December 5th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
9 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. Jon G.

    Well, whatever her "qualifications" may turn out to be it is certainly transparent that being a Kennedy is what has allowed her to be a candidate.

    I am willing to see if she bears scrutiny but being a Kennedy is certainly a negative in my book. We neither need, nor can we likely sustain another aristocrat who worships at the altar of the state from some misguided sense of Noblesse Oblige.

    And, to simply to point out the obvious, degrees from ivy league institutions are no guarantee, or even any indication of competence, especially from one of such substantial circumstances. I would be far more impressed with a business owner with no degree than a lawyer with many.

    If you believe government is the answer then you don't really understand the question.

    December 5, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Gary D'Orazio

    It would be nice to see CNN show Palestinian babies crying for their mothers after having been separated from them by the ISRAEI DEFENCE FORCES. CNN should be balanced.Truth is a form of freedom which Americans love.

    December 5, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Mike

    Is Caroline Kennedy a resident of New York? And no, I don't consider a "working apartment in NYC"" to qualify as a resident. Does she actually live here? Does she have a NY driver's license? Does she pay (or would she have to if not for a legimate exemption) NYS income tax?

    Hillary "carpet-bagged" her way in to the position, but at least bought some property in the state.

    If Ms Kennedy isn't, she shouldn't be among the individuals being considered.

    December 5, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Christopher, Madison, WI

    We have had Bush. Enough said...just take your ball and go home now righties!

    December 5, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Chris

    Caroline Kennedy is a well-educated, intelligent and articulate woman who would undoubtedly be a fine senator. Those who are trashing her here obviously know nothing about her background and only display their ignorance with their ridiculous comments comparing her to Paris Hilton and Sarah Palin.

    December 5, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. JOHN

    Graystone Beetle are you actually comparing that list of all be it "decent" accomplishments with being the govenor of the largest state in the country?

    December 5, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. Eric

    Seriously could we stop having the same old families ruling this country and start electing other qualified people who don't happen to come from a well known powerful political family. This is a democracy not a monarchy!

    December 5, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Democrats, New Yorkers, and all Americans would be well served by the thoughtful, intelligent daughter of JFK. Our country should be so lucky as to have her in the Senate.

    December 5, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. LLW


    December 5, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Lala-Waxhaw NC

    Not caroline, I think Robert

    December 5, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. giri d

    To all those who has written against the Caroline Kennedy I can say that this great country of U S of A is going to DOGS and indications are what has happened in last eight years and the candidacy of likes of SRAH PALIN and people promoting the morans like JOE the Plumber.
    Kennedy has lost a generation in the service of this nation. inspite they have continued to serve the country.
    We need intellectuals not the DUMMIES.

    December 5, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Mike, Ohio

    I love that woman. She would be perfect for the job. She’s intelligent and knowledgeable of how Government works, Caroline Kennedy 2016!!

    December 5, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Sharonella

    Come on. Get real. Obama patronage should not win the day. Let's give the Kennedy charisma a rest, and bring some serious contenders to Hillary's old position.

    December 5, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Rick

    She's a loser.

    December 5, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Robin

    Of all the Kennedy's she has demonstrated tremendous integrity and humanity in her work and books published. I have wanted her to serve our country for a long time because I feel like I can trust her. I believe she shares the ideals of RFK much more than any other Kennedy in the public eye.

    December 5, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Silence Dogood

    Are Obama followers programmed for or against Washington dynasties now?

    December 5, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Karen, Arkansas

    This is absolutely insane,are the only qualifications for Democrats in political office their last names???Doesn't an important job like Senator require some experience,you just elected a Democratic president that is doing on the job training,what are you thinking????

    Are you referring to Dubya or Jeb?

    December 5, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. white female

    Thanks to James, Chris, and all those with some knownledge of fact.
    It is so shameful for those who compare her to Sarah Palin, and Paris.
    She will make a great law maker, She is so refined, and has such moral upstanding, and has done a great job of raising her Children unlike someone we know (Sarah Palin, low life standed) get over it people of right wing haters.
    Clean up your own backyards, get a life for a change and stop falling for (o) zero's and pick hero's for once in your life time.

    New life, new beginings, OBAMA/BIDEN & Company 08-20016

    December 5, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    @ John 11:49am:

    Why do you blame Obama for everything!!! I mean really, it is supposed to snow here in the east tomorrow. If it doesn't, is that Obama's fault too. Get a grip.

    December 5, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. sam

    Great-More change we can believe in. Isn't Chelsea available? How about young Barbara Bush? There must be someone from a established political family to carry on the nepotism which controls our political system. I know, let the Obamas buy a home in N.Y. and Michelle can fill the seat with her ample behind.

    December 5, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Meka

    For all the Post . . . requiring EXPERIENCE!

    GW BUSH had experience . . . and look at THAT RESULTS!

    Carolyn would be a great choice, as Senator. She brings LOGIC, apparently something MOST AMERICAN'S ARE LACKING . . . they allowed BUSH to be SELECTED **TWICE**!

    December 5, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. Lara

    Caroline Kennedy grew up around politics. I'm sure she knows a lot more then the comments here give her credit for. She is not like the other Kennedy's you don't hear any scandal about her or her children. She is well educated and always conducts herself like a lady. I would vote for her. I wish her well no matter what she decides to do.

    December 5, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    I think she'd be terrific!.... and a HUGE improvement over that grasping Hillary person.

    December 5, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Brandon

    I really do not think the New York Governor should give the seat to Caroline Kennedy. It should go to real New Yorkers.
    If the Governor does, the next governor of NY will be somebody else and not him.

    December 5, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. Rob Johnson

    If she wants it, it's hers for the taking. It's hard to picture somebody with the last name Kennedy losing a Senate race in New York.

    Given Ted Kennedy's failing health, it's worth asking: When was the last time there wasn't a Kennedy in the Senate? JFK was elected in 1953, but I think there was a gap between 1960 and 1962, when Ted first got elected.

    With Caroline's support of Obama, it would be a rich irony if she does end up replacing Hillary in the Senate.

    December 5, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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