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. Michael-Ventura,CA

    I would LOVE to see her take that position! This just gets better and better! gwb and his cohorts can't leave soon enough!
    I think with all the Dems in the Senate and House, it will insure that CHANGE can and will happen!

    December 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. JOHN

    larry in texas....she deserves it? she deserves it? you are supposed to earn things in life....not deserve it

    December 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Rush Lameduck

    She would be a great pick.Maybe she could find that 700 billion dollars Paulson hid.

    December 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. Camelot Returns


    We could do worse with slimeballs like Stevens and that idiot in the airport restroom. I think Caroline would be a breath of fresh air in the Senate.

    Kudos to her if she decides to run. Of course, there goes her privacy, but I think she's probably thought about the consequences.

    December 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Ron

    Experience? LOL – who needs it? If Obama can get elected as president with no experience why would she need experience? She couldn't do any worse than the clowns that are already there.

    December 5, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. Pennie Johnson

    Please Gov. Patterson, give the seat to Caroline. It's hers by proxy anyway. Had her brother lived, HE"D be the Jr.senator not HRC,whom I believe pirated it for a presidential run. She'd be great and have SINCERE interests of New Yorkers in the forefront.

    December 5, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. FL for Obama

    I think she'd be a great choice!

    December 5, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Dan

    Caroline Kennedy is a bright well-spoken woman. She could be a great senator, especially with her legal background and her noteworthy published interests on public policy. And she definitely knows the insides of the party. My sense is that this woman could make a difference. While being a Kennedy is the icing on her cake, she merits this on her own account.

    December 5, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. rachel

    What no one crying about a kennedy dynasty?

    December 5, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Laverne

    To FreeNLovIt: McCain was never flying high. He never made it past the 50% mark. He did okay following the introduction of Sarah Palin and coming out of the convention, but than again, Obama also got a bump after the Democratic convention. McCain would have still lost the race even if the economy didn't tank. America wanted change and voted for Obama, and most all the undecided voters who did not want to publically admit they were voting for Obama did so at the last minute because they got a good hard look at what a McCain presidency would mean. Sorry, but you are delusional!

    December 5, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. dave

    WHY! Hillary is not eligible for the Sec of State job until 2013, nice try!

    December 5, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Joe

    Why not i'm sure she knows about politics as any one else because she has been around it all of her life. I'm sure she can really handle the job very well.

    December 5, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Karen

    She is about as unqualified to be a senator as Sarah Palin was to be vice-president. What has happened to us? Don't we have any standards around experience when we make these suggestions? Is it all about star power these days? No No No for the people of NY.

    December 5, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. rachel

    Where's my post? none complaining about the kennedy dynasty noone talking about the skeletons in their family? drinkin, murder etc...

    December 5, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. Nat

    She's a dork? My, what a sound and intelligent arguement.

    December 5, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. mk

    Comparing Caroline Kennedy to Sarah Palin or Paris Hilton is why republicans lost the election, they stil do not have a clue. Cuomo is also a great choice. I'm sure the governor will make a sound choice. I wish I had the same confidence in my own governor here in Illinois. But I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

    December 5, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    Outstanding for Caroline Kennedy

    December 5, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Soccer Nana

    I hope she accepts if the offer is made.

    December 5, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. Cathy Brandes

    The change was in policy! The cabinets appointees so far have been excellent choices. How about you let him take office before you judge!
    The only ones who should have any comment about Senator Clinton's replacement should be the citizens of New York. The rest of us can stay quiet.

    December 5, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Central FL

    Caroline Kennedy would be an excellent choice. She is widely respected and knowledgeable. Caroline's genuine appeal could greatly contrast against Guiliani's shenanigans in 2010.

    December 5, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Deborah

    I would love to see Caroline Kennedy in this seat. She is the most private of the Kennedy's, but that's because she doesn't crave the spotlight, not because she isn't an intelligent, thoughtful, incorruptible individual who would be a great proponent for the people and not let politics and special interests get in the way.

    December 5, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. Tiff of lithia springs

    I don't think she is in politics that deeply. I could be wrong. But is seems she dabbles at her convenience.

    All those judging Obama he couldn't possibly do any worse than "W". which will stand for WORST president ever!

    December 5, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |

    She would be fabulous!

    Go Caroline!

    December 5, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. Valerie

    From Someone who grew up in NY, and currently lives in rochester, ny this would be beyond stupid. she would ONLY get it SOLEY based on her name. Oh wait, isn't that how Hillary got Elected to a state SHE'S NOT FROM? NYC IS NOT NY, ny is Buffalo, Syracuse, rochester, Ithaca, etc. absolutely not, and if i could, i'd run against her, since i'm a republican, and that is what is needed to clean up NY politics as ususal.


    December 5, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. bill c.

    it's fine by me...

    December 5, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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