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. BS not Maverick

    Great Choice!!!

    December 5, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Olivia

    Oprah should interview Caroline Kennedy to see if she wants to continue supporting Obama as a senator.
    I'm glad Palin ignored Oprah after she snubbed Sarah during the election. On the other hand.....Sarah's "natural beauty" may have blinded her and given us a little bit of satisfaction.

    December 5, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |

    All you idiots talking about this ISN'T change. The new senator is NOT Obama's choice so please with the negativity! You're lives must really be miserable.

    Anway, Caroline doesn't come to mind when I think of experience for this position but at least she's a level headed person and I respect her.

    December 5, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Gary B

    I agree same old faces, families, and politics.

    How about nominating Brian Higgens from Westerm New York. I am a Republican but found him to be honest and hard working.

    He actually is accessible to the public and looking out for the residents of Western New York. It's only fair that someone down state be part of the solution for New York. I believe he would do for New York what he has done for Western New York .

    The whole state doesn't revolve around NYC.

    December 5, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Miranda

    At first I tended to agree when people mentioned that Caroline has no experience but then I started really thinking about it and maybe that's what we need....someone who isn't bought out by lobbyists or other political players.....someone to think outside of the box and come up with a different strategies. I mean look what the experienced ones have done and where our economy is. Maybe new faces are what we need. Also, let's not forget that her dad didn't have all that much experience per se behind him when he became a very youthful president.

    December 5, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. david

    I believe we will see a female president in our lifetime. It's not going to be Palin or Clintion, I predict it'll be Caroline Kennedy.

    December 5, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. From New York

    I can say that Hilary Clinton has done absolutely nothing for upstate New York, Buffalo had the highest gas prices in the country a few months back and she was nowhere to be found. Her "perceived influence" was just that, perceived. I say, anything is better than her in office, she was an ABSENT politician.

    December 5, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. STLouisGal

    The difference between Caroline Kennedy and Sarah Palin...Kennedy has a brain! McCain was sailing high? LOL! He picked Palin and it was all over. The bitter repubs on here are so entertaining! McCain lost. Get over it.

    December 5, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Jeanne

    Hillary Clinton did not "get" the senate position because of her name. She was voted in. If that was the case, then she would be our president-elect.

    December 5, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. STLouisGal

    FYI...CHANGE meant no more repubs in the white house. CHANGE meant no more wars for politcal and business gain. CHANGE meant no more favors for the richest Americans. Get it?

    December 5, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. SueWKline

    Let's stop giving people great jobs based on their last name. There are very many New Yorkers who would fit the bill nicely. Just because Caroline endorsed Obama does not give Obama the right to have a say in New York's politics. Ask Governor Patterson who he wants. He is the guy who will decide.

    December 5, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. j

    I'd like to see Robert Kennedy, jr replace Clinton and Chelsea Clinton replace Robert Kennedy, jr in the House. Got to get the next Clinton generation started.

    Actually, I'd like to know if Caroline is qualified. Other than being a Kennedy, what does she know about the legislature and implementing good laws?

    December 5, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. Change

    Great the woman has no experience at all, but that doesn't matter she is a democrat.

    December 5, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. gerri

    Great choice.The Republicans better find a new name plate,they look and sound like an Edsel car to me now.Rove was right,he just got the party wrong.

    December 5, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Louis in Brooklyn

    Her Cousin is more qualified. Caroline stabbed the Clintons in the back by folding to her kids and endorsing Pres Elect Obama very early on.
    Bill Clinton was very supportive of her family especially during the time of her brothers death / burial. A Navy or Coast Guard ship was alloacted to bury his ashes at sea and maintain family privicy. I recall President Clinton taking a flack for that kind gesture.
    Regardless, Caroline has zero experience as a politician except by family name and exposure. she could never get elected on her merits.

    December 5, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Bob

    I think that she would be a good choice but the Gov. should select a person of color. The U.S. Senate shouldn't be lilly white in this day and time.

    December 5, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Robin in SC

    Maybe no obvious or official experience, but Caroline is behind the scenes more than most may realize. She's with Uncle Ted quite often and did a great job in her position with the Obama campaign. I think its time for another Kennedy to dive into the political arena and Caroline has the connections, good judgement, common sense, and "the family business" in her favor. She's an "insider" but she's "outside" the of both worlds if you ask me!

    December 5, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. LIP

    Registered Republican that votes like an Independant and I say that Caroling Kennedy is as qualified as the next person and if Ms Kennedy wants the job, she should get in line like anyone else and interview for it. Good luck to her.

    December 5, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Sherrol in Canada

    Bottom line is, a Kennedy, any Kennedy has to be rewarded for the unyielding support they bestowed on Pres-elect Obama. The question is, what job would be best suited? Does Carolyn Kennedy really possess the qualifications required to be a US Senator? If she does, then let the deed be done.

    December 5, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. ChicagoSuz

    She did grow up in New York. On the other hand, apparently Hillary grew up everywhere BUT New York.

    I thought she was interested in working for Pres-elect Obama in Washington...

    December 5, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Evan in Chicago

    Should Ms. Kennedy be interested, she would be qualified for sure.... she meets the requirements as laid out by the rules for being a senator..... just because you may not agree with her positions or ideas doesn't make her un-qualified... just means you don't support her in the role....

    December 5, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. JTR

    I have a suggestion for the NY Senate seat: Cuomo - not Andrew, but Mario! He's be a great choice for the interim period, allowing voters to make an independent selection in two years.

    December 5, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. Debby

    Well why not we have an unqualified Pres. elect.

    December 5, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. chuck

    Karen: You are a sick woman like Sarah Palin.

    December 5, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. dannie of New York

    I think Gov P. should put Condi Rice in that position. NY would lover her! I don't think it's wise to go with another Kennedy especially with Barack so heavily involved with the decision making here. It's best if he stays out of state affairs.

    December 5, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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