Caroline Kennedy backs Hillary Clinton for 2016

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Caroline Kennedy backs Hillary Clinton for 2016
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: US First Lady and New York Democratic senate candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton (R) chats with Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg (L) at a New York Women for Hillary event in New York 17 October 2000. Clinton will continue campaigning with Caroline Kennedy 17 October 2000 and join US Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) for an event in Buffalo, New York. (FILM) AFP PHOTO/Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
Caroline Kennedy responds during an interview, Friday, Dec. 26, 2008 in New York. Ms. Kennedy is one of the candidates in the running to replace Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) after Clinton is confirmed as Secretary of State in President-Elect Obama's administration. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
Caroline Kennedy listens to a reporter's question during a news conference at City Hall in Buffalo, N.Y. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008. Caroline Kennedy finally made public her desire to carry on her famous family's legacy, reaching out to a handful of political leaders Wednesday in an effort to win support for her quest to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Don Heupel)
**FILE**In the Oct. 15, 2008 file photo, Caroline Kennedy sits with husband, Edwin Schlossberg before the start of the a presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. After warily stepping into the political free-for-all for Hillary Rodham Clinton's U.S. Senate seat, Kennedy's holiday activities include fending off requests to disclose financial and other personal information. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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(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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