December 18th, 2008
05:49 PM ET
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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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  1. Mike, Syracuse NY

    It's called the US Senate, not the House of Lords. Aristocrats need not apply.

    December 18, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. Ricci

    Funny how she was anti-Hilary & now she is pro-Hilary values. Never liked her, never wilk-she's so blah & boring

    December 18, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. Jack

    All good reason why she would not be good!!!

    December 18, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. ken hartman

    It still amazes me all the idiots getting jobs in DC, thought that was the problem Osama still the same but wait till the dark side appears in 2010...Pour out the kool aid folks. We don't need any more Revs so called politicians in office. Kennedy has as much qualifications as Hillary so I can see whay the blind still leads the blind.. IDIOTS.

    December 18, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. Betty the maid

    She is better than that nit wit Sarah Palin any day of the week

    December 18, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. FreeNLovIt

    Look, if W can be Prez, she can be anything she wants. On top of that, if U want the position, come and get it in 2010!!

    December 18, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. ken hartman

    BB pour out your koolaid.. idiot

    December 18, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  8. Good Grief

    Just what the country needs is another elite to watch out for the common man. Are we positioning another woman in the Dems for 2012 since Hil is unelectable?

    December 18, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. ken hartman

    A white democrat will become a republican once all jobs are gone...
    who would of thought...

    December 18, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. Murray C. Schwartz

    Carolyn Kennedy is an intelligent, educated person who has been around politicians all of her life. She has the Kennedy aspirations
    and the desire to serve her country. I have heard nothing that questions her integrity. She has done good work outside the camera's eye. Her first responsibility was to raise her children with the help of her husband. That done, she is ready to devote herself to serving her country in the tradition of the Kennedy family. Having said this, I believe that she would be a competent, dedicated senator from New York.

    December 18, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. billy.m

    Caroline Kennedy wants to fill the New York u.s senate seat and i feel she should not because of wat happend to her family that was serving for the u.s might happen to her as well..

    December 18, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. Mike in NYC

    If the MSM can routinely refer to a hate racketeer like Sharpton as a "statesman," then I guess they can spin Caroline as senator material.

    December 18, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. Lincoln

    Give the lady a chance! She'll make a great senator from NY. He has already done so much for NY public schools by raising millions of dollars for them. Just give her the chance before you say anything bad about the lady.

    December 18, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. Bill

    Just like her savior Obama, she's breaking bread with anti-white idiots

    December 18, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. Brad - California


    December 18, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  16. Meka

    Carolyn inherits, Political Savay. She has been in-directly involved with politics, all her life. She is fully aware of what America needs, and what America should want.

    Carolyn Kennedy has a Vision (just as Barack Obama), and that is why she stepped out in support of President Obama!

    December 18, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  17. TexAnnie *-*-*-*-*

    This really bothers me that Caroline just seems to act like she thinks this seat is owed to her somehow. If she is so hot for this Senate seat, then why doesn't she run for it in the next election. But I get the feeling if it isn't "given" to her that she will lose interest. Personally, I don't think she's tough enough to hang in Washington DC.

    December 18, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. rachel

    she better get use to answer questions. Rev Al sharpton is a joke anyway.

    December 18, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. Why Not

    Compare her experience to Hillary's pre-Senate experience. They aren't very different. They both have law degrees, both lived in the White House, both support and are active in causes they believe in. Further, Caroline Kennedy is an author, editor and serves on the board of many non-profit organizations. As a matter of fact, she has lived in the state of NY a lot longer than Sen. Clinton.

    As Roland Martin pointed out yesterday, "There are just three requirements as outlined by law for the seat:

    "No person shall be a senator who shall not have attained to the age of 30 years, and been nine years a citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that state for which he shall be chosen."

    So what if she supported Obama over Hillary. She has the right like we all do to support who she wants. She is intelligent, well-educated and believes we all deserve a better government. What is so wrong with that?

    December 18, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. JB

    I love the people who bringup Sarah Palin or W. Look this is a bipartisan problem. One wrong doesn't make a right, and the people decided tha Sarah Palin wasn't qualified. I hope they do the same in NY. And since quid pro quos hav ebeen in the news lately. . . .Caroline's backing of Obama. . . .Ted's backing of Obama. . . .do you think maybe this was discussed?

    December 18, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. dee

    She deserves it! her judgement was better than most about Obama!

    Obama has hired hillary and others, move on new york. The president elect has.
    Kennedy will be the next. Oh thats right, Hillary may not get the sos because fo Bill ties to leaders around the world.

    And we had problems with Cheney ties to haliburton, Ha, thats lol

    December 18, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  22. tess

    can somwone explain why caroline is any less experienced than hillary? at least caroline didn't have to marry some philandering no-good womanizer to become important!

    December 18, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  23. Capt. lightning

    Sarah Putin Palin, Caroline Kennedy: What's the diff????

    Why can't qualified individuals find their way into government?

    December 18, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  24. dee

    What was hillary qualification? Bill's endorsement as former Pres.
    He is already promoting his daughter who could not talk to reporters or everyday people.

    That why We need Kennedy. A real vision for all people.

    December 18, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  25. Al

    My opinion-There is too much of a big issue being made out of this-
    Experience-If this was a celebrity without political experience, Jesse Ventura, Arnold Swarzanegger, Clint Eastwood, the late Sonny Bono, or any of the other celebrities, nobody would raise a matter of conflict or issue out of this, and they were very popular in their offices. A former actor named Ronald Reagan became Governor of California for two terms and then a popular two term US President. While I agree that there should not be automatic entitlement over name recognition, there shouldn't be a big deal over this either, as it seems like a big double standard there.

    December 18, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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