Born to Run :The new Kennedy candidates

The new Kennedy candidates

He is a young-looking 33, and has never held public office. But when Joseph P. Kennedy II, the second of Robert Kennedy's eleven children, announced last week that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the congressional seat to be vacated next year by outgoing Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, he had the weight of history behind him: his uncle John F. Kennedy won Massachusetts' Eighth Congressional District in 1946. "That seat," said another uncle, Senator Edward Kennedy, "obviously has special meaning to our family."

Kennedy's announcement made him an instant--though not necessarily overwhelming--favorite in a field of at least...

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