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. Susan, Macedon New York

    I've been hoping one of the Kennedy's would get back into national politics for years now! The family exemplifies service to their country and Caroline is an intelligent and well-educated individual who actually managed to get good grades (unlike our current president)!

    The republicans are so terrified that another strong woman will be entering the political arena that they'll say anything!

    If you're going to be part of a dynasty, the Kennedys are the family to be in! Unlike the Bushes who are crooked and corrupt to the core.


    December 5, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. j williamson

    I'm sure Caroline Kennedy is a lovely person, but should someone be appointed to such a high position based mainly on a family name?

    December 5, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Eric Warren

    She she even live in New York?

    December 5, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Eric Warren

    Does she even live in New York?

    December 5, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. DJ

    What we really need are "public servants", not professional politicians. People that are willing to serve for the common good, like school board members, scout leaders, etc. that are willing to donate their time and talent for a term, and then get back to their full time careers. No more elitests, no more politicians that vote in their own raises, no more jobs for life at the public trough!

    December 5, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Benson, MS

    Uhh...Joe the Plumber or Caroline Kennedy....that's a tough one–NOT.

    Don't be morons, go with the Harvard grad.

    December 5, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. johnny

    Oh stop all the whining and bellyaching! The same people crying boo-hoo, aren't expressing the same disgust regarding Jeb Bush taking another stab at political life. He may be the more talented brother, but he's still a nut off the same tree. It is time for someone else to run the country.

    December 5, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |

    For those of you who say Ms. Kennedy is unqualified, do yourself a favor and take 5 minutes to do a quick Google search of her. Accomplishments of note: her education, her writing (articles, op-eds, books), her dedication to social responsibility, and the many other positions she's held. If you feel the need to compare, look up stats on other Senators before they were in office. I'd venture to guess she is MORE than qualified, especially technically and comparatively speaking. She is also extremely eloquent and intelligent, has grown up around politics, and is by no means an alienator or divider like so many people on the political scene today. If she wants the seat, I would be very happy to see her have it!
    And kudos to Gene for pointing out that "what's funny is that the same people complaining that this Harvard grad isn't qualified to be a senator are the ones that were trying to push Joe the Plumber to run in 2010"– not to mention the ones supporting Palin. How true!! And the comparison of Ms. Kennedy to Paris Hilton is perhaps the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard... in fact, it's downright wrong and insulting. Pity on you for being so misinformed, but don't spread your ignorance to others!!!

    December 5, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. bob in LA

    Obama is proving he lied before he even gets into office.
    More political favors, more insiders in place.
    The man for change is the same old song.
    I voted for him but reluctantly and did not expect him to dissapoint me quite this fast!

    December 5, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. mw


    December 5, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Janice

    Isn't she precious. Of course, hand her the job; she's a Kennedy after all.

    December 5, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. JL

    HOPEFUL, I love Caroline Kennedy, she is such a good person.

    December 5, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. donniebaseball

    i really hope she is the one...she represents all that is good

    December 5, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. BigVin

    Can someone stop putting the Kennedy family on this high pedestal?

    December 5, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Kim

    Excellent educational background; she has been a thoughtful and intelligent writer. Common sense, low-key. Her qualifications have nothing to do with her family history. Excellent idea, but my bet is she will not accept.

    December 5, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Daniel

    Great! A President with no experience. Now a US Senator with even less experience. This is exactly the reason why I no longer support the Democratic Party. Let me look on the bright side, she has not killed anyone, had numerous affairs or raped an underage baby-sitter ... yet!

    This country is going down!

    December 5, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. Sue in MI

    Why? What has she done politically? She is an excellent editor of her mom's poems and other writings, but what has she herself done that qualifies her to be a Senator? Being born a Kennedy? If that's all that's required, let's give the seat to Chelsea.Let her run for a seat like everyone else...this doesn't make sense.

    December 5, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Andy

    Great. Another Kennedy in office. Great promises Obama, more of the same old same old. First we get the clinton admin again and now another name piece.

    December 5, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. JIM

    Lets stop speculating, because everyone speculated McCain's VP nominee and we got Gov. Palin. Let's wait and see what actually happens.

    December 5, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. UnitedStates1776

    Caroline Kennedy would be a perfect replacement for Sen. Clinton. She has lived in NY for many years, is a very intelligent and well-respected person, and would well represent the people of the state of NY in the US Senate. A perfect choice.

    December 5, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. Patricia

    I'm sorry, but this is getting ridiculous. I actually like the Kennedys for the most part and am a life-long Democrat, but shouldn't one have to have SOME type of legislative experience at the state level before becoming a U.S. Senator? So Carolyn comes from a political family and she attended law school, but she never practiced law, never drafted a bill, never served in any government or legislative office, and in fact has made a point of staying out of the public eye and having no involvement in politics her entire life. Just having the Kennedy name and supporting Obama during the election does not qualify one to become a member of the U.S. Congress. If she wants to enter politics, let her do what everyone else has to do, and start serving at the bottom of the ladder. Put the time in, learn something about how our government operates and THEN run for a seat.

    December 5, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. A New Day Is Dawning!

    She's a fine choice for NY Senator.

    December 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. Kennedy in Wa. State

    All the way with JFK was the quote of his campaign, so maybe Caroline's should be CBK(her initials)Come Back Kennedy, which also works just fine!(CBK)

    NY you need her more than you know!

    December 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. andrea from MA

    caoline would be a great senator then
    i would love caroline to become the first woman president !!!!!!!!!!! go caroline !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. Clinton Supporter

    Could anyone know less about the issues across New York State?

    Private by choice, and I respect that. But suddenly a SENATOR?

    No way!

    December 5, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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