December 18th, 2008
03:50 PM ET
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Caroline Kennedy's public campaign may box in Paterson

Kennedy has been touring the state as she pushes for a Senate appointment.
Kennedy has been touring the state as she pushes for a Senate appointment.

(CNN) - Caroline Kennedy is on a public campaign for Sen. Hillary Clinton's Senate seat, which may make it difficult for New York Gov. David Paterson not to send President John F. Kennedy's only living child to Washington.

While she has to win over only one voter - Paterson - Kennedy essentially began a political campaign for the seat, which was once held by her uncle, Robert F. Kennedy, with a visit to upstate New York on Wednesday.

Watch a Kennedy Senate rival weigh in on her chances

And on Thursday, Kennedy meet with civil rights activist Al Sharpton, an influence in national and New York politics.

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  1. Phil in KC

    She's not stupid. She knows how the game is played. Evidently, she has decided she really wants this. Of course, she's probably getting some advice from some very politically savvy relatives.

    December 18, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. change in America

    I hope the gov paterson chose Caroline because she would be good for NY school reform for NY

    December 18, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Valerie

    absolutely NOT. i will NOT live in NY any longer if she buys that seat soley on the fact taht her last name is Kennedy. she would never have ever done this if she actually had to get elected. we have a Democratic Governor who has no idea what he's doing anyway, so how can we trust him to make this choice?

    December 18, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Marva, Baltimore MD

    I don't get it. When John Kennedy Jr. was alive people were bugging him about running for an office. Now that Caroline has said that she wants to serve the public–what's the big deal? She has the same stock from the same family. The Kennedys have given a lot to this country, I say let her have the position. If she doesn't measure up, there's 2012–vote her out.

    December 18, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Matt

    Go away Ms. Namesake. It's time to end the politics of nepotism in this country, not encourage it.

    December 18, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. James

    Princess Caroline is the most entitled person in America.

    December 18, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. obama-mama

    Dang that's a scary picture...

    December 18, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. ANNE BOWERS

    I believe Carolina Kennedy's life has been too shelter and influenced
    by the deeds of her Father. She defintely is not qualified or
    worthy of the position....

    December 18, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Rick

    And it certainly appears that we need school reform in NY.

    December 18, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Mike, Syracuse NY

    If Sharpton endorses her that would be the final indication that she should never get appointed.

    December 18, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Matthew

    This is BS. So what if she raises money for the ballet and public schools and has a law degree. Give me an hour and I could come up with a list of 100 other rich women in Manhattan with the same resume.

    December 18, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Gene

    I still say they hold a special election. It's not that I don't feel that she's qualified. She's well educated and truly seems to have the peoples' best interests at heart. But if she's appointed.. everyone will just say it's name recognition which could result in a lot of resentment.

    Though I think if there was an election, she would be the one elected.

    December 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Independant Vet

    STAY BACK . WHEN THIS BUBBLE STARTS TO GAIN SPEED OF UNWNDING. lOOKS AS IF , WE HAVE THE POWER PLAYERS , ALL COMING ON BOARD. DON'T HAVE TO KNOW A THING. JUST KNOW SOMEBODY.

    SAID IT MANY TIMES THREW THIS ELECTION , NOT WHAT YOU KNOW , IT'S WHO YOU KNOW. MONEY TALKS.

    NOW WE SEE HERE THE SAUDIES HAVE LONG AGO PUSHED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO THE CLINTONS.

    BEWARE THIS COUNTRY , WILL BE TAKEN OVER ,AN A SHOT NOT EVEN BEING FIRED. LONG AGO IT WAS STATED, BEWARE OF YOUR ENEMY FROM WITH IN.

    YES WE HAVE SEEN THE BEST OF AMERICA ERA.

    GOD BLESS THE USA.

    December 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Disappointed

    She may be smart and have money, but that describes a ton of people. If her name were simply Schlossberg, we wouldn't even be discussing her. There are plenty of other qualified candidates who have actually run for office and faced the voters. I am sick and tired of people who feel they deserve things just because they want them.

    December 18, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Mary from Sarasota FL

    Why can't we stop with this continual Perils of Pauline routine.
    Gov. Paterson will very likely chose Caroline Kennedy and the state of NY will applaud. Now if only the Gov. doesn't cave in to the pressure to do otherwise, he will be a hero . Blind or not. Sometimes we have to look within to find the truth.

    December 18, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. EW

    Stop family dynasty politics NOW!

    December 18, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. mike steppling

    Pick her already-she is ready and america is willing. she can only bring more excitiment to a pretty stale, boring goverment. And what, can she do worse than what we've had in Washington?

    December 18, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Sarah

    Caroline Kennedy will be a poor choice for NY. I am pround that NY has one of few women Senators, but maintaining the number of women in the Senate is not a good enough reason to put an unqualified perosn in that seat. Additionally, I find it disgraceful that Caroline Kennedy thinks she is so special that she can just swoop into a postion to which others are more deserving and qualified. I hope Patterson makes a wise choice, although I have little confidence that he will.

    December 18, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Matt

    The strongarm tactics of Grandpa Joe are not lost on this Kennedy. Intimidate untill you get your way.

    December 18, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Democrat No More

    Dang that picture makes her look like an old hag. And people were running down Palin? Daggone at least she is attractive.

    December 18, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. David

    Ironically, many of the same people who criticized Sarah Palin for lack of experience to be Vice President (and rightly so, I think), are ready to support a woman of even less experience for a key Senate seat. This is true craziness. We're seemingly all blinded by partisanship to the point where hypocrisy becomes irrelevant.

    December 18, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Chris

    What is she doing? She isn't running. This is up to Paterson. This is unfair pressure for him.

    December 18, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Maryland Democrat

    oddly enough ...

    for those who said Carolyn Kennedy should have to campaign to get the seat, rather than just get appointed.

    They got their wish. Because apparently, that's what she is doing.

    December 18, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. sunshine

    caroline would be good for new york and the rest of the U.S.

    December 18, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. Jett

    Once again it's not what ya know it's who ya know. In this case, the Kennedy name is enough. Sad.

    December 18, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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