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Caroline Kennedy backs Hillary Clinton for 2016

(Reuters) - Caroline Kennedy, the current U.S. ambassador to Japan, says she would support Hillary Clinton if the former secretary of state seeks the presidency in 2016, and she hopes Clinton decides to run.

Kennedy and her late uncle, former Senator Ted Kennedy, endorsed President Barack Obama in 2008 rather than Clinton, a significant move in that closely contested campaign.

Kennedy said in series of media interviews aired on Thursday that she hopes Clinton will seek to run as the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016. Kennedy told ABC News she would support Clinton's candidacy "if she runs."

Speaking in a separate interview with NBC News, Kennedy said she thought Clinton would be a "great" choice, the network's correspondent Chuck Todd said.

Kennedy's comments came as Obama visited Japan as part of his four-nation tour of Asia.

Based in Tokyo, Kennedy is far from the politics of Washington. But she is still closely watched as the daughter of a former president and a prominent member of one of America's most famous political clans, though some critics have questioned the Kennedy family's remaining influence.

Clinton has remained mum on declaring her candidacy even as supporters start to line up and raise campaign funds.

Clinton's daughter Chelsea last week announced her pregnancy, which also drew speculation about Clinton's future and whether she would run.

"I know it sounds like a cliché, but two years is a really long time in politics," Kennedy told ABC. "I'm sure she's looking forward to being a grandmother, I know she's got to decide soon. So, so you know I hope so."

As for her own political ambitions, Kennedy said she is not planning to run for office. "I doubt that I would ever run in the United States," she told NBC.

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Alex April 25 2014 at 11:25 PM

I gave an example of the "grand idea" of doing away with the electoral college. One person replied. Said it was a bad idea , because his small state would have no voice in a presidential election. WHAT ??? Now if one more person in a state votes for someone you voted against - YOUR VOTE EQUALS ZERO.
I know this article is about C.K. and H.C. These articles just annoy me. Like when I hear the words "Fossil Fuel." I'd list the websites that prove those two words are moronic, but it , probably, wouldn't be allowed. Just google OIL IS NOT A FOSSIL FUEL. You, probably ,won't believe it because we've been lied to for ages. And the government would never do that. !!!!!!!

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PLW Alex April 26 2014 at 6:22 AM

Am I ever in agreement with you!! Should have been abolished or never implemented in the first place. What a crock! "His small state would have no voice"?? If two people voted, it would have two voices and that's 100% of their voters! right? I am totally for popular vote.

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lopo April 25 2014 at 7:29 PM

I for one thought that the readers on this site were far more intelligent but this article seems to have brought out the ignorant, stupid, sexist, most uneducated writers that I have witnessed in the last 50 plus years. Ignorant, because they can't discuss anything of substance; sexist, as they continually refer to both women's looks rather than their intellect, position or accomplishments; and uneducated, as many can not even write an intelligent thought. Finally, cowardly, as most hide behind a moniker or screen name les they be identified .

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PLW lopo April 26 2014 at 6:30 AM

So, lopo, what's your real name? We'd like to be enlightened. My opinion has nothing to do with which sex a candidate is. It's that the both of them have lived off the fat of the land long enough. Bill was a draft dodger and she dabbled in and leaned toward Communist ideals. They're rotten to,the core. Let the old gal,retire and be a Granny. . The Kennedy's are not royalty. Their old Grand Sire made his fortune off boot leg whiskey and bought his son's presidency.

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denbaum434 lopo April 26 2014 at 1:01 PM

You hide behind one also

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TOMMY BOY April 25 2014 at 3:01 PM

WOW!!!! Man is this some news or what????!! NOT!

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kidmac32 April 25 2014 at 12:03 PM

now I can die a happy man. what great news. ))YAWN((

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fredtrav April 25 2014 at 12:23 PM

How is this even remotely news?

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bleepsn1034 fredtrav April 25 2014 at 12:30 PM

It's Liberal Crack, A Kennedy with no accomplishments who's endorsing Hillary Clinton who also has had everything given to her because of her Husband.. This is literally drugs to liberals.

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chuckhalper fredtrav April 25 2014 at 12:50 PM

For AOL/HP it is news. They will "drip torture" their subscibers with Hillary , just as they did with Obama. There will be cute pictures of her with babies, coverage of speeches talking about her "helping the poor" and reviling the competition. Paralllel articles will take a scapel to those competitors. They are all greedy, crooked, and racists. Pimping for Hillary will go in to overdrive as the election draws near. That is your mistake. This is NOT a news site, its a liberal platform for (socialist) Ariana Huffington and the DNC.

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gsc25 April 25 2014 at 11:41 AM

What's really funny about this is despite all the negative responses to this headline (Hillary would be a worthless candidate and Caroline is even a less impressive and high suspect Ambassador) Reuters news service (and AOL "news") will never pursue the news angle that there are MANY people who dislike Hillary (and Caroline). All the news agencies will continue to blindly promote Hillary as though she's EVERYONE'S choice (which is absolutely NOT true) and continue to shove their noses up Caroline's behind because she's a Kennedy, dontcha know.

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gw4775 gsc25 April 25 2014 at 11:51 AM

Funny, I haven't seen a single article that claims she is everyone's choice. I have seen independently conducted polls that indicate she is favored by a majority of likely voters. So that means the rest of the likely voters DON'T have her as their choice.

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gsc25 gw4775 April 25 2014 at 12:37 PM

Just to be clear I wrote that Hillary is being promoted "as THOUGH she's everyone's choice" just like ALL the news services. One would think that her nomination as the DNC's candidate is a foregone conclusion when she announces her candidacy - if you listen to all the jack-ace pundits.

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fenwaypark9 April 25 2014 at 11:38 AM

Is this more of the Hope & Change promised by Obama?

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marchesiello5 fenwaypark9 April 25 2014 at 12:17 PM

Hilary is Obama's pet pig.

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floatinghome April 25 2014 at 11:54 AM

Japan can KEEP HER!

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salalmo April 25 2014 at 11:51 AM


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pjp6039 April 25 2014 at 11:34 AM

I'll show you my shocked face. The beast of Benghazi will be endorsed by this nothing but family name dupe.

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