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. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    Sounds Great!!

    Obama and ABC (Anybody But Clinton) 08'



    June 4, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Karen from Texas

    Please pick anyone other than Hillary!!!! Please ( I am begging)

    Obama 08

    June 4, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. amtFresno,CA

    Just about anyone EXCEPT Clinton. WH NO PLACE FOR CLINTONS.

    June 4, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. California Girl

    She's right in front of you; Hillary is the only and BEST Choice!

    June 4, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Roland Fartin

    they're wasting time and resources in the search.

    Just choose Hillary

    June 4, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Mike

    This man really knows how to do things right and proper. Good luck Mr. President!!

    June 4, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. NYC


    June 4, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. R. Grayson

    The only thing to say to Senator Clinton is, "See you later. Good luck in the Senate."

    ( No vice presidential offer. No way. No how. Never.)

    June 4, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. ES NYC

    To all democrats willing to move this country in the right direction let's get to work and help Barack Obama get elected in November.

    June 4, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. FRJM

    One has to wonder how Obama could select Hillary as VP when she clearly doesn't acknowledge Obama's nomination. So, fast forward to Nov 4th, and let's suppose that the Democrats win the white house with Hillary as VP. What happens when Obama asks for her support on difficult decisions, will she tow the line or be a thorn in his side? To govern effectively you have to be able to reach consensus or agreement within your own caucus and after Hillary's speech last night, she doesn't seem inclined to follow any one's leadership, but her own. That could be very dangerous especially as a VP. Sadly but true she may be signing her own demise that and perhaps her own party’s.

    June 4, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |

    And Please, I NEVER want to see Hillary and Bill Clinton's using
    their lies and power as a V.P. Candidate!!!! Hillary and Bill have been
    very disturbing thru this ordeal of primaries. After Obama won 14-15 States in a row, The Clintons at the last hour before Obama could even defend himself, broadcast a false story about Obama and Napta
    in Canada. That is what tricksters they are as a team. Hillary and Bill
    spread that rumor right before Ohio and Texas. I am thrilled that Obama won over all obstructions, including the reporting of the news
    media. Actually I am a fan of CNN, but CNN did not one time give Obama a benefit. Therefore, THE MAN, won on his very own merit.
    I love him and look forward for A CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN.

    My heart broke when I heard the news about Ted Kennedy. My thoughts and prayers sincerely go out to him and his family. I pray
    for them everyday. Thanks Caroline, for being "the rock". You are

    June 4, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Robert - Madison

    Caroline Kennedy is very asute and savy political figure.

    My guesses are Mark Warner, Hillary Clinton and Sebellious will be top 3.

    June 4, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Sam

    It would not be a good idea to have Hillary as VP, she is not a team player as was obvious in her speech last night.

    June 4, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Dr. Sam

    GOOD TO KNOW THAT CAROLINE IS AMONG THOSE IN THE SEARCH TEAM! AT SOME POINT soon OBAMA WILL HAVE TO CALL HILLARY'S BLUFF! That will TESTIFY TO HIS STRENGTH AS A LEADER WHO CANNOT BE BULLIED OR BLACKMAILED. That is a sterling quality of Ronald Reagan: He is a compromiser; but no patsy. People saw a leader who is prepared to take risk. Obama IS doing everything to woo the Clinton some of their supporters; but it is clear that they will never co-operate or compromise. They will not be easy to work with; they only want a fight and talk about what might have been. Obama then must face up to them without fear. If they will rather have eight more years of George Bush, bugged down in an endless war in Iraq, huge tax break for the rich, elimination of women's right to choose by more conservative judges at the Supreme Court, more economic malaise, lobbyists' controlled of politics in Washington, etc, then he doesn’t need their votes! Obama will always have his detractors; but his resolve will earn him respect and most Americans will rally to give him the resounding support he needs to carry forward his vision. He will appear weak should he succumb to blackmail (as Mondale did years back and later lost). One of the reasons Mondale lost was the baggage of the husband of his running mate, just as Bill Clinton will be should Obama choose Hillary as a running mate. Obama cannot continue on a path of indefinite appeasement. His enemies will only become emboldened. That will ultimately contribute to his own destruction. This is true of especially internal enemies who are determined to do you harm—and who have predicated and calculated their rise upon something bad happening to you. Obama will never please them! Therefore, he must demonstrate strength and courage. May God give him Solomon’s wisdom as he seeks to resolve the difficult issues ahead. Surely, his enemies will never rest. Solomon moved swiftly to deal with his enemies. Then he ruled over a peaceable Kingdom! Obama’s enemies will never come to respect him unless he shows grit in taking them on. All America will see a leader who is prepared to take risk without fear!!! Enough is enough!!!

    June 4, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. joe

    Now wait a minute – Hillary made it very clear that Obama did not measure up to either her, or McCain, as a presidential candidate.

    If she were to accept the VP role under Obama, it might look like her previous words were nothing more than a disingenuous lie!

    June 4, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. HomoSapien

    Emma – for Hillary to be considered for VP, she first has to acknowledge Barack's win and concede, don't you think? Once she has done that, I am sure she will get on the short-list. Like many others.

    June 4, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. MK

    All you embittered Clintonites are pathetic! Enough with your day late dollar short threats already! Go on and vote for McCain I dare you! All this "he needs her more than she needs him" is such a joke. Is that so? Then why did your horse lose? Oh right that vast conspiracy? Only left wing this time?? Give me a break, Obama does not need her, please have fun throwing your vote away on McCain, and PRESIDENT OBAMA will see you in 2009

    June 4, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. jean t

    This is a great idea.
    And to the comment above-these people had nothing to do with searching with v.p. for mondale,or kerry.
    God-when will these rabid hrc supporters get a grip.
    She lost!
    Stop whinning!
    The Clinton's thought they could strong-arm their way into this.Not gonna happen.She's not the only person fit to be v.p.
    And she's crazy because she can't even admit she lost.

    June 4, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Voting Obama

    Anybody but Hilary. Honestly. I don't trust his safety with her. She only thinks about herself. I know Obama will make the right decision and it is only to benefit Americans.

    Obama 2008!! I love it!

    June 4, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Tim

    How about Ted Kennedy? Then the Democrats could have TWO brain-damanged candidates on the same ticket.

    June 4, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Stacy

    This Dem thinks it's ultimatly Obamas choice and it should not be forced from the other side. I'm glad Caroline is in on the search!!!

    June 4, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. Matthew dUB

    Senator Clinton for Veep! – Obama/Clinton '08

    June 4, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Lady 49

    THANK-YOU GOD. I was getting so worried that he would allow Hilary to rain on his parade.
    Caroline Kennedy is an excellent choice because the VP must exemplify the type of Presidency that Obama wants to capture and he looks up to Senator Kennney and Caroline is obviously in close contact with her uncle.
    Get it?
    Hilalry cannot run this show.

    June 4, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. NoHillary

    I think that this is a slap in the face to Hillary telling her to grow up and learn how to play politics. This is great – I love it! Every decision Barack Obama makes is carefully crafted, calculated, and delivered with flawless articulation. I have to say that Rush Limbaugh is a crazy nut bag, too, and he is feeding a bunch of Americans garbage.

    June 4, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. John Power

    Hillary should be in Barack Obama's rear view mirror. He is far too
    decent a man to have to deal with the Clintons.

    June 4, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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