August 20th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Caroline Kennedy floated for VP

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Caroline Kennedy is heading up Obama's VP search."](CNN) - It's already happened once before: the person tapped to search for a vice presidential candidate assumes the position instead. Now, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore is pushing for it to happen again - this time with Caroline Kennedy assuming the role of Dick Cheney.

In an open letter to the famous political scion Wednesday tapped by Obama to find his No. 2, Moore expresses deep reserve with leading VP candidates Joe Biden and Evan Bayh because of their votes to authorize the Iraq war, and urges Kennedy to float her own name for the position.

Watch: Malveaux on the VP hunt

"What Obama needs is a vice presidential candidate who is not a professional politician, but someone who is well-known and beloved by people across the political spectrum; someone who, like Obama, spoke out against the war; someone who has a good and generous heart, who will be cheered by the rest of the world; someone whom we've known and loved and admired all our lives and who has dedicated her life to public service and to the greater good for all," Moore writes in the letter published on his Web site.

"That person, Caroline, is you."

Watch: Caroline Kennedy backs Obama

Moore, who's 2004 movie Fahrenheit 911 hit theaters only months before that year's presidential election and led to John McCain's public rebuke of the film at the Republican convention, also makes a direct appeal for Obama to "step up and surprise us again."

"Step up and be different than every politician we have witnessed in our lifetime," he writes. "Make Caroline Kennedy your VP. "Obama-Kennedy." Wow, does that sound so cool.

The daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy formally backed Obama's White House bid only days before the Super Tuesday round of primaries on February 5. In an Op-Ed in the New York Times, Kennedy hailed the Illinois senator as a man who man who could be a "president like my father."

In June, Obama formally asked her to help steer his vice presidential search, along with Washington power-players Eric Holder and Jim Johnson. Johnson later resigned that post after issues were raised over favorable mortgages from Countrywide Financial.

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soundoff (286 Responses)
  1. Linda

    It better be Hillary or there will be alot of us voting for McCain. I would only vote for Obama if Hillary is on the ticket.

    August 20, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |


    August 20, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. PWV

    If this country can elect Ronald Regan President and look back on his 8 years with awe, Why can't we realize that the President and Vice president are there to give us hope and that THEY have the Technical and political staffs to do the grunt work of formulatting policy decisions and legislation.

    I for one agee that this ticket while not techinaclly deep has the chance to appeal to our hopes and dreams of a better country and a better life.

    While they are younger than me, I still remember how I felt in November 1963 and how I dealt with my deployment to Vietnam in 1972.

    For me this is a win win ticket that overcomes a lot of the bitter infighting of the primaries.

    Guess I already voted, and the convention hasn't haqppened yet.

    August 20, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. aliou FL

    I second the motion: Kennedy, kerry or Al Gore.

    August 20, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Licensed to Vote

    Thats a nice option. So I have no updated my list for vice president candidates. With Kennedy in the mix my top choices are now..

    1. Clark
    2. Kennedy
    3. Biden
    4. Baye
    5. Sebelius
    6. Richardson
    7. Clinton
    8. Webb

    Any of these and we guarantee a win in November.

    August 20, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. michael MA

    i wish there was more coverage of Chet Edwards – i like that guy. Hagel, Sebelius, Richardson, Clark are all great choices.

    August 20, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. Mike, TX

    An inexperienced and naive candidate picking a running mate who is even more so.

    Democrats, you still have time to correct this error and nominate Hillary! Don't let the Dean, Pelosi, Reid Troika dictate your choices!

    August 20, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. JDC // Ohio

    Very qualified..Made it thru Kindergarten with straight As!

    August 20, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Spencer

    A Kennedy is better than a Clinton any day of the week. Since she shared Sen. Obama's view on the Iraq war, she seems like a logical choice for the VP. I like Joe Biden, but I believe he will serve better as Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense. Obama-Kennedy has a real good ring to it.

    August 20, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. benvictor

    As a Hillary Democrat, I sure would like to see him select this woman. Then, Hillary ought to team with Michael Bloomberg on an independent it the dream ticket. Since Obama was voting "present" just 4 years ago in the Illinois state legislature and Caroline has diddly doo experience, this is Saturday Night Live folks. Oh, this party has become a joke and dissed Hillary who would have brought victory.

    August 20, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Connie

    To Chris, NJ; Congress was controlled by repubs for six years of this administration and did every thing good old George ask them for including invading a country that was no threat to us . But has cost us over 4100 troops and trillions of dollars.And the master mind of 9-11 is still at large,but Bin-Laden does not have oil right.I can still see Bush standing at ground zero and telling Bin-Laden we will get you and yelling do you hear me.Now John mcBush says he knows how to get Bin-Laden , but why has he not shared his knowledge with the troops so we could have gotten him?John McBush just more of Bush. OBAMA
    Connie from Indiana

    August 20, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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