In an interview that aired Sunday on CBS' 60 Minutes, Sen. Edward Kennedy said he will always feel responsible for the 1969 death of a companion, after he drove off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island.
"That will remain with me for my whole life," said Kennedy, D-Mass., who has been tight-lipped on the Chappaquiddick incident.
"And I've indicated before, you know, that I've accepted responsibility for it. That doesn't change now. [That] won't change in the future. And it's something that I have to just live with."
In July 1969, while returning from a party, Kennedy drove off a bridge on Chappaquiddick, an island off Martha's Vineyard, killing passenger Mary Jo Kopechne.
Kennedy reported the accident to police the following morning. He said at the time that the 10-hour delay in reporting the accident resulted from his confused and distraught state.