December 5th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
5 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. Denise P Quinton

    Of course Caroline will land a spot in OBAMA's administration but is she qualified enough to replace such an outstanding representative with integrity!
    Caroline funded most of OBAMA's campaign and pretty much has been hidden for years but all of a sudden she wants to be involved in politics.........why now?

    December 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Hank Castle

    Ha ha. Funny to read the sour grapes from the Republicans here. Like George Dubyah Bush wasn't the biggest liar and likely the worst president ever elected. Did he not appoint his buddies and his daddy's buddies to prominent positions? What about that idiot he put at the helm of FEMA, you know, the guy who watched as New Orleans went underwater. I guarantee you Caroline Kennedy is a much safer pick and one in a position to do a lot less damage as she gains experience.

    December 5, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. mb

    This would be great, just the kind of person America needs. I hope she is appointed. What is Caroline saying?

    December 5, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. Josh, Charlotte, NC

    I am a Democrat, but I DO NOT believe Caroline Kennedy is qualified to be Senator of New York. She hasn't even been a governor, let alone a mayor!

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

    Sure is a lot of IGNORANCE on this board!

    December 5, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Bert

    I would rather have Sarah Palin says this life long Democrat.

    December 5, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Funkarella

    Awesomanious!!! I give her my full support.

    December 5, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Godluvr

    This disaster was 8 years in the making. It will take time, and a lot more than President-Elect Obama to undo all the wrongs! He is doing his part, promoting and investing in change. Citizens will have to do their parts by staying involved, and pressing their representatives to support the PE's administation. This mess wasn't created in 2 years, and it won't end in 60 days! But we as a people will get there, with God's help!

    God bless you PE Obama! We're daily praying for you and your administration!

    God bless America!******America, bless God****** (The True Reason for This Season)!

    December 5, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Dorothy in NC

    What an incredible great choice. I have been wanting Caroline to get more active in politics. I don't think there could be a better candidate to take Hillary's place.

    December 5, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Bert

    How about appointing a Hispanic instead since there are no hispanic senators!

    December 5, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Brandon

    As Ted wanes we need another Kennedy in the senate. They are the doppleganger of the bush clan. A family not only dedicated to public service, but to serving the real needs of the nation, serving the powerless.

    December 5, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. mike

    I have to say I HOPE she gets this position. Mr. Obama is showing masterful politcal skills by placing his FORMER rivals in his cabinet AND endorsing a DECEASED foremer Presidents daughter (lets not forget his name is Jack FREAKIN Kennedy). So yeah, I hope this does happen. It would give some continutiy to the Kennedy legacy. Uncle Ted will not be in the Senate much longer, and it gives the public someone to root for in the Senate. Wow. This guy is good and he has not taken office yet. Go Barak go!

    December 5, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Michael, Houston Texas

    I have a question for some of you? What makes you think just because a person had not worked in politics all of thier lives that they are not qualified to be Senator etc. Let's look at what would qualify a person to be Senator,

    1. Has to be over the age of 30
    2. Educated
    3. Be able to fairly represent their states
    4. Not corrupt
    5. No criminal background (well at least have not caught)

    And the list goes on. I laugh at some of you because if you were presented the oppurtunity to become Senator of your state, you would jumo on it, and most of you are one step away from "would you like fries to go with that burger". So all this experience crap is just that crap. GWB and Cheney had lot's of experience and you see where we are at. On the flip side of that coin, "The Govenator" Arnold, he was a ex bodybuilder movie star with no political experience and he has done a great job in California. Oh and let's not forget, Reagan was an ex movie star who had no experience either. I know, I know Dems you hate Reagan, but he was one of America's Greats, like him or not.

    December 5, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Tony

    There is one thing we all should know to be evident in America: There will always be a Kennedy or a Rockefeller in politics.

    December 5, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. evie

    id like to know who these people who suggest Bill Clinton take Hillary's Senate seat. Thye are beyond ridiculous!! hello? he was PRESIDENT! you know, leader of the free world...why on earth would a former President want to be Senator???? that's just plain dumb.

    December 5, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. RBlake

    She should have ran for President. She is a wonderful woman and mother.

    December 5, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. No Hillary = No Obama

    Why not.

    December 5, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. nnie

    Can you hear my sigh of relief??? I totally approve of Caroline Kennedy and also Andrew Cuomo.

    December 5, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Ken

    Super D said: "Dems obviously don't rate experience very high, just look at Obama." This hypocrisy coming from a ripe neo-tard that supported the inexperience AND incompetency of Bush and Palin.

    You rightwing true-believers should not forget that back in 2000 YOU guys pushed aside the experienced McCain and foisted the PROVEN incompetent Bush into office. So, it is YOU [R]s who clearly do not value experience. And now in 2008 you are upset that your own re-tread, McCain, the guy that you yourselves labled 2nd-best back in 2000, did not win our approval? And you attempt to blame us, and how we rate experience, for this outcome? The depth of your delusion is breathtaking!

    December 5, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Vickie

    ONG! Can we PLEASE exist without any more Kennedys, Bushs, and
    yes, Clintons? Isn't there anyone out there fit for office that doesn't
    have all the baggage that comes with these families? Please, someone new!

    December 5, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. marcus

    I think that the final decision on this would be hers, I like the idea, I think that she would be a very good senator.

    December 5, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Christopher, Madison, WI

    Any US citizen can run for office. We won and you folks on the right lost. It's our party and you are most definitely not invited. You had years in total control (thanks to the republican filibuster machine in the past 2 years). The American people realize that the United States is a "we country" not a "me country". The right's side of division, hate and government waste is has been exposed. Not only did you destroy our economy, you destroyed every other countries' as well. Nice job!
    It's time to return to fiscal responsibility. Tax and spend works every time. Only spend what you have. Never run to Communistic China for a hand out.

    December 5, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Ed Terry

    Ms. Kennedy gave one of the best speeches at the Democratic Convention considering the circumstances of her presentation. The entire weight of her family rested upon her shoulders and her uncle's appearance and situation also weighed upon her that Monday night. Despite all that, she gave an articulate, forceful speech without a single betrayal of her emotion or burden. A true champion! She would be a great addition to the US Senate.

    December 5, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. JLS

    Well at least Caroline has lived in NY most of her life, and is not a carpetbagger like Hilary.

    December 5, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Caroline Kennedy is highly intelligent and highly qualified but I doubt she would accept the position. She's lived her entire life in the fish eye lens of the press and I don't think she would give up her well earned right to a private, personal life to serve out a short 2 year term in the Senate. The Dems will want someone who will actively and aggressively pursue the seat and the necessary fund raising that goes with it for the 2010 election. Odds favor Andrew Cuomo in all regards – also removes a potential Dem rival for NYGov from Patterson.

    December 5, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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