January 21st, 2009
07:46 PM ET
9 years ago

Sources: Caroline Kennedy pulls out of Senate hunt

(CNN) - Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy who was widely considered the frontrunner for an appointment to replace Hillary Clinton as U.S. senator from New York, has removed herself from consideration for that post, according to three Democratic sources.

Filed under: Caroline Kennedy
soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. Cathy

    I think she would have served the people of New York well.

    January 21, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  2. The Observer

    She was only being considered because of the last name, anyone else with her lack of accomplishments would have immediately found their resume being tossed in the trashcan where it belonged in the first place

    January 21, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  3. Bruce

    She has pulled out, according to the New York Post, because she has found out that Governor Patterson is not going to appoint her.

    How noble of her! How gracious to walk away after she's been shown the back door.

    January 21, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  4. Say goodnight,goodnight

    I just want to thank our special guest ann coulter for commenting here tonight,shes such an inspiration for the mentally challanged.

    January 21, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  5. Paul

    Do everyone a favor, Caroline...make an appointment at a beauty
    salon, another with your dentist and, definitely one with a doctor to
    reposition your brains. You've been sitting on them too long. You
    might want to ask Sarah Palin how she did it.

    January 21, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  6. bankrupt USA

    I guess only lifelong career politicians are qualified to be appointed.

    January 21, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |

    I'M glad she did this ,first i thought well she be ok,BUT WHEN THEY SAID SHE HAD NOT BEING VOTEING ! I WAS SO UP SET SHE IS A KENNEDY!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO SHE CAN'T VOTE OR CHOOSE NOT TO FOR WHAT EVER REASON! She don't to be in a senator's seat !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 21, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  8. Denise

    Her uncle is ill and this was just maybe too much for her. He is the last of her family. She could be good in that seat once she found her feet. She has no trouble whatsoever heading up our greatest and best charties and her fathers library. And she knows politics very well. And knows the work and time it takes. She is one of the good Kennedy's.

    January 21, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  9. jaye

    Caroline Kennedy will be appointed Thursday.

    January 21, 2009 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  10. Anonymous


    January 21, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  11. Tessa

    It was quite interesting to watch the talking heads analyze this ad nauseum, only to report minutes later that it was confirmed that Caroline had not withdrawn her name. Yet another example of how the media relies on what "sources" tell them, and come up with egg on their faces.

    January 21, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  12. D

    so with clinton's confirmation as SecState, I guess patterson privately gave kennedy the news that she wouldn't be named . . . so she bowed out "gracefully". no harm, no foul.

    January 21, 2009 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  13. Common Sense in CA

    This has NOT been a good week for Kennedys. First Ted's going to the hospital, now Caroline's not going to Washington.

    January 22, 2009 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  14. Allen

    I hope this rumor is, in fact, true. A small part of me feels bad for her, but she just got a very small taste of what happened to Sarah Palin. CK has to understand that a last name is NOT a job qualification.

    January 22, 2009 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  15. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    If this item were true it would be wonderful news.

    However, there are conflicting reports on whether or not it is true.

    Gov. Paterson should take this opportunity to close the book on any further consideration of Caroline Kennedy. In spite of her name, if appointed, she doesn't have a snowball's chance of keeping the seat. She is less informed than Palin (if that is possible), and doesn't even pretend to know whether or if she has voted in the last several elections.

    Come on people, we don't owe her the time of day! This is NOT a Monarchy, it is a Republic! And she has earned exactly nothing!

    January 22, 2009 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  16. Sharon-NY

    Caroline is totally puerile woman. If she respect Gov. Paterson's decision, she should wait humbly until he announce it.

    January 22, 2009 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  17. Fred C Dobbs


    Turn off David Gregory/MSNBC and trying watching a credible news source – say, anything else.

    January 22, 2009 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  18. Moe, NY

    I hope she does not withdraw....she would be an excellent Senator for NY State....and, qualified too! I do not want to see another Cumo (sp?) again, the first one was not that good as far as I am concerned. Come on Gov. Paterson....appoint her, she would benefit NYS...and we in NY State need all the help we can get at this point in time.

    January 22, 2009 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  19. Vic

    I heard about 10 mins ago that CKennedy put out a statement that she had withdrawn. She wasn't ready for the job anyway and I thought Cuomo was the right choice. But I don't think it will be him. I think it will be Maloney.

    January 22, 2009 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  20. G

    so let me get this straight its not ok to appiont Caroline because of her last name but its ok to appiont Cumo because of his last name? If the gov were to choose Caroline it would be for many political reasons number 1 the money she can raise you need a lot of money to run in NY and she has the money. Second she supported obama and thus will have more capital in NY to get things done for the state which I would think would be important to NY but maybe am wrong. Third she is the only women who can replace Hillary if you think that a women seat should be fill by another women. But now she withdrew though msnbc is reporting something else I guess cumo will get it and in that case good luck NY you're going to need it.

    January 22, 2009 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
1 2 3 4