(CBS News) CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Democrats are gathered here this week for their first national convention without Edward Kennedy since 1956 and the first without any Kennedy since 1944. The dynastic family, however, has no plans of being forgotten.
Joseph P. Kennedy III, the son of former six-term congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, spoke at the convention on its opening night Tuesday and introduced a seven-minute video honoring the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, who died in 2009.
"Make no mistake, he is here with us this evening," the young Kennedy said of the senator. "I see him in the passion of our delegates, the character of our candidates and the causes that unite us."
The video also illustrated how Mr. Obama has carried on the liberal legacy that Kennedy entrusted to him by passing on the fight for national health care reform. Kennedy is shown at the 2008 Democratic convention saying, "I know what America can achieve. I've seen it, I've lived it, and with Barack Obama, we can do it again."
Joseph P. Kennedy III is aiming to put a Kennedy back in Congress, running for the Massachusetts House seat that is opening up with Rep. Barney Frank's retirement.
About two-dozen other Kennedy family members, meanwhile, are also attending the convention this week, the Boston Globe reports. President John F. Kennedy's daughter Caroline Kennedy is slated to speak at the convention Thursday night, and there are a number of other events linked to the family this week.