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. Dufferdo

    Ugh,
    Just to let you know, the President with the LEAST experience in government was: Abraham Lincoln.
    He was the only president with no experience as a governor, senator, Cabinet member, general or vice president. Lincoln’s previous experience in public office consisted of one term in the U.S. House, several terms in the Illinois Legislature and a brief tenure as postmaster of New Salem, Ill. He was also an unsuccessful merchant, a successful lawyer and twice an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate.

    December 5, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. Reality Check

    Yes. Caroline will be the first female president. I will go out and knock doors for her, when the time comes.

    December 5, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. susie

    Just having the Kennedy name does not qualify her for the position.

    December 5, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. Clark

    Caroline Bouvier Kennedy is highly qualified to be United Sates Senator and represent the people of New York state. She has earned respect and made a positive difference in her own right. The lives of so many New York City school children have been touched by her hard work and dedication to the public schools sysytem and education in general. Her education and lifetime of experience will serve her well in the Senate. Those who compare her to the ditz Palin and airhead Hilton have abviously not read up on all Ms. Kenneedy has done and achieved in her lifetime. They are obviously still upset about the election...

    December 5, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. empty vessel part two

    You people are right, She is NO Sarah Palin.

    Palin has actually worked a day in her life, EARNED everything she has gotten, was elected Mayor and then Governor (THE most popular Governor in the country) and has run a business and PAID her way through college, HER OWN WAY..

    These things you sheep used to respect, but she isn't part of the chosen ones circle of friends.

    Caroline has done what exactly, besides being a Kennedy and being nice and going to charity events and sipping champagne?

    I LIKE Caroline and respect her, but again what qualifies her for the JOB of Senator?

    Take off those Obama and everyone around him is sooooo great blinders, it is getting old already.

    December 5, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Say Chowda

    You people are right, She is NO Sarah Palin.

    Palin has actually worked a day in her life, EARNED everything she has gotten, was elected Mayor and then Governor (THE most popular Governor in the country) and has run a business and PAID her way through college, HER OWN WAY..

    These things you sheep used to respect, but she isn't part of the chosen ones circle of friends.

    Caroline has done what exactly, besides being a Kennedy and being nice and going to charity events and sipping champagne?

    I LIKE Caroline and respect her, but again what qualifies her for the JOB of Senator?

    Take off those Obama and everyone around him is sooooo great blinders, it is getting old already.

    December 5, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. zzzzzz

    Mary.... I'm too a life long democrat, but I agree with you. I don't get this one. Caroline Kennedy a politician????

    December 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. H

    NOT ANOTHER KENNEDY – THEY DO NOT HAVE THE HIGH STANDARDS THAT HILLARY HAS. HILLARY I THINK LOVED NEW YORK AND IT SHOWED. GIVE NEW YORK SOMEONE LIKE HER.

    December 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. GuyInVA

    Once again, the question of being "qualified" rears its ugly head. The Constitution determines who is qualified. We have redefined qualified as attributes we as individuals deem worthy of election. During the campaign, I quickly got sick and tired of hearing who was and was not qualified for the presidency or vice presidency. As for those of you comparing Ms. Kennedy to President-elect Obama, Governor Palin, President Bush, or whoever, TSL hit the nail on the head: each of them were elected... not appointed. Hopefully Gov. Patterson will take political experience into account when naming a senator who will not have received a single vote from the people he or she will represent.

    December 5, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. libssuck1

    This is just a media pitch for Caroline. Nobody has heard of this until the media invented it. This woman isn't into politics and she isn't a politician, let alone a crook like Cliton. Leave this poor woman alone.
    The idiot media wants to create garbage, we need to silence the media freaks like Piglosi wants to silence talk radio.

    December 5, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Rob Johnson

    The Kennedy name may not qualify her for the position, but that doesn't mean she wouldn't win.

    I see your point, but the simple reality is that all she has to do is run and she would win easily over any possible Republican. This is New York we're talking about.

    December 5, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. ck

    Hillary was married to a president....

    Caroline's father was a president....

    That makes them qualified in the Dumbs eyes..

    WHAT A JOKE!! LOL

    December 5, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. Charles

    GO CAROLINE!!!!! BARACK & I ARE 100% FOR YOU!!!!
    WHAT'S THE PROBLEM????!!!

    December 5, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. Rob

    It seems a few people need to read up on Caroline Kennedy. She is far more accomplished than many of you are aware. She hasn't been prominent or flashy, but she has been busy.

    December 5, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. arion

    let her run and win the seat on her own. put someone there who earned it

    December 5, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. Kelly, Georgetown

    Obama and Caroline, stop, it's too much. This must be Democratic heaven.

    December 5, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  17. I miss bush already

    I think Jeb Bush is the only person who should fill this spot. If he doesnt here in NY, then in Delaware or take over for Richardson in New Mexico.

    December 5, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. Jeff in Illinois

    Rick December 5th, 2008 11:50 am ET

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

    Family name, just like what qualified George W. Bush to be governor of Texas, even though he failed at everything he ever did.

    Only difference is, Caroline is not a lifetime failure.

    December 5, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  19. Blue balloons

    I called this one a week ago when the question was raised. Now it looks like it will happen. Way to go, Caroline. Fulfill Hillary's legacy and continue her good work as only a Kennedy can.

    December 5, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. Thinker

    Caroline has been raised in a ppolitically active family motivated to
    serve. She has an excellent education, has served others in many
    ways such as improving the schools in New York. She has studied
    the foundations of our country, and has knowledge of our laws.
    She is poised, articulate and knows how to analyze and make
    common sense decions. She cares about others. While some
    "experienced" senators need graft, etc. to make their decisions,
    Caroline doesn't need graft. I am certain she would rate much
    higher than many of our current senators who have many years
    of experience sucyh as Ted Stevens. Caroline has never been
    involved in any scandal.

    December 5, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. CMG

    Ideal choice...

    December 5, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. Reality

    She will make Palin look like a Rhodes Scholar.

    December 5, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. Trudy

    I am really tired of the talk over who has the resume and who doesn't. The truth of the matter is resume, citizenship, motive and other things only came into play because of Obama's race. As soon as everyone admits that to themselves, the better. Many people are discrediting Caroline's resume but cannot name what they think Caroline should have to be a Senator and they themselves cannot stand up to that level of scrutiny in the first place. A solid education is a good thing, not a disease, and no one should be comparing it to the likes of Hilton or Palin. That right there is a disservice to women at a large. Almost every negative post on CNN is gender or race based and it is getting pretty annoying. Women are not a monolithic group and some can be qualified while others cannot. Caroline has the making of a great Senator and to the person spitting "election" as a comment, it is law that the Governor chooses a replacement. To the person mentioning Spitzer, you should be ashamed of yourself saying that man should be placed in a position....only if the people at large choose to re-elect him for something else then I guess NYers will stomach that but no way should be be appointed to anything. And to the person calling Obama a liar...I want you to sit down and think about the REAL reasons your feelings are so negative to someone who is not in office yet. Change is more than slapping random people into positions, again, as I comment on every post, it is a change in vision, direction, goal, moving to positive over negative. I challenge the haters to read The Audacity of Hope before you start judging someone over random spew you may read on opinion based sites and not fact.

    December 5, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. MsRotten

    No more Cuomo's in government!!

    Choose Caroline!!

    December 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. Randy, San Francisco

    The Camelot magic is still alive!

    December 5, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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