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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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nad22551 April 24 2014 at 6:52 PM

wow-what a surprise (not)

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kr2001fran nad22551 April 24 2014 at 6:57 PM

hope no one else backs killery

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Vito kr2001fran April 24 2014 at 7:01 PM

the lesbians will be backing this DIKE

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ladybaylee nad22551 April 24 2014 at 6:57 PM

Yes, I don't know about you but I was on "pins and needles" until this was finally released:)

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ankare April 24 2014 at 6:58 PM

...and this is news because???

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Vito April 24 2014 at 7:00 PM

That figures water seeks it's own level.

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rdh32khlll Vito April 24 2014 at 7:07 PM

I have not heard that one in a long time.

True. Very true.

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xljewelry April 24 2014 at 7:05 PM

so,so,so,predictable

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cbplatis April 24 2014 at 7:07 PM

what a shock...

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cbplatis April 24 2014 at 7:08 PM

Oh, and nice super, airbrushed picture of the two of them....

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amerlith1 April 24 2014 at 7:09 PM

I have nothing against Secretary Clinton running but I fail to see why its so important that the daughter of a former president saying she'll support her is news. Its truly a shame how with all their money that this family is so starved for attention and being in the limelight. Newsflash Caroline, if the Secretary does run it won't be because you supported her and if she wins it won't be because you supported her. You and your family are nothing more than press hogs.

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user274001 April 24 2014 at 7:11 PM

You know , I'm not surprised , you know . You know , we mentally retarded libs , you know , we gotta you know stick together you know .

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HELEN April 24 2014 at 7:11 PM

Who really cares….

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judybobens HELEN April 24 2014 at 7:12 PM

Amen to that.

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stual2 April 24 2014 at 7:12 PM

So what is new about this!!

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T. Wayne Harris stual2 April 24 2014 at 7:15 PM

Same ol same ol - she comes from a democrat family so what's new.

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