Caroline: My Celebrity Will Work for NY

'Forceful but elusive' candidate says recession has hurt her
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2008 5:40 PM CST
Caroline Kennedy, center, arrives for lunch with the Rev. Al Sharpton, left, at the famed soul food restaurant Sylvia's in Harlem, New York, Thursday Dec. 18, 2008.    (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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(Newser) – Caroline Kennedy continued her media blitz today, asserting in a sit-down interview with the New York Times that she is the best candidate for the Senate and that she could use her celebrity to draw attention to state issues. She remained vague, however, on many specifics, including her personal finances. When asked to describe the moment she decided to seek the seat, she zinged, “Have you guys ever thought about writing for, like, a woman’s magazine or something? I thought you were the crack political team.”

Kennedy acknowledged living a "very advantaged life" but said "our family tradition has been always to work for, as I said, for working people.” Noting that she'd be replacing "a very powerful advocate in Hillary Clinton,” she said, “this is not about me, this is about what I can do to help New York get its fair share, help working families, travel the state, bring attention to what is going on up there. So that’s why I think I would be good.”