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. dont do it

    Just like a Kennedy, she wants her way and the more public she does it the more she feels entitled to it. Why did this woman support NOBAMA over Hill and now she wants Hills seat? Does that make sense? All of them, NOBAMA FIRST, are losers and traitors.

    December 18, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Clinton, NV

    I like CK but I really don't like the idea of any person being appointed to the U.S. Senate that never recieved any vote in any election. She has tried to stay out of politics all her life then when the opportunity to become a U.S. Senator without having to actually earn it by running comes along she's suddenly interested. She wouldn't be on anyone's list if she didn't have the last name Kennedy and I think someone that has actually ran for office in some capacity should be selected before her. If she wants to be the junior senator form NY do it the correct way run in 2010.

    December 18, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. billy-bayou

    When will people understand that Caroline is a Kennedy, she is ENTITLED to that position simply because of who she is. wake up people, give the queen her due.

    December 18, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Rachel

    On another Blog I meant to say Mayor instead of Govenor. The mayor has nothing to say about who is chosen. Not to worry. I think she will do a good job.

    December 18, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Texas Teacher

    Caroline Kennedy will be a wonderful Senator.

    After what happened to her Father... her Uncle.... and even her Brother.... can you blame her for taking so long to come out into the open and prove her worth! :)

    Good luck, Caroline! You can do it!

    December 18, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. ej

    just what we need – another Kennedy in office.

    December 18, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. NEW, NEW YORKER.

    GOV.PETERSON SHOULD PICK THE BEST PERSON FOR THE JOB.

    MS.KENNEDY WANTS TO TAKE A POSITION SHE DOESN'T DESERVE.

    THAT IN ITSELF TELLS YOU PLENTY ABOUT HER AS AN INDIVIDUAL.

    AND THAT PLENTY AS WE SAY IN NEW YORK, AIN'T SO GOOD.

    THERE ARE A 100 PEOPLE MORE DESERVING OF THAT JOB.

    December 18, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Moe, NY

    You go Caroline, I am with you all the way! I believe you would be a great Senator for NY.

    December 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Peter (CA)

    If she wants the job, it is fine. But she should not only have to convince the governor but the voters of NY. She should lay out her positions and her plans.

    December 18, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. crackerjack

    So Paterson is being boxed in-WOW. I wondered how he would save face with his other friends when he was forced to pick Caroline for the senate seat. Just goes to show, WHATEVER TURNS YOUR CRANK !

    December 18, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. ran

    She would be a people senator and that is what we need now more then ever.

    December 18, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. Matt

    Senator Namesake. Has a crappy ring to it.

    December 18, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Caroline, sorry but we don't know enough about your abilities to govern.

    Why not start with a duly elected state senate seat? Sort of a "starter sentor" thingee.

    December 18, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. JM

    If she wants the senate seat so bd, let her run for it in 2010.

    December 18, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. Janice

    To New, New Yorker,

    Could you name 10 of the 100 people more deserving? By deserving, do you mean an old politician?

    December 18, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  16. Felonious Monk

    There is no "deserving" of a Senate seat. Get real people. They must work and demonstrate to the people of that particular state that they are the most qualified candidate for that position. To simply state that someone "deserves" a seat sets aside the very foundations of our democracy.
    As far as qualifications go, Article One of the Constitution states "Senators must be at least 30 years old, have been a citizen for nine years, and live in the state they represent." So much for experience and qualifications.
    Personally, I would like to see the start of yet another corrupt American dynasty that wallows in the muck and mire of greed and power.
    Does anyone know her stance on prosecution of the current administration on war crimes charges?

    December 18, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  17. Jim in Miami

    Perfect for NY – another liberal empty suit with no ideas beyond tax increases and entitlements. That's why my family left the wreck year's ago...why not appoint someone who believes in entreprenurialism, individual choice and who actually knows how to make hard decisions and manage something – Guiliani or Bloomberg would blow her away. Amazing how the self-satisfied Kennedy clan believes they are entitled to power based on a track record that is more smoke and mirrors (Hollywood) than any 'real' accomplishments.

    December 18, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. debra

    Hello!
    You know I have to believe that if Caroline Kennedy thinks that she would be a great Senator, she ought to know more than anybody. It's pretty obvious that she isn't doing it because she needs fame or fortune. This is a huge responsibility as well as sacrifice and I commend her and wish her luck.
    This is by the way coming from a Republican. It's time for our nation to come together as a people, one nation, a team...everybody knows that it takes a team to win and not just one player.

    Goldsboro, NC

    December 18, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. Crowder

    This is pure garbage. Sharpton and Bloomberg have WISELY refused to endorse her.

    Paterson is just out of his league.

    December 18, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. chuck

    CAROLINE KENNEDY IS THE REAL DEAL. SHE WILL BE A MORNING ROSE FOR NEW YORK.

    December 18, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. Ms. Johnson, Pearland,Texas

    Caroline would make an excellent Senator. Why is she being judged so harshly? The news media and their gotcha reporters trying to make a name for themselves for the next open anchor chair. Just a bunch of vultures. KEEP FIGHTING CAROLINE!

    December 18, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. Janice

    I say appoint Caroline Kennedy to the senate. If we continue to be affraid of taking a chance at change, the unknown, or something different and continue to rely on the familiar, the old, or the known, we will continue to be dissapointed. Lets restart, rebuild and move on with the new. GO CAROLINE KENNEDY!

    December 18, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  23. BH

    Caroline is VERY qualified .... her dad was President when she was 3 years old.

    December 18, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  24. Gary, Georgia

    Haven't the citizens of New York had enough of the Kennedy's? Where does it say that they are suppose to be great politicians anyway? I agree with the other comments saying that if she wants to be a Senator, start with the state races and work her way up! There has to be better qualified people to fill the position besides Caroline! She is just banking on her name to land her the position! Politics as usual!!

    December 18, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  25. EPeay

    Before choosing Caroline Kennedy, the governor needs to consider other equally qualified women, such as Paris Hilton.

    December 18, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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