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

Kennedy joins Obama VP search team


[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/04/art.obamaken.ap.jpg caption="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. Rolanda From Memphis

    Thank GOD! Maybe this means he is not even considering Hillary Clinton!!!!!!!

    Lord Jesus I pray NOT!!!!!!! As much as I love Barack it would take a serious force for me to walk in and vote for him if he put Hillary Clinton on that ticket!

    June 4, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Doug

    Do you remember, a few months ago, the horrible specter that one candidate might win the popular vote but that the super delegates would go into a "smoke-filled room" and give it to the other one?
    Do you remember, last week, that the rules committee would not make a decision about Florida and Michigan which would alter the outcome of the election?
    Well, it looks like both things happened. Obama has 1,762 pledged delegates and could not have reached 2,118 without more than half of the super delegates, and Hillary would also have reached that threshold if she had received delegates according to votes in Florida and Michigan.
    This situation has been unavoidable due to the closeness of the race, so I am not faulting Obama for it. I have no problem with congratulating Obama for his success in mustering the delegates to become the presumptive nominee, but I don't think that people should criticize Hillary for not accepting defeat more immediately and more explicitly. It’s not like his victory was won in the voting booth, after all.
    The primary was a tie, at best, with the final decision determined only by 27 committee members and 680 super delegates. Why don't we just do the whole thing over again? If that's not really possible, perhaps we should all just respect each other a little bit and recognize that both of them could be on the ticket.

    June 4, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Debbie,NJ

    OK Obama team. Protect him from the Clintons. You guys no her. Obama will give her the benefit of doubt. But you know she's a snake, divisive, and you all of her baggage. Don't let him choose her.

    June 4, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Terry

    The only search he needs todo is choose Hillary as VP. Otherwise he will lose in November. I won't be voting for him without Hillary.. And that's a Vote Or No Vote For Obama You Can Believe In.

    June 4, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Thelma Webster

    The true dream-team.

    June 4, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. john vines Florida

    Caroline would be a wonderful choice for Obama's running mate

    June 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Gerry

    Now this looks like the right way to pick a VP. Good decision.

    June 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. noemi of reason, latina for obama!

    please go to hillary's website and submit a comment: ask her to stop down. tell her we don't want her as our VP. i already submitted my request and my friends have too. hillary needs to know that this has to stop: we cannot take her divisive rhetoric anymore…she has said too much trash about obama to know want to be his vp. she has to remind supporters that she is a democrat and that democrats should put the party first….mccain is another bush term.

    obama generation 08

    June 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    One of the reasons Obama won the nomination is that he surrounded himself with a quality team of people. He has done so again with this VP search committee. I'm sure they will provide him with a quality "short list" to choose from. I think Obama will make a great president because he will have qualified and competent people around him, and he will listen to their advice. And I expect he will have better options than Hillary to choose from.......her attempt to "upstage" him last night should remove her from serious consideration as the VP.

    June 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. chrisb

    Whatever they do please don't cave-in to the pundits who say that winning the election is about doing things the same-old way. If there is going to be change in Washington let's start with a change in how we handle the election process. Win us with your vision not with old strategies. That was Hillary's whole problem.

    June 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Phil in KC

    OK – interesting. Not sure who the other members are or how that will impact the search, though. Maybe a bit more background, CNN?

    June 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Andrew Abramowitz

    Why are they even going this just give it to Hillary. Obama needs her and he would be one of the most unintelligent politicians ever if he didn't pick her.

    June 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama

    Great team. The pick should be interesting. I still say pick KERRY!! That's a win, win.

    June 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Georgette From Califorina

    I am an Independent, who has not supported one candidate over another. If all Americans think for one minute we have a voice in this or any election forth coming you are mistaken. The elections are manipulated to sever the few high-powered in government.
    Just look at the events of this campaign.
    Lets be honest here, from day one the news media has been bias. They have not been fair to the candidates, nor given Americans the real truth behind the stories. They broadcast what they want us to hear and know. Have you ever noticed the clips they choose to show, clips that in most cases then not are negative, without out revealing the actual truth behind it.
    The talking heads you see before your TV screens get there marching orders from the higher ups, who have already set the agendas.
    These self-severing originations from the onset, picked a candidate and proceeded
    To influence the American people with propaganda. The news media, journalist and ill informed annoying talking heads are part of America’s problem!

    Sympathy for Senator Clinton, I think not! PROUD YES INDEED!!! She is a fighter, strong with many years of experience. She represents millions of strong Americans who will support her in whatever path she chooses.

    June 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Greg

    Please no Hillary. Every independent I know will not vote (D) if she is on ticket.

    June 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. Monroe W. DeVos

    What an excellent move! By adding Caroline Kennedy and Eric Holder to the VP search team, Barack Obama has exhibited his ability to place and empower the right people around him. Great leaders are made not by what they specifically do, but by selecting the people around them that will carry out their agenda.

    Let's see...Rove, Cheney, Ashcroft, Scooter......hmmmmmmm!

    June 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. Andrew Abramowitz

    Why are they even doing this just give it to Hillary. Obama needs her and he would be one of the most unintelligent politicians ever if he didn't pick her.

    June 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. Bob Stephens

    Anyone but the Hildabeast

    June 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Joanne


    Obama needs Hillary more than She needs him. VP very important step for OBAMA. Choose Wisely young man.

    Denver is not far away. American living in Canada

    Women of the people for the people
    HILLAY 08

    June 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. J. Sully, New York

    Please Ms. Kennedy and Mr. Holder – Don't pick Hillary Clinton.

    Imagine her divisiveness in the white house!!!!

    June 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. Kathleen

    That definately means that they will be looking elsewhere especially
    after Hillary's disrespectful display of defiance last night.

    June 4, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Heidi


    June 4, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Sid-California

    HISTORY will be History. Time to make the Again will take serious consideration on behalf of the Obama camp. A quick decission will unite the party and all eyes and ears will be looking at the running mate.
    Clintons should have shown the sportsman sprit which as usual they did not........playing the same old politics again.....its time to turn the page for reals.
    Get on with the business and people will follow and make it happen for the dems in november.

    June 4, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Dal CA

    Here we go and choose a good VP. Could Caroline Kennedy be that person is a good question to answer.
    I think Caroline would make a good VP for Obama.

    June 4, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. goodcitizen

    The "REAL FACES" are showing........................

    June 4, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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