Nation: The Tide in Ted's Life

New challenges to his account of Chappaquiddick

When Senator Edward Kennedy began his presidential campaign, he was encouraged by polls to believe that his conduct a decade ago at Chappaquiddick Island would not be an important issue. He knew that a significant number of voters would never fully trust his account of what happened on the night of July 18-19, 1969, when his car careered off narrow Dike Bridge and Mary Jo Kopechne drowned. But he thought that voters would at least believe his assertion that there was nothing more to be said about...

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