Edward "Ted" Kennedy was Vice President under President Geisel, serving from 1981 to 1989. Formerly and currently the senator of Massachusetts, Kennedy attempted to gain the nomination in the 1980 election. Though an ever rising star and prominent member of the Liberal party, Kennedy's track record was scorched after his brother John led a terrorist suicide attack. Though Ted and the Kennedy family had long distanced themselves from the radical John Kennedy and Ted remained still prominent and well liked after, the act retarded his political career and attempt at nomination, as the Liberals feared it could be used against the ticket by the mudslingers on the opposition. However, Geisel saw more promise in Kennedy, and named his his VP pick in both the 1980 and 1984 elections.
After winning, Kennedy urged Geisel to continue the Space race with the Soviets, leading to renewed interest in NASA, the Mars missions and the founding of Lunar bases. Kennedy also took an active part in the economic recovery of the 1980's, and foreign relations.
He passed away in 2009, and was given a massive public funeral, with over 50,000 people attending including several former US Presidents.