Examples of conservatives and Republicans who have invoked Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's name in depicting liberals:

_In a January 2007 appearance on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," conservative radio host Laura Ingraham said, "If the Islamists have their way, what Ted Kennedy and the liberals don't seem to understand, they would be the first people put up against the wall and shot."

_ In October 2006 during her campaign for Senate, Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Fla., said: "And even when Democrats and independents hear our message and find out that Bill Nelson has voted to the left of Hillary Clinton, according to the National Journal's ratings, then they realize that, while there are a lot of Democrats and independents, they're not Ted Kennedy Democrats." She was speaking on Fox News' "Hannity & Colmes" show.

_ In his final televised debate with Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., before the 2006 election, former Sen. George Allen, R-Va., referred to Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy and others as Webb's friends during an argument about the minimum wage and tax cuts.

_ While campaigning for a Republican candidate in Florida in October 2006, Vice President Dick Cheney said, "I don't need to tell you what kind of legislation would come to us by way of committee chairmen like Joe Biden, Ted Kennedy, John Conyers, Henry Waxman, Barney Frank or Jay Rockefeller."

_ In his unsuccessful 2006 campaign to unseat Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., Republican Pete Ricketts invoked Kennedy to point out the national importance of the race. In a campaign ad, Ricketts said: "A Democratic Senate controlled by Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy promises an agenda of higher taxes, more government spending and liberal judges. An agenda against our Nebraska values."

_ In a 2004 re-election ad President Bush's campaign noted that the National Journal ranked his opponent, John Kerry, "the most liberal member of the Senate, more liberal than Hillary Clinton or Ted Kennedy."

_ In a November 2002 appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Republican challenger Suzanne Terrell criticized Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu's political values as being too close to Kennedy's. She said: "Mary Landrieu has been a rubber stamp for Tom Daschle and the Senate Democratic leadership. Her rating with the Americans for Democratic Action is equivalent to Ted Kennedy's."

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