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By Katie Lannan

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 11, 2017....When Joseph Kennedy III and his uncle Ted Kennedy visited Texas in 2008, to stump for presidential candidate Barack Obama, the pair met a handful of voters late one night at a hall in Laredo.

"Uncle Teddy didn't blink. Without missing a beat, he got behind the mic, raised his hands, and belted out 'Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes' in his booming Boston accent," the younger Kennedy recalled in a Saturday night speech in Texas, according to his prepared remarks. "The crowd went crazy for the old ranchero song and the Massachusetts mariachi who sang it."

Kennedy, a Brookline Democrat who now represents the 4th Congressional District, was the keynote speaker at the Texas Democrats annual Johnson-Jordan Dinner at Austin's Hotel Van Zandt, where he stressed his family's connections to the Lone Star State as part of a broader call for unity in what he described as "perilous times."

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