
0%
2005-2006
7%
2003-2004
0%
2003
25%
2001-2002
14%
2000
0%
1997-1998
33%
1995-1996
16%
2008
16%
2008
11%
2007
11%
2007
0%
2006
0%
2006
33%
2005
33%
2005
20%
2004
20%
2004
7%
2003
7%
2003
17%
2002
17%
2002
0%
2007
0%
2007
2%
2007
6.3%
2006
6.3%
2006
0%
2006
3%
2005
0%
2005
0%
2005
5%
2004
12%
2003
12%
2003
0%
2003
11%
2002
11%
2002
10%
2002
10%
2002
3%
2001
15%
2000
15%
2000
13%
1999
13%
1999
0%
1999
0%
1998
17%
1996
17%
1996
0%
2007
21%
2006
11%
2004
11%
2002
5%
2001
14%
2000
15%
1999
11%
1998
21%
1997
21%
1995-1996
21%
1995-1996
0%
2007-2008
13%
2005-2006
10%
1998-2002
0%
1997
0%
1996
70%
2007-2008
100%
2007
100%
2005-2006
100%
2005
100%
2001-2004
75%
2000
75%
1999-2000
57%
1999
90%
1997-1998
100%
1997
100%
1996
85%
1995
13%
1999
13%
1999
95%
1998
95%
1998
0%
1998
17%
1996
17%
1996
77%
1996
77%
1996
39%
2000
38%
1999
43%
1998
36%
1997
33%
1996
40%
1995
89
2007
75%
2006
100%
2005
100%
2004
100%
2003
0%
2002
0%
1999
0%
2005-2006
0%
2001
96%
2009
69%
2003-2004
100%
2003
100%
2001-2002
13%
1996
0%
2007-2008
0%
2002
100%
2006
0%
2007
100%
2007
100%
2005-2006
100%
2004
6%
1995-1996
6%
1995-1996
0%
2001
28%
2005-2006
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003-2004
89%
2003
100%
1999-2000
100%
1999-2000
100
2007
100%
2005
100%
2003-2004
80%
2001-2002
67%
2002
100%
2001
25%
1994
100%
2007
100%
2005-2006
100%
2004
100%
2003
100%
2008
0%
2006-2012
0%
2006-2012
93%
2007
100%
2006
95%
2005
92%
2003-2004
89%
2003
84%
2001-2002
81%
1999-2000
89%
1999
100%
1998
100%
1997
93%
1995-1996
100%
2001-2002
100%
1999-2000
0%
2005-2006
100%
2003
100%
2003
0%
2007-2008
8%
2007
0%
2006
5%
2006
5%
2005
10%
2004
0%
2003
5%
2002
10%
2001
10%
2000
0%
1999
0%
1998
8%
2006
8%
2006
0%
2005
0%
2005
0%
2003-2004
0%
2003-2004
0%
2007
0%
2007
0%
2009
30%
2007
30%
2007
0%
2006
11%
2004
11%
2004
20%
2003
20%
2003
13%
2002
13%
2002
9%
2001
0%
2000
10%
1998
10%
1998
14%
1996
14%
1996
0%
2005-2006
0%
2003-2004
0%
2001-2002
0%
1999-2000
3%
1997-1998
14%
1995-1996
10%
2006
7%
2005
15%
2004
17%
2003
13%
2002
9%
2001
7%
1999
9%
1998
10%
1997
16%
1995
0%
2005-2006
47%
2009
41%
2007
6%
2007
10%
2005
21%
2005
32%
2005
15%
2004
28
2003
28
2003
28
2003
18
2002
18
2002
18
2002
10%
2001
18%
2000
0%
2003-2004
0%
2003-2004
13%
2001-2002
13%
2001-2002
50%
2001-2002
50%
2001-2002
60%
1999-2000
60%
1999-2000
33%
1997-1998
33%
1997-1998
66%
2007
66%
2007
87%
2006
87%
2006
95%
2005
95%
2005
88%
2004
88%
2004
85%
2002
85%
2002
88%
2001
88%
2001
96%
2000
96%
2000
90%
1999
90%
1999
83%
1998
83%
1998
82%
1996
82%
1996
92%
2001-2002
0%
2007-2008
20%
1995
60%
1995
0%
2007-2008
0%
2007-2008
25%
2005-2006
25%
2005-2006
50%
2003-2004
50%
2003-2004
67%
2001-2002
-2
2001-2002
83%
2005-2006
83%
2005-2006
0%
1990-1999
0%
1997
0%
1996
70%
2007-2008
100%
2007
100%
2005-2006
100%
2001-2004
75%
2000
75%
1999-2000
57%
1999
90%
1997-1998
100%
1997
100%
1996
85%
1995