Kennedy remarks on Obama's 'courage'

Caroline Kennedy told the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., that President Obama has "the quality my father most admired in public life: courage."

"Barack Obama is the kind of leader my father wrote about in 'Profiles in Courage,' " President John F. Kennedy's daughter told the crowd. "He doesn't just do what's easy. He does what's hard. He does what's right.

"My father couldn't run for a second term. It was left to his brothers, our family and the generation they inspired to fight for the America he believed in. Now, it's up to a new generation, our children's generation, to carry America forward."

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Kennedy said Obama "not only demonstrated the courage to oppose the war in Iraq — as president, he showed the determination to bring our troops back home."

Kennedy's uncle, the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), offered Obama a key endorsement in his 2008 primary battle, and Caroline Kennedy was also an important supporter in his run four years ago.

"I know Barack Obama will fight for women and children, and all Americans, because he has proven it," Kennedy added. "Despite critics who said it wasn't good politics, President Obama listened to my Uncle Teddy, and staked his presidency on making healthcare accessible to all Americans."

She also said she sees this year's election as a turning point, just as her father's election was.

"Like my father's election in 1960, this is one of those elections where the future of our country is at stake. And women and children have the most on the line."