December 29th, 2008
01:12 PM ET

Kennedy to NYT reporters: 'You should write for women's mags'

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Nicholas Confessore and David M. Halbfinger
The New York Times

Caroline Kennedy, the woman who would be New York’s next senator, is sure of one thing. Among all the hopefuls seeking to succeed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, she said on Saturday, there is no better choice.

“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I would be the best,” Ms. Kennedy said, sitting in the back room of an Upper East Side diner around the corner from her home.

After weeks of criticism that she had not opened up to the public or the press, Ms. Kennedy has embarked on a series of interviews. But in an extensive sit-down discussion Saturday morning with The New York Times, she still seemed less like a candidate than an idea of one: forceful but vague, largely undefined and seemingly determined to remain that way.


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  1. EJ (USA)

    On the language thing, she just needs a little "impromptu speech coaching." She has a law degree from Columbia so I know she's not stupid. She going to have a rough time coming into the limelight now though. From all that I've heard, her last name works against her as much as it does for her. I was kind of surprised the reaction was so negative but she'll have to take the heat no matter what.

    I'll leave it to you New Yorkers to analyze the rest of the situation.

    December 29, 2008 at 7:23 pm |
  2. Heather,ca

    I dont know who talked her into or convinced her to do this, but its not a good idea and I really dont know what they and her are thinking. Beyond the name recognition and all, she has absolutely no real experience. Yes she is smart and beautiful. She has a law degree. But she has spent her life living a private life. Her mother started that for her. You cant spend 50 years living a private life and masterfully avoiding the press and media only to reach out on your terms when you have something like a book to promote and then when you decide to go public all of sudden the press has to follow new rules. She cant have it both ways. Its just not fair. Plus the media of the past is in no way the same media of today. We have a 24 hour seven days a week news cycle. Not to mention blogs. Is she prepared to under the very microscope that she has avoided her entire life. Is she prepared to fight for the various people and their causes of concern all over New York state? I dont even think knows what the issues are. Yeah that had to be a painful interview. The entire thing is painful to watch. I wish she would just give up on it.

    December 29, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  3. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Heaven forbid that the voters of NY hear why she wants to be Senator and what she stands for.

    December 29, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    Seems to be the fashion for people to not say what their position on issues is anymore. I don't know if its because they don't know or if they are trying to be flexible and are still gathering information before they decide. From prior interviews though Caroline Kennedy seems to be able to firmly and graciously push the press away once she says all she intends to say.

    December 29, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  5. Joanne, Solvay, NY

    A name should not be the criterion to which an appointment of Senator is based. In upstate New York, we lost a Bristol Myers expansion to Massachusetts. I doubt if Kennedy's "politico" will give us the commerce we so desparatly need. Cuomo is a better, more experienced choice.

    December 29, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  6. JC- Los Angeles

    "Well, like, you know, Caroline, your name, like, probabaly, you know, has something, like, you know, to do with, like, your current, you know, position as like, you know, front runner."

    I can't imagine what Martha's Vineyard must be like on warm summer days.

    December 29, 2008 at 1:27 pm |