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Edward Kennedy, Sr.'s Ratings and Endorsements

Deceased

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
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2003-2004
0%
2001-2002
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999
7%
1997-1998
9%
1997
0%
1996
100%
2006
100%
2001
100%
1999
100%
1996-2003
100%
1995-1998
100%
1993-1996
0%
2002
23%
2005-2006
60%
2000
50%
1999
21%
1995-1996
33%
1993-1994
100%
2007
80%
2007-2008
25%
2001-2002
25%
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
100%
2000
67%
2002
0%
2008
70%
2008
70%
2008
29%
2008
29%
2008
23.8%
2007
23.8%
2007
35%
2007
35%
2007
2%
2007
30%
2007
30%
2007
94%
2007
94%
2007
66%
2007
66%
2007
64%
2007
64%
2007
76.2%
2007
76.2%
2007
6.3%
2006
6.3%
2006
88%
2006
88%
2006
98%
2006
98%
2006
93.7%
2006
93.7%
2006
0%
2006
87%
2006
87%
2006
11%
2006
11%
2006
0%
2006
0%
2005
95%
2005
95%
2005
90%
2005
90%
2005
95%
2005
95%
2005
97%
2005
97%
2005
3%
2005
0%
2005
0%
2005
0%
2004
5%
2004
93%
2004
93%
2004
82%
2004
82%
2004
88%
2004
88%
2004
11%
2004
11%
2004
75%
2003
75%
2003
90%
2003
90%
2003
20%
2003
20%
2003
0%
2003
0%
2003
88%
2003
88%
2003
12%
2003
12%
2003
85%
2003
85%
2003
89%
2002
89%
2002
13%
2002
13%
2002
82%
2002
82%
2002
11%
2002
11%
2002
85%
2002
85%
2002
10%
2002
10%
2002
0%
2002
89%
2002
89%
2002
9%
2001
87%
2001
87%
2001
81%
2001
81%
2001
88%
2001
88%
2001
3%
2001
8%
2001
96%
2000
96%
2000
72%
2000
72%
2000
79%
2000
79%
2000
0%
2000
0%
2000
15%
2000
15%
2000
13%
1999
13%
1999
80%
1999
80%
1999
78%
1999
78%
1999
90%
1999
90%
1999
19%
1999
19%
1999
0%
1999
0%
1998
10%
1998
10%
1998
83%
1998
83%
1998
74%
1998
74%
1998
95%
1998
95%
1998
0%
1998
77%
1996
77%
1996
92%
1996
92%
1996
82%
1996
82%
1996
17%
1996
17%
1996
0%
1996
14%
1996
14%
1996
60%
2007-2008
28%
2005-2006
16%
2003-2004
100
2007
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
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%
2001
100%
2001
89
2007
75%
2006
100%
2005
100%
2004
100%
2003
0%
2006-2012
0%
2006-2012
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
100%
2007
100%
2007
100%
2007
75%
2007
100%
1991-1992
100%
1991-1992
92%
2001-2002
47%
2009
6%
2007
41%
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
100%
2007-2008
100%
2007-2008
6%
1995-1996
6%
1995-1996
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
92%
2001-2002
0%
2007-2008
75%
2007-2008
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
100%
2007
100%
2007
89%
2006
89%
2006
89%
2005
89%
2005
100%
2004
100%
2004
100%
2003
100%
2003
80%
2002
80%
2002
57%
2001
57%
2001
44%
2000
44%
2000
38%
1999
38%
1999
67%
1998
67%
1998
67%
1997
67%
1997
100%
1996
100%
1996
92%
1995
92%
1995
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
39%
2000
38%
1999
43%
1998
36%
1997
33%
1996
40%
1995
89
2007
75%
2006
100%
2005
100%
2004
100%
2003
0%
2002
100%
2007-2008
100%
2007-2008
100%
2007
83%
2005-2006
83%
2005-2006
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
0%
2002
100%
2006
100%
2007
0%
2007
100%
2005-2006
100%
2004
6%
1995-1996
6%
1995-1996
0%
2001
28%
2005-2006
16%
2003-2004
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003-2004
89%
2003
100%
1999-2000
100%
1999-2000
100
2007
100%
2005
100%
2003-2004
80%
2001-2002
100%
2007
67%
2002
100%
2001
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