Chappaquiddick script
Synopsis: Ted Kennedy's life and political career become derailed in the aftermath of a fatal car accident in 1969 that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.

ABC REPORTER (CONT’D)

“We choose to go to the moon notbecause it is easy but because it ishard.” What does your brother’spromise to America mean to you?

TED:

Well, he always was someone who kepthis promises.

(beat)

My brother committed his life to theidea that the United States was the

beacon of democracy for the world.

(MORE)

4.

TED (CONT'D)

And so too, for my family, I thinkhe was a beacon. Someone we all

looked up to, aspired to be, andultimately hope to live up to.

(beat)

I know I sure did.

ABC REPORTER:

He said this mission would have,

quote, “a great impact on the mindsof men across the nation.”

TED:

I think my brother set the coursefor the whole nation in a way thatwe can never abandon. You see it in

the space program, sure, but you cansee it in the passage of the CivilRights Act, the passage of theImmigration Act...even in my own

life, I often ask, “What would Jackhave me do?”

(beat)

Jack Kennedy cast a long shadow; andhe still does. It’s one I walk in

every day.

ABC REPORTER:

What’s it like walking in that shadow?

Ted gives this question a moment of reflection before heremoves his lapel mic. Stands up.

TED:

I think you have what you need.

INT. SENATE HALLWAY - DAY

Ted exits the conference room and finds himself immediatelyflanked on both sides by David Burke and Gifford.

DAVID BURKE:

I got Mansfield’s support on thehealth care bill.

TED:

Did we find Gargan, yet?

DAVID BURKE:

I’m not sure. I was more focused on

salvaging our relationship with theMajority Leader.

TED:

You’re worrying about the wrongthing.

(MORE)

5.

TED (CONT'D)

Mansfield’s smart enough to know I’mgoing to be his boss in three years.

INT. TED KENNEDY’S SENATE OFFICE - CONTINUOUS

Ted enters his office. His secretary shoots to her feet.

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