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. Mike, Syracuse NY

    OMG! From bad to worse. Caroline Kennedy has no experience at all. Larry in Texas, bad family luck is hardly a credential for a US Senator. She in no way 'deserves it'. Clinton got the job because of HER family name. Now it's time for someone truly qualified.

    December 5, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. chris @ Stl

    Caroline seems a good fit. We need some one with common sense and not bound by 'ideology' in a time like this.

    I have been watching the hearings in congress on auto bailout ... I don't know how some of those congressman got elected. Most of them did not even read the proposal sent in advance by the CEOs. Kept on asking irrelevant and stupid questions .... The person who really irritated me was Sen. Shelby ....

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

    My last name is _______________! Can I step in and take Clintons seat? My entire family has grown up political...but not really wealthy!!!! not well connected, and not a historical family. But really, can I take Clintons seat? My experience is pretty thin, but really, I could do the job!

    December 5, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. dan

    It's obvious that you only need to be a celebrity to be 'qualified' to be a US Senator (Al Franken). I suppose the day is coming when we'll be hearing about the Rosie O'Donnell and Joy Behar candidacies.

    December 5, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Virginia

    I hope that Caroline doesn't do it. She doesn't have the experience, and her name doesn't qualify her. But more than that, I wouldn't want to follow in Clinton's footsteps, and I would hate for her to meet a fate similar to the rest of her family, either death or some criminal activity. She is too nice person for that. Don't Caroline!

    December 5, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Dave


    December 5, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. AJ

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. would be a logical choice. Caroline? Please.

    December 5, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. Francie

    Where has she been all these years???? She's a total stranger
    to everyone....and would be appointed ONLY on the strength of her
    Kennedy name – nothing more.

    That doesn't sound acceptable.

    December 5, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. nick

    Take it Caroline we still need a Kennedy in our political lives.

    December 5, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. Super D

    This trying to re-live the 60's and the Clinton Administration has got to stop.

    Caroline Kennedy is a pampered princess who does not know a thing. It's about as good as a call as naming Paris Hilton for this Senate spot.

    Dems obviously don't rate experience very high, just look at Obama.

    December 5, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Kennedy For Senator

    She'd be an excellent choice. I would vote for her in a New York minute.

    December 5, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Theresa

    Kennedy would be wonderful!!

    December 5, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Brian

    yes,yes,yes. A thousand time yes. She is the least tainted of all.

    December 5, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Reality

    awesome !!! I can see her becoming the first woman as President someday !!! 🙂

    December 5, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to DC Observer:

    Caroline Kennedy is very highly thought of by people on both sides of the political spectrum and is consulted, regularly, on all issues by members of both political ideologies. She can put a sentence together and is not a punch line at cocktail parties.

    Sarah Palin is as vacant and phony as she appears! You are obviously a Republican – be proud of the future selctions your party has and look no further than the current White House to explain why we are in the mess we are in – you helped elect a drunken, coke-headed frat boy lout to the POTUS. He should never have been allowed to run, let alone get installed!!!

    December 5, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. James

    What has she done? Another empty suit. She's not qualified, I don't care what her last name is.

    December 5, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Nancy

    Oh I hope not. Flat out she has no qualifications for the job. She is somewhat of a polarizing figure, after her support of Obama in NY. Bear in mind Senator Clinton is widely popular here, especially upstate.

    There are many much more qualified women in NYS government and its Congressional delegation. For that matter, there are far more qualified non-sexist men as well. There's been no mention of Bill Clinton (yes, he can if he wants to) or Congressman Maurice Hinchey, who is also from upstate.

    December 5, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Pat F

    More Obamatons' nostalgia for Camelot. How sad, really.

    December 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. endithinks

    Personally I like her, but what are her qualifications for a position as important as New York Senator? I truly think she is a wonderful person; I just don't want celebrity to possibly outshine substance.

    December 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. strong

    It is the same old faces, the same old families or clans who get these jobs: the Kennedys, the Clintons, ..... didn't someone say something about "change" not too long ago ??

    December 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Tony R.

    Please, no. If she hadn't vetted for Obama, would Patterson have really thought her worth considering? I think there are better choices in New York to chose from rather than giving away political gift to friends.

    December 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. FreeNlovit Is Not Free


    You're wrong. Barack would have won even if the economy had not tanked. It is racist like you who can't stand the fact that he won on his own merit, so you have to invent some whacko excuse like the economy. Americans rejected John overwhelmingly by 8 million votes, that's 8 million votes. What does it take for you knuckleheads to get it. Barack won because he was the best person for the job.

    Get a life–and stop being so mean. I blame your mother for raising you stupidly.

    Bring it on, I'm waiting for your reply.

    December 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. wait a minute

    Caroline Kennedy has her father's character and courage. It's not just in the name. But we shouldn't ignore other candidates. It's bad for our democracy to recycle the famous people through D.C. like Clinton and Bush.

    December 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Sherri

    It would be terrific for Caroline Kennedy to take on the Senate position. She is intelligent, thoughtful and certainly worthy of the job. It is a breath of fresh air to see civility and intelligence returning to America. I thank President-elect Barack Obama for setting that tone.

    December 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Just do it.

    December 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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