Kennedy Won't Run Unless Appointed

Caroline says she'd support incumbent in 2010
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2008 9:44 AM CST
Caroline Kennedy responds during an interview, Friday, Dec. 26, 2008 in New York.    (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
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(Newser) – If Caroline Kennedy isn't appointed to Hillary Clinton’s New York Senate seat, she won’t run for it in 2 years, Kennedy told NY1 last night. If Gov. David Paterson "doesn’t select me, I would support the person that he does select,” she said. She also said she finally talked with Hillary Clinton, who initially didn’t take her call.

Clinton said being senator "was the greatest job that she’d ever had and could imagine having,” Kennedy said. “She was very encouraging.” Caroline also said she was “dismayed” by her failure to vote in some elections, and scoffed at the suggestion that she was only a viable candidate because of her name. “If my last name weren’t Kennedy, maybe I would have run for office a long time ago,” she said.