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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2008-12-16

Carolione Kennedy, the only surviving child of murdered President John F. Kennedy, has enthused many New Yorkers by expressing her desire to pursue the Senate seat soon to be vacated by Hillary Clinton.

AFP - Caroline Kennedy, the only surviving child of slain US president John F. Kennedy, has confirmed her desire to enter the Senate, New York state's governor said Monday.

Kennedy said she was throwing her hat in the ring to replace Hillary Clinton, whose seat in the Senate will become vacant when she becomes secretary of state in Barack Obama's administration.

"She told me she was interested in the position," said Governor David Paterson, who is responsible for picking Clinton's temporary replacement.

The new senator would then face a special election in 2010.

The prospect of another member of America's legendary political family taking high office has excited many in New York. The soon-to-be vacant seat was once held by Caroline Kennedy's uncle Robert F. Kennedy.

Some critics have cast Kennedy as a socialite blessed with 24-karat connections and a legendary last name in US politics. She also is an attorney and author who until now has shunned the limelight.

Other would-be senators include New York state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, former governor Mario Cuomo's son.

Paterson says he will not announce a decision until Clinton's seat is vacated after Obama takes over the White House on January 20.
 

Date created : 2008-12-16