Kennedy appeared on the Senate floor in July of 2008 to cast his vote to stave off a cut in Medicare fees to doctors who treat seniors, military personnel and their families. The Massachusetts Democrat arrived halfway through the vote to tears and thunderous applause from fellow senators and spectators. Moving carefully but steadily, Kennedy held up both thumbs, flashed a smile and roared his vote: "Aye." With him were his wife, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, left, and his son, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island).
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