A Kennedy Finds Her Political Calling

Caroline's role in the Obama campaign is a serious 'coming out'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2008 5:35 AM CDT
Barack Obama shares a moment with Caroline Kennedy before addressing supporters at a rally in Pennsylvania earlier this year.    (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama's campaign has spurred John F. Kennedy's only surviving child to step into the political spotlight, and not just as window dressing, the Wall Street Journal reports. As co-chair of the candidate's vice-presidential search committee, she is a serious vetter, and she's becoming a major draw on the campaign trail. Friends say her old shyness is gone and that she's a natural for the family business.

"This is the coming-out for Caroline Kennedy," Sen. Dianne Feinstein tells the Journal. When the VP search is wrapped up, she's expected to continue on the campaign. She and the candidate have developed a friendship, "chatting and emailing one another frequently," the Journal says. There is even speculation that if Obama wins, Kennedy could play a role in his administration. (Read more Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg stories.)