Caroline Says Her Kids Didn't Cause Dropout

By Michael Clancy
|  Tuesday, May 19, 2009  |  Updated 9:33 AM PDT
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Caroline Kennedy bowed out of her bid for Hillary Clinton's senate seat after questions arose about her character and marriage -- a smear campaign many believe to have emanated from the office of Gov. David Paterson.

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Reports that Caroline Kennedy dropped her bid for Hillary Clinton's senate seat because her children implored her to do so are "absolute nonsense," Kennedy said in an interview this morning.

"Anybody who knows my children and knows me knows that was absolute nonsense," Kennedy told Matt Lauer on the "Today" show when asked about her children's role in the decision. "All in all, it was great experience for me. I know you may find that hard to believe."

Although her appearance on the morning show was to draw attention to the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage that will be presented today, Kennedy fielded a few questions about her brief dalliance in politics, which ended when she bowed out after questions arose about her character and marriage -- a smear campaign many believe to have emanated from the office of Gov. David Paterson.

"It did get a little bit messy at the end, Caroline, " Lauer asked.  "And there were reports that said you very upset with the way that New York’s Gov. David Paterson handled the situation. ... How do you feel he handled it?"

“As I’ve said, I’ve moved on and I’m looking on to what I can do," said Kennedy, who gracefully chose not to take a swipe at the governor. "Hopefully, I can be courageous in my future service, and so glad you asked about that."

Then why did she choose to abandon her bid after two months of campaigning and a listening tour?

"Well, that was the right decision and obviously I know from being part of this award that, you know, when you make the right decision it doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks," said Kennedy, showing off some media savvy that wasn't there during her brief flirtation with public office. "There are many, many ways to serve."

 

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