December 5th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Caroline Kennedy to take Clinton's seat?

Caroline Kennedy's name is being talked about for Clinton's senate seat.

Caroline Kennedy's name is being talked about for Clinton's senate seat.

(CNN) - Could Caroline Kennedy, considered to be among the most private members of the Kennedy clan, be tapped to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat?

Kennedy - who endorsed Barack Obama in February before the Super Tuesday round of primaries - is said to be considering the possibility, according to an ABC News report.

New York Gov. David Paterson, the man tasked with picking Hillary Clinton's successor, is remaining mum on the process, but a spokesman for Barack Obama issued a statement in the wake of rumors the president-elect is quietly lobbying Patterson to choose Kennedy.

"President-elect Obama has a very high regard for Caroline Kennedy," said Obama spokesman Stephanie Cutter. "But he has not spoken with Governor Paterson or Caroline Kennedy about the race, and has no involvement in this process."

Earlier, similar rumors circulated that former President Bill Clinton might be interested in the job, but the former president's office quickly released a statement saying he was not interested.

Caroline Kennedy's cousin, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., was also discussed as a potential successor, but formally took his name out of the running earlier this week.

Paterson still has a strong bench to choose from. There are a number of contenders, including several members of New York's delegation in the House of Representatives, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, and Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi.

Whoever is chosen would have to be ready for virtually non-stop campaigning and fundraising over the next four years. Clinton's successor will face a hotly-contested campaign in 2010 to fill out the remainder of her term, then a re-election bid jut two years later.

soundoff (386 Responses)
  1. Scott NYC Independent

    As quiet as its kept – this would be a major improvement.

    December 5, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Lynne

    No, she won't. I doubt she would take it if offered. How about we wait and see, rather than speculate.

    December 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Larry in Texas

    She Deserves it, for what her Family has been through, from J.F.K. to Robert in 1968 / to J.F.K.'s boy (airplane death)


    December 5, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. FreeNLovIt

    Cuomo or Robert will be fine. She's a dork and endorsed Obama for the presidency. She has rotten judgement. She's lucky the economy crashed, otherwise, Hillary would have been right, McCain would have won. He was sailing high.

    December 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. jim

    Great news, honestly I hope she is president one day, I think she's a great person and will lead for the better good.

    December 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. JOHN

    more political paybacks for Obama's friends....change....what a liar.

    December 5, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. susie

    Kennedy should have experience not get in by name only.

    December 5, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Tracy M.

    Proofreader looking for work. It looks like you could use one.

    I love Caroline Kennedy. I'm not sure why she'd want Clinton's seat, but if her writing is any indication of her integrity and strength of character, I'm all about it!

    December 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Rick

    And what exactly qualifies her to be a U.S. Senator?

    December 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. PJP

    Why not, Caroline would probably do a lot better than Clinton. Some of you people can say what you want to, but it is not always about the money! It is about power and the more power someone gets the more they can control. The power is what the Clintons are all about!

    December 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Mark

    Great idea!

    December 5, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    She has expressed no interest in politics before now; why would she step into the ring at this point in her life? This reminds me that they were supposedly considering her for the vice presidency. While I have the highest regard for the Kennedy family and for Caroline, this notion of her being in the Senate is just plain silly.

    December 5, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Patricia Bray

    This has to be a joke! The Kennedy name does not equal quaification and experience for a political office.

    December 5, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. proudliberal

    she would make a better sos than hillary.

    December 5, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. Dave

    Carrion. A choice between the Boogie-Down and anything else isn't really a choice.

    December 5, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. DC Observer

    This would be a joke -- The Sarah Palin of the Democratic Party

    December 5, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. FAYE, NV

    That would be wonderful if Caroline took the seat. I love the Kennedy's, a great family.

    December 5, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. Retired Veteran from New York City, NY

    As well known that the Kennedys are, I would prefer the State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Because in just two years, it will be another race for reelection and somebody like Cuomo that just ran a State Wide eclection will have the momentum to maintain the Senate seat.

    December 5, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. chris

    well, why not–that's what this country has come to. A monarchy. Install the children of Bush, why not more kennedys. Running for election is such a drag.

    December 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. Empty suit, empty promises

    So she get's it based on what exactly, her being part of the "chosen ones" inner circle or because she is a Kennedy?

    My bad, I should know better than to question the great one and his friends.

    I will go back to my job where I get paid and promoted based on nothing but MERIT, I apologize for questioning this.

    Please do not post harsh things about me.

    December 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. David

    As long as she is like her father and fights the Federal Reserve. Not like the current fat and happy ones.

    December 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. hjs


    I'm just asking...

    December 5, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. simmy1

    She is as qualified as anyone else to get the seat! Some people's experiences have proven to be nothing more than 'politcal con artist trickery.' They are experienced at playing the game. Fresh ideas, and people who exude change, are being called upon at this time in history!

    December 5, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. Angie

    How wonderful that would be. Senator Caroline Kennedy has a nice ring to it. And we know she would do a great job, politics is in her blood.

    December 5, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Chuck

    John, I laugh everytime I hear anyone say anything about Obama being a liar. You must have been in a coma for the past 8 years of the Buch/Cheney liars administration in Washington. Caroline Kennedy is extremely well educated, in touch, and has incredible integrity. She also is a humanitarian, of which I have yet to meet a republican that can make that claim.

    December 5, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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