December 5th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
6 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. eddie

    I thought Hillary couldnt accept the position of Sec of State because of the pay increase. Thought she wasnt eligable till 2013?

    December 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Matt

    Boy, I wish I had a great family name, connections and rich parents. My fancy degrees, achievements and experience just aren't enough to land things like this in my lap for no reason. Oh, but she's a Kennedy, she simply MUST be qualified to be a politician...a Senator even..after getting a couple of degrees and writing a couple books but having no experience holding office. bah.

    December 5, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Tony in Oregon

    I don't think she would accept the appointment. Caroline like her late mother is a very private person and we should all respect her privacy.

    December 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    Gov. Patterson will make the ultimate decision. one that will affect New york for the next few years. if they vetted Caroline and she is indeed willing to serve; I believe she will be a terrific choice.

    December 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Sam, Lincoln,NE

    Hey Ugh... You seem to have forgotten that the present occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is related to a political family. As the last eight years has shown, he was certainly unqualified for the job. Don't let the facts get in the way of showing the world how ignorant you are.

    What's the harm in letting Al Franken, Caroline Kennedy, or Chris Matthews serve? Any one of them could do a better job than George W. Bush. For that matter, my wife's chihuahua could do a better job than Bush.

    December 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Mary from Sarasota FL

    Note to the folks criticising the possibility:
    Before making negative judgements please do some research into
    this issue ... then you won't be "removing all doubt" (re: guessing as opposed to knowing you are stupid.)

    December 5, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. jenny

    I'm sick of the kennedys, they bring drama and i dislike her, she is a traitor to women. Hillary deserves an brillant replacement, not some hafe wit drama filled kennedy

    December 5, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Perfect timing

    Please, Carloine, take this seat if it is offered. You would be a hero for young women everywhere, and a major symbol of a new generation of politics and hope.

    December 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Adam Smith TX, USA

    She would make a great Senator.

    December 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Greed is not good

    Her resume is and education is solid. End of story. Her IQ is at least double that of Sarah Palin.

    December 5, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. James From Chicago

    Kennedy has never been involved in politics, she has no experience
    we have had enough of people that don't know what their doing.in
    the senate. Just because she is a Kennedy dosn't make her
    qualified. What is Obama thinking.

    December 5, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Lake side

    Many of these nasty comments show that the die-hard Hillary supporters are still very bitter about the election.

    President-elect Obama has a 68 percent approval rating, but the bitter fringe elements always have something hateful to say about even well-respected people like Caroline Kennedy.

    By the way, what were Hillary's qualifications when she ran for the Senate? Being married to Bill?

    December 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. America will be free again

    To Ugh...
    Just because you can blog free on CNN doesnt give you the guts to talk ill of anyone...If Sara Palin could be Gov of Alaska anything is possible in USA. We have had 8 yrs of A president who cant make a complete sentence in english...which by the way ridiculed the intelligence of highly educated people in this great country. Its time to put educated people in office who can think and see farther than morals and old time principles.

    December 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. Kevin

    Give me a break. The same people who considered Sarah Palin inexperienced and unworthy are now touting this totally unknown quantity. Because she is a Kennedy, it makes her a good choice?????? the Kennedys have done NOTHING of value for this country.

    December 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. Steve

    There are a significant number of our Senators and other representatives who came into their jobs with little or no political experience, and have managed to do a pretty good job. There are very senior politicians who are in Congress who are doing an abysmal job, and should be removed. We have governors who have the qualification of being ex-wrestlers (Jesse Ventura of Minnesota), and ex-beauty queens (Pain, of Alaska), and they seem to have done OK. Kennedy is intelligent, well-educated, and has moved in political circles for years, as well as being a part of a very well-connected, politically-active family. She is certainly more qualified than some of the people now serving. Let's give her a chance, and see what she can do. If it doesn't work out, Bill "Tantrum Boy" O'Reilly can tell us all "I told you so!"

    December 5, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. MD

    Bravo GraystoneBeatle... I could have said it better myself...

    December 5, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Diana

    A BIG MISTAKE IF GOVERNOR PATERSON NAMES MS. KENNEDY FOR HILLARY CLINTON'S POSITION.. WE HAVE MORE QUALIFIED PEOPLE IN NEW YORK THAN HER. DO NOT GO FOR LAST NAMES GO FOR THE ONE THAT KNOWS THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK.

    WHAT HAS SHE DONE FOR US NEW YORKERS? NADA. SHE DOES FUND RAISE EVENTS BUT WITH THE RICH AND FAMOUS. I NEVER SEE HER IN HARLEM OR THE PROJECTS HELPING THE NEEDY. GIVE ME A BREAK.. JUST BEACUSE SHE HELPED OBAMA WE HAVE TO PAY BACK THE FAVOR? SHE WENT TO HARVARD GREAT BUT A DEGREE DOES NOT MAKE YOU BETTER FOR A POSITION KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE DOES.

    December 5, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. MD

    Bravo GraystoneBeatle. I couldn't have said it better myself...

    December 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Tim

    More change you can believe in. Bring in a relic like a Kennedy.

    December 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. HouseDiva

    Caroline would make a great senator if she were to be chosen for the seat.

    December 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Bruce

    Ok I see a great deal here about experience...look at the mess that people with experience got us into...perhaps new blood with new ideas is what is needed.
    By touting the "experience" issue over and over, you are basicly saying that anyone who is not expereinced in politics cannot run for office. A premise that I will argue is short sighted.

    December 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. gerri

    Maybe we can bring back Richard Nixon for all the Kennedy haters on here,he was such a swell guy wasnt he?

    December 5, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. kenobi

    I love how the moron repukicans broadcast their ignorance whining "what has so&so done" or "we don't know anything about him/her". If they bothered to read once in a while instead of vegging out in front of FOX "news" or neo-nazi talk radio, they'd discover that the rest of the world with brains is very well aware of Caroline's & others' qualifications. Anyone who can't tell the difference between an educated, knowledgable, involved woman like Caroline Kennedy & the dimwit that is Caribou Barbie doesn't deserve a voter's registration card. Please Louise, save us from the idiot right-wingers of the world!

    December 5, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Chuck in LA

    "If Al Franken wins in Minnesota, and Caroline Kennedy is appointed in New York, and Chris Matthews runs in Pennsylvania, I think it sets an incredibly dangerous precedent."

    You know what else sets an incredibly dangerous precedent? Invading a sovereign nation based on faulty intelligence, suspending habeas corpus, firing US attorneys for political reasons, issuing signing statements, outing CIA agents, and the list goes on and on and on.

    December 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. obama-mama

    Republicans are such pessimists....I would be a pleasure to have a Kennedy. The blog idiots who compare Caroline to Sarah Palin and Paris Hilton should be arrested

    December 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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