June 4th, 2008
02:27 PM ET
12 years ago

Kennedy joins Obama VP search team

Kennedy is joining Obama's VP search team.

Kennedy is joining Obama's VP search team.

(CNN) - Caroline Kennedy has joined Barack Obama's vice presidential selection team, an Obama campaign spokesman said Wednesday.

Former Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson and former Deputy U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder are also serving on the committee.

Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy, formally endorsed Obama late January in a New York Times op-ed piece titled, "A President Like My Father."

"I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them," Kennedy wrote then. "But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president - not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans."

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  1. shirley

    Hillary is attempting to blackmail the DNC by not conceding to the nominee. She has lost fairly and now instead of supporting the Democratic nominee she is manipulating her supporter's into a new campaign for Vice President. Hillary keeps proving that she cannot be trusted to put the good of the Country above her own ambitions. No Hillary for Vice President. NO.

    June 4, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Mary Fuhrman

    Chosing Hillary Clinton as Obama's VP would be the biggest mistake in history. For me it would be enough to vote for the Republican candidate McCain.

    June 4, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. NotThisTime

    Yes!!! You've come too far to be bullied into taking a sore loser as a running mate. Thank you!!!

    June 4, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Eric

    Letter To Hillary Clinton:

    Sen. Clinton,

    I admire your courage and work ethic; however, I would like you to gracefully exit the stage. As an young African American I was extremely disappointed with your speech last night. You acknowledged Sen. Obama's "run" but not his win. More importantly, you recognized your historic efforts during this campaign for women, but you did not mention or acknowledge anything about the historical significance of Sen. Obama's win as a African American. I've supported you and your family for most of my life. I believe that you have done a lot for African Americans and Americans in general. Unfortunately, I believe that your speech and lack of recognition last night combined with your refusal to exit the political stage is the greatest disservice towards America and African Americans. I hope that you read this message with understanding and I wish you and your family well.

    Thank you,

    June 4, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Nateru


    Anyone but Ms. Clinton!!!

    June 4, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Sue

    Pelosi should keep her mouth shut, and carter should do the same because, When Carter took office in 1977, he received a moderately growing economy in which inflation was 5.4 percent and interest rates were around 8 percent. When he left office, the Soviets were entrenched in Afghanistan, Iranian students had been holding US State Department personnel and US Marines hostage for 444 days, the American military had been gutted by the administration's post-Vietnam cutbacks, American prestige was in tatters abroad and inflation was in the double digits and interest rates were so high it was impossible for Americans to finance large purchases like homes and cars. Carter's administration is without a doubt the worst in modern American history, yet Carter himself blamed his failures on a "national malaise". This "malaise" kept his Democratic party out of power for 12 years; even today it wrestles to free itself from Carter's legacy.

    Jimmy Carter was a failure within the United States and the admission of North Korea only shows once again that he is a failure abroad as well. A Nobel Prize will never obscure these facts.

    June 4, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Phoenix Phor Obama

    Excellent selections!!! This is evidence of true leadership and good judgement. Well done Obama camp!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Roger

    The job of a VP is to OBEY the president, do everything the president says and be 100% loyal to the president.

    Does that sound like a job the Clintons can do? The Clintons are only loyal to the Clintons. Billary should not be the VP and I would never vote for a ticket with Billary on it.

    There is NO WAY the Clintons should ever step foot in the White House again. If she can not recognize his victory, the backstabber will never be a good VP.

    June 4, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Julie

    Texas Trail Dog.
    It is Caroline Kennedy not Ted Kennedy who he selected.
    You must be one of those Hillary supporters......the white ones with limited education!!!! Learn to read before you spout off your horrible comments!

    June 4, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Bill

    Nice picture above. Caroline Kenneday for VP. lol!

    June 4, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. tomas

    There are other women politicians that could be on the ticket.
    Mcaskill,Sebelius,Napolitano,etc.It doesn't have to be Hillary.
    And a lot of Obama supporters don't want Hillary and would 't vote if she's on the ticket.So...
    There's other ways he can get the angry white women vote if you will.
    And these women have more experience than Clinton.
    What about the nearly 18 million voters that voted for Obama.They count as well.It's not all about what Hillary or her supporters want.
    Obama gets to pick his nominee.He won.That's the truth.That's it.

    June 4, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. shirley

    Dave, all nominees from both Parties have a nominating committee. It is standard procedure.

    June 4, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. zdfgsrnsr

    How Soros Financed Obama's Campaign—5/30/08 (LPAC)–In 2006, George Soros, the British empire/Wall Street billionaire vetted Barack Obama's Presidential candidacy with financier oligarchs and Obama announced he seeks the White House. Soros met with Obama in March, Soros’ spokesman Michael Vachon (quoted by CNS News, July 27, 2004) and fundraised for his U.S. senate and through the 2007 Presidential campaign with huge operations of inner circle of millionaires. A Preliminary chronology –2004: The Rockefellers' family political agency endorsed Obama and funded manager, David Axelrod. Obama accepted $12,000 each from donor, $5 million primary funding came from 300 donors and a 6/7/04 Soros' NY fundraising event held–12/4/06: Soros introduced Obama to a dozen plutocrats, UBS (Union Bank of Switzerland/Swiss Bank) U.S. chief Robert Wolf, and hedge fund manager Orin Kramer. Robert Wolf, in D.C. met with Obama to map out campaign strategy– 01/07: Obama announced his Presidential run and The NYT reports he nailed the support of 2 highest level Democratic fundraisers: George Soros and Robert Wolf. By 4/07, Wolf had raised $500,000 for him–01/15/07: Wolf introduced Obama to Jim Torrey, Brian Mathis, Jamie Rubin, and (again, from the original Soros meeting) Orin Kramer–03/07: 2 fundraisers by Wolf and one by Edgar Bronfman, Jr.– 03/15/07: Soros began a staged fraud dance with Obama. Writing in NY Review of Books, Soros denounced the rightist Israeli lobby, AIPAC. –03/21/07: One week later, continuing fraud dance, the Obama rebutted Soros (as in, "Obama distances himself from Soros"), and denounced the Hamas movement–04/09/07: Fundraiser at home of elite financier Steven Gluckstern, the former chairman of George Soros' Democracy Alliance. A photo of event published (4/16/07) in NY magazine–05/18/07: Obama fundraiser hosted at mansion of Paul Tudor Jones, giant hedge fund Tudor Investment Corp and collected $690,000 from 300 attendees reported by Greenwich Times.

    June 4, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. Independent Fred

    Both you're camps better grow up fast.

    Both Obama & Clinton supporters better realize they need each other If they want to win. Neither by themselves can best McCain.

    Better grow up Dems. While Obama is interesting McCain is as well.
    I'll reserve my vote foe either based on the best interest of americans not distractions.

    I suggest you do the same..

    June 4, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Chula

    This is a perfect example of what to expect if Obama would ever become the President.

    How is Caroline Kennedy qualified to pick a V.P.?

    I guess the Elite and Washington snobs are determined to lose this election in November.

    No Obama

    June 4, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. independent


    June 4, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. Bonnie Bragg

    If Obama really wants to unite the democratic party, then he should listen to people like myself, a devoted democrat. I as many voted for Hillary. If he selects her as his running mate he will truly unite this party. This would insure a win in November. We would be united and unbeatable.

    June 4, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. housem711@aol.com

    I have to agree with Mr. Carter it would be a big mistake and Mr. Obama should not be forced to choose her. If her people don't want to vote for Mr. Obama then that is there choice to live four more years with Mr. McCain who is just like George Bush then you get what you ask for and they will have to live four more years with there choice. Rather than give the black man a chance to prove or fail give him a chance and see what he will do and then they can come up with why they were right.

    June 4, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Dori/ Florida

    Are you forgetting that Obama barely won this contest? If you want him the win the national election, then forget your bigotries against the Clinton, and think Politics. He need her and her supporters to win this election. Of course, i forgot, i am dealing with politically immature people, like your candidate himself....

    June 4, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. Karen, MD

    I’d rather see Caroline Kennedy for VP then Hillary.

    I just don’t see Hillary taking a back seat to Obama. She’ll be in his face 24/7 waving that “army” of hers every time they disagreed. It's like the wife who doesn't let you forget any time she doesn't get her way.

    June 4, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. Marc

    No Clintons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obama 2008

    June 4, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. John

    Those Hillary voters who said that they will not vote for Barack Obama are bitter, sad people. Hillary voters should vote for Obama because their policies are practically the same. Hillary needs to acknowledge that Obama is the nominee and advise her supporters to vote OBAMA!

    June 4, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. april in LaLa

    how is she qualified to make that decision? That said, can we just come out of denial and maybe pose the question that Obama may not be in the strongest position to win the election? If he was so unstoppable, as he is deemed, why has he lost the last many primaries (and at double digits no less). He's just NOT a sure thing, people. Let's keep all our options open if we want a democrat in the White House!!!

    June 4, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Independent Voter

    Yes. This could be a disaster for the country (don't care about the Party)

    Also Clinton probably deserves to be a President than working under one

    June 4, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Dave from Menifee

    That's good Idea. I think Hilary will not be on any list.

    June 4, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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