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Published August 26, 2009, 12:18 PM

Political expert says Kennedy served as major influence on American life

MOORHEAD – A local political expert says Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., probably did more to influence American public policy than any senator in modern history.

By: WDAY-AM, WDAY-AM

MOORHEAD – A local political expert says Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., probably did more to influence American public policy than any senator in modern history.

Jim Danielson, co-founder of the Minnesota State University Public Affairs and Public Affairs Institute, says the key to Kennedy’s success as a legislator was that his focus was always on policy – not on personalities.

Danielson, a guest this morning on WDAY AM’s Christopher Gabriel Show, says that’s why he was able to co-partner on many important public policy issues....with republicans.

Kennedy will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, like his brothers John and Robert.

And while John and Robert made their marks on the nation, Danielson says Edward Kennedy’s contributions to American public policy outshine those of his more famous brothers.

Danielson says Kennedy approached public policy from a liberal perspective but also reached across party lines to accomplish things for the common good.

Danielson cites programs Kennedy co-partnered with Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, as well as Dan Quayle, Orrin Hatch and John McCain, as examples of his statesmanship.

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