Senator Kennedy was in Laredo last year campaigning for Barack Obama. He spoke to Pro 8 News about his support for Hispanics. "Hello Laredo." Senator Edward Kennedy on February 20th, 2008, rallying support for then presidential candidate Barack Obama, received a warm welcome in Laredo when he literally struck a cord. The elder statesman arrived in the gateway city one day ahead of the competition, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton while trying to win-over Hispanic voters for Obama in the March primary election. "Barack Obama stood with me. We were the only two senators when we had the rallies, the Hispanic rallies in Washington. We were the only two senators who spoke, me and Barack Obama.” Kennedy was known as the liberal lion of the Senate where he served for nearly half a century as a champion for health care reform. But his biggest battle, fighting brain cancer, would be his last after already winning over democrats in Laredo. In a recent letter to lawmakers, Kennedy asked that a law be changed in Massachusetts so that someone could quickly be chosen to replace him in the Senate.