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. Scott (Camarillo, Ca)

    Personally I think the position should come from one of the more senior members of the New York State Senate. CHeers

    December 5, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Joe the Plumber

    She will be a great Senator. You go girl!

    December 5, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Jon

    Hey Ed from Santa Fe...
    I think you meant to say, "That Secretary of State-Hillary Person"

    December 5, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Enitan

    That would be wonderful, she just like Hillary care deeply about little people.

    It would be a tremendous win for everyday working mother's like so many, many Americans that are trying to make ends meet.

    Its our time to have somone like her and Hillary speaks for us.

    December 5, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Dianne

    I believe Caroline is a superb replacement for Hillary Clinton. She is very well educated, knows how to speak to the public, and has been around politica her entire life. I can only imagine some of the debates around her family that she has listen too. Also, I am sure Jacqueline Kennedy her mom, taught her many things about politics having lived her life before the public. These are things that put her above the curve and she will not make those mistakes. I believe her education, her life experiences more than make her qualified. I hope if Caroline is offered the position; she takes it.

    December 5, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Pam

    Caroline's resume is quite impressive She is a Harvard University graduate and advises the Harvard Institute of Politics. She is also a Columbia Law School graduate, has written and edited many books and is a remarkably intelligent woman but I think she should stay out of the Senate as it is just not her calling.

    December 5, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Meh

    If I still lived in NYS, I would totally for her. This woman is a smart cookie. I don't even care that she's a Kennedy...besides, she's not one of the ones caught up in any sort of scandal so who cares?

    December 5, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. worriedmom

    What happen to the whole "CHANGE" format all you libbies voted on? I see the same ole thing going on! Just from a different side now! You got snookered!

    December 5, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Bruce WExler

    Everyone loves Caroline. We remember her as a baby, and we revere her father and her uncle. I don't know what she has been doing the last thirty years. Someone tell me has resume.

    December 5, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. barry

    as much as i like her as a person. i just don't see much substance there...Maria Shriever would be a much better choice. She and Arnold could do the trans continental relationship....

    December 5, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. karen raleigh

    She's a lady. A great choice.

    December 5, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. No Incumbents 2010

    Kennedy, there's a new name in politics.

    December 5, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Melissa

    Better her than another Bush.

    December 5, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. lonnette33

    Can't stand the Kennedys (Teddy). However, Caroline is a good woman. I do line Robert Kennedy Jr. But Caroline needs to stay on the philantrophy side things. She's no politicians that for sure. Terrible choice.

    December 5, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. GraystoneBeatle

    Think about the 2004 (yes, 2004) election. Know who was the most experienced candidate?

    Dubya's second term did amply show,
    It's not just experience, you know.
    With four years he'd banked,
    The economy he tanked,
    His gray hairs didn't help us, for sure.

    What you need is intelligence, judgement and competence. That, and the right ideology ... I mean left ideology.

    December 5, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. lonnette33

    Isn't it like the Kennedys to think they are entitled. And some what to talk about the Clintons "ambition". Please. The Kennedys are ridiculous.

    December 5, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. IndyVoter

    Hey Robert,

    Did you graduate from Harvard? Do you have a law degree from Colombia? Are you a lawyer? Have you ever been the CEO of an organization and dealt with budgets, human resources and the like? Have you eaten, breathed and lived a life of politics since your youth? If so, then you are in good company, because so has Caroline Kennedy!!! So then your answer is YES!! Both you and Caroline are qualified to be a US Senator.

    December 5, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. Mary - a lifelong Democrat

    Caroline Kennedy seems like a decent person who has lived her life with integrity. She went to law school, she’s written a few books, and she is devoted to her family.

    However, it is beyond comprehension how being a nice person qualifies her to join the US Senate. What has she ever run for??? What political cause has she devoted her life to? (maintaining the family name doesn’t count). What has she done??

    Here’s a question: has Caroline Kennedy ever had a real job – you know, the kind that you have to go to every day or else you get fired?

    If the only reason for getting the job that a person can point to is that they are a member of “the lucky sperm club”, then maybe the job should go to somebody else.

    You know, someone whose decades of work experience and public service make them a qualified candidate for the position.

    Just saying.

    December 5, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. MIchael Wingo

    GIVE ME A BREAK.....who it the world would even think about putting those two together?

    December 5, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Clinton Basher

    Chelsea Clinton is the only logical choice to fill that seat.

    December 5, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. Clinton Basher

    Chelsea Clinton is the only logical choice to fill that Senate seat.

    December 5, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. David

    2 words: RUDY GIULIANI – Let's no forget all the good he did for NYC!

    December 5, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Brian - Trinidad

    If that's true,this is another senate seat the Republicans can put in the bag in 4yrs time.

    December 5, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. Rachel

    Caroline Kennedy would be a good choice. After all Palin made Govenor and Caroline has Palin beat in charm, brains, and the whole nine yards. Go Caroline!

    December 5, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. be blessed

    I HOPE SHE WILL TAKE IT IF OFFERED.

    December 5, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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