December 18th, 2008
05:49 PM ET
9 years ago

Kennedy meets with Sharpton in Harlem

Caroline Kennedy had lunch Thursday in Harlem with activist Al Sharpton.

Caroline Kennedy had lunch Thursday in Harlem with activist Al Sharpton.

(CNN) - Caroline Kennedy spoke publicly about her desire to fill Hillary Clinton’s New York Senate seat for a second consecutive day Thursday, meeting with the Rev. Al Sharpton for lunch in Harlem.

The activist praised Kennedy as a "unique candidate," but would not say whether he supports her Senate bid. "I will trust the government’s judgment to decide what’s best for the state, he told reporters. "I won’t get into that.”

Speaking after the meeting, Kennedy - who largely steered clear of partisan politics until this year - described herself as “a Kennedy Democrat, a Clinton Democrat, Chuck Schumer, Barack Obama - I mean, these are all leaders whose values I share, and I feel like those are the kinds of values I would bring to this position.”

Sharpton and Kennedy met today in the same restaurant and sat at the same table where the activist met with Barack Obama during a presidential stop earlier this year.

New York Governor David Paterson will be appointing Clinton’s successor when Clinton leaves to serve as Obama's secretary of state.

–CNN Radio Correspondent Steve Kastenbaum contributed to this report

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soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!



    December 18, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. Deborah Koch

    Whether one buys a senate seat with money or family prestige–it's still the same thing. Kennedy wants her privacy and the power of a senate seat, too: if she wants to be a senator, let her run for one, like everyone else.

    December 18, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |

    she deserves the senate seat! least she is not a career politician and she is willing to campaign, step up and fight for ordinary americans in these most difficult and trying times!

    call gov. paterson to appoint ms. kennedy NOW!

    December 18, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. Archie H.

    Somebody come up with some intelligence and do the right thing here , not just anoint another Kennedy !

    December 18, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. Lambert Moore Saint Louis, MO

    she would be great for the position

    December 18, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. Jen

    Bloomburg is a dummy not to endorse Kennedy

    December 18, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. 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 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. Ernie in LA

    She wants the easy way in, just like her whole life has been.

    December 18, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. Matthew

    She wasn't a Clinton Democrat when she sold out Hillary to endorse someone else with zero qualifications or experience. Of course she thinks she can just be named Senator. She supported Obama. She made it clear then she doesn't believe experience counts.

    December 18, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. Matt in NJ

    I like the fact that she isn't a politician. Hopefully her values will rub off on some of the less honorable people in congress.

    December 18, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. Matt

    ENOUGH WITH NAME GAME POLITICS!!! She's a disaster for us. It will appear as though she was appointed for her name alone (not to mention that name's ability to help her raise money). That threatens our integrity as Dems. We're better off appointing someone else and showing we meant it when we promised change. Legacy appointments are just more of the same.

    December 18, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. Doug

    It's amazing how many people hate "professional politicians".

    But when someone without traditional political experience runs, they are immediately labeled "inexperienced" and "unqualified".

    From what I read, the top choices are the politician son of a former NY Governor or the non-politician daughter of a former President.

    Money, family prestige, and political connections are pretty much equal for these two.

    So "professional" or "amateur"?

    December 18, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. Dem from NY

    It makes me furious that she is campaigning for this. It's Patterson's decision and she is using politics to try and force his hand.

    I was behind her until I saw THIS. I no longer want Kennedy representing me!

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


    December 18, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. No incumbents 2010

    "She would be great for the position."
    "She just would."

    "Why did you vote for Barack Obama?"
    " Hope and change."
    "What issues do you agree with him about?"
    "We need hope and change."

    It's deja vu all over again.

    December 18, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. willy

    The way she took a bite at that chicken at the lunch with Sharpton was NEWS. I heard she's a behind-the-scenes feisty kinda gal. New York will be honored to make use of her skills in the Senate.

    December 18, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  17. BB

    I'll take the daughter of John Fitzgerald Kennedy any day – over the village idiot son (either one) of George HW Bush.

    December 18, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. Cary Lacayo

    What qualifications does she possess to take this position???? She is a Kennedy, but does that make her worthy of the spot...Sorry, but it should not be granted to someone based on a name or who she knows...We have enough of those types already seated in the house...We need someone who actually meets the requirements and qualifications who has proven experience...It sounds like those she has asked for endorsements are saying just that in a nice way...

    I have total respect for her name and most of all her Father, but what NY needs is a Senator, not a name...I googled her and didn't find much to go by regarding experience, education and most of all the common applause of New Yorkers...They seem to be leaning towards someone else...She has a great Art bio and can run a mean library...Oops, did I say that...Just kidding, in case she happens to read this...These are my observations based on what I or anyone can read in the news, so don't take it personaly Ms. Kennedy..

    December 18, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. Lauren

    Ok Jen,

    Explain yourself.

    Why is Bloomburg a dummy not to endorse Kennedy?

    What are you reasons for feeling this way, what qualifies Caroline to EARN his endorsement?

    What has she ever done as far as public office, she wrote a book, she has done charity and activist work, but what has she done as far as public service?

    One line comments like Bloomburg is a dummy shows maybe you can not express yourslef beyond a simple one liner.

    So again, why is he such a dummy not to endorse a woman who really has nothing but a name.

    December 18, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. Timothy Gastineau

    Caroline Kennedy thinks because of her name she has an entitlement to be appointed to the Senate. She talks about her father's "inspiration" to another generation as though he were a saint. His sexual activity with the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Angie Dickinson, and other Hollywood types makes Bill Clinton's life to seem like Clinton is truly a saint by comparison.

    New Yorkers don't want a Park Avenue prima donna as their senator. If she wants to be senator, let her run and be elected.

    December 18, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  21. Robert

    Governor Paterson

    You served in government for many years before campaigning for and being elected Lieutenant Governor in November 2006 and subsequently becoming Governor in March of 2008 when Elliott Spitzer resigned. The fact that you are a legally blind African American has not stopped you from finding the courage and determination to succeed. Now you must make a decision that will further show your character. Step up to the plate and appoint a highly qualified and experienced individual to fill the Senate vacancy that will be left by Hillary Clinton and ignore those whose primary qualification for the job is being a relative of successful politician.

    December 18, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. Lori

    I hope she gets in. She can't be worse than Sarah Palin (who allegedly had the experience to be VP). Then why can't an intelligent woman become a Senator?

    December 18, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. R

    No, no, no, no! If she gets it, I hope New Yorkers like me will get her out by voting for the one we truly believe in after 2 years.

    She's meeting with people, and making her voice heard loudly only to put pressure on the Governor

    December 18, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. Taniel

    The Minnesota recount went into an insane phase today, with the Supreme Court's ruling making things much more complicated. Full details and analysis here.

    December 18, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. Marge

    Boy she sure valued Hillary Clinton ....everyone remembers the way she panned her during her adoration of obama.

    December 18, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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