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

Kennedy joins Obama VP search team

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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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soundoff (443 Responses)
  1. BK

    It is very obvious that Caroline Kennedy does not remember her father she was to young. JFK would never support someone like Obama.

    June 4, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. 2008 INDEPENDENT AND PROUD OF IT

    HERE COME THE FAVORS! CAROLYN KENNEDY GETS TO HELP CHOOSE THE NEXT VP? WHY WHAT HAS SHE DONE OTHER THAN ENDORSE OBAMA? SHE HOLDS NO OFFICE ISNT AN ELECTED OFFICAL, AND SHE GETS TO CHOOSE A VP? HOW ELITE.! NOT ONLY DID OUR VOTES NOT COUNT! THE SUPERDELEGATES, ELITIST PICKED THE CANDIDATE OF THEIR CHOICE, NOW THE LIKES OF OPRAH, SPRINGSTEEN WILL BE DETERMINING POLICY. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR IN THIS COUNTRY PEOPLE.

    June 4, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Shirley

    Unbelievable. The Democratic Party nominated Obama who lacks the experience and now some want to add Caroline Kennedy, Based on experience? I think not, why would her name come up, because she is John Kennedy's daughter? How could this ticket beat MCain?
    The Dems really need to consider how we are to win the White House in November. Add Hillary who is certainly qualified to the ticket and we can do it. Without her, good luck. Without Hillary, many of her supporters will vote for McCain, write her in or stay home.

    June 4, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. GB

    Whoever the team is... Let them say NO to Hillary firmly

    June 4, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Diane in Pa

    Republicans can be very happy, they will win in November , McCain is NOT Bush !
    It is well known and has been for the Hillary voters that the media and the DNC wanted Obama for president, more lack of respect for Hillary by ignoring her 18 millions voters will not unite or endear us in November.
    Caroline Kennedy helping to chose a vp ? What a joke !

    June 4, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Pick Richardson!

    The best VP for the job is Governor Richardson of New Mexico. He knows the foreign policy and he will draw in the hispanic voters even more. DONOT choose Clinton, not because she will not help the party because she has dedicated herself to doing so even after this nomination. However, it is the big BILL problem in the whitehouse who will try to manipulate her into manipulating OBAMA on wrong decisions as well has BILL swarming all the interns or acting like an underprivileged child! Keep her out only for that reason. BILL CLINTON is trouble and has shown his true colors as well as Hillary. Although, Hillary has a lot of pull etc... I think OBAMA wants to do this on his own with his choice. I think the Kennedys are TERRIFIC and definitely the right choice to help him find his VP. THANK YOU GOD!!!

    June 4, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Daryl

    John Edwards!!!!!!!!

    Then I want to see all 4 President/VP candidates in a no-holds barred debate.!!!

    The Democrats would win huge.

    I've said from day 1, (okay maybe not day 1, but several months ago) that Obama and Edwards are easily the 2 smartest candidates on either side in this race. And to be fair, and show I'm not just biased towards Dems, Mike Huckabee would finish 3rd in intelligence.

    An Obama/Edwards ticket is exactly what this country needs right now.

    Now somebody needs to convince Edwards of this. 🙂

    June 4, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. GObama

    Don't let team Billary try to force you into anything. YOU WON!!! Show them who's running the Democratic party now!

    June 4, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. Unempressed voter

    True leaders don't make all the decisions, they surround themselves with people that make good decisions. This gets more done and prevents bottlenecks – not to mention empowering people.

    Good pick! Mr. O

    June 4, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Norb

    He should pick Russ Feingold and watch em all drop their jaws.

    June 4, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Wayne

    Obama. Hillary doesnt need to be VP to help you in NOvember. She can campaign for you and tell her supporters to vote for him. You may want to put her in charge of your Health Care task force. That would be a nice gesture. She messed up in the 90s...lets say she earned one more chance at Healthcare.

    June 4, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. Lifelong Dem

    Obama should pick someone who is reflective of his campaign's message: Change We Can Believe In. Personally, I do not 'believe' in anything about Hillary except her overwhelming ambition and her lack of scruples. Obama should pick someone with whom he can work as an effective team, and his choice should be his choice. He should not care what suits the Clintons and should only pick her if it really suits him and his plans.

    June 4, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Stacy A.

    God, i love this guy (Obama).

    June 4, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Kevin Noris

    Hope, this guy will keep his promise if he is the President. I wonder if he could do as he promise.

    June 4, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. Rap Insomniac

    Hillary is only doing this to get jobs for her and her husband. Obama should diss, just on principle. Hillary could have been part of history, now she's only going to be a footnote...

    June 4, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Kandi

    Absolutely fantastic! Thanks to the good sense of Barack Obama for fully vetting this potential vice-president in a fair and unbiased way. Praise God!

    June 4, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Less, Austin Tx

    tissue anyone?

    What a touching moment.

    Obama '08

    June 4, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Fred

    I was just looking for a post to make a comment. I think it is funny to read how people think Barack Obama will not win the general election. NEWS FLASH about 16 months ago they said that Hillary was the SURE NOMINEE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. YET 16 MONTHS LATER BARACK OBAMA BEAT THE SURE THING. SO IT WILL BE FUN TO SEE IF BARACK OBAMA WINS THE GENERAL ELECTION BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK HE WILL. YET HE BEAT THE MOST POWERFUL DEMOCRAT IN GOVERNMENT.

    CHOKE ON THAT SLAPPY

    June 4, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. Peter

    People are right people that support Hillary are not going to vote for Obama they'll vote for McCain if she's not on the ticket that would be really smart on Obama's part. That will really help win the swing states that he done so well in. LOL!

    June 4, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. Tangi

    PLEASE DON'T HAVE HILLARY ON THIS SHORT LIST! LAST NIGHT WAS A REASON SHE CANNOT REPRESENT CHANGE!

    OBAMA 2008!

    June 4, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. Anne

    If Obama doesn't pick Hillary, she'll be getting my write-in vote
    for President in November. I cannot vote for Obama, who the "old boy
    Democrats" shoved down my throat. This contest was so biased and unfair. Now take your Obama and shove him!

    June 4, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Susan

    This is a great team for Obama. They will use thoughtful and deliberate conclusions to help him select the right candidate. I am glad that Caroline Kennedy is part of the tem because shecan bring fresh perspective to help decide who would be the best choice.

    June 4, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. arc, Lugano CH

    The selection of running mate should depend on Senator Barack Obama, his campaign, and whoever he chooses from the Party Leadership and elsewhere to advise him.

    Hillary Clinton and Lanny Davis are not in a position to dictate policy on this matter; especially following Hillary Clinton’s ungracious and defiant refusal to acknowledge Senator Barack Obama as the nominee.

    June 4, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. Jayne

    Texas Trail Dog what did Caroline Kennedy have to do with Ted Kennedy's accident with his secretary. She was just a little kid at the time that happened. Do you read or know anything about history?

    June 4, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. cattletracks

    Please, anyone but Hillary. She and her campaign have done nothing but undermine Obama's campaign from day one. New ideas, fresh start - no more of old Washington politics please - and that includes Senator Clinton, Bill and all the baggage they'd bring with them.

    June 4, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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