Ted Kennedy Campaign Buttons. Welcome to Senator Ted Kennedy section on campaignbuttons-etc Displayed here are the campaign buttons and political memorabilia of Senator Ted Kennedy. Also known as Teddy, Kennedy served as United States Senator for Massachusetts from November 7, 1962 till his death on August 25, 2009. Following the death of his brother Senator Robert Kennedy in 1968, Ted Kennedy was frequently mentioned as a possible presidential candidate. In November of 1979 Kennedy announced that he would challenge President Jimmy Carter for the 1980 Democratic Party Presidential nomination. The campaign at first did not go well, but after winning the New York Presidential Primary in March, Kennedy began to have some success. However it was to late in the primary season , and Carter was able to win enough delegates to secure the nomination. A large variety of Ted Kennedy for President campaign buttons were produced in 1980, some of which are shown here. Also available are Kennedy campaign buttons for his U.S. Senate races.