Kennedy says she'll Have to Work Harder to Prove Herself

Associated Press - December 26, 2008 2:53 PM ET

NEW YORK (AP) - Her famous name may open some doors, but Caroline Kennedy says it's also a burden.

She says if she's chosen to fill the U.S. Senate seat that would be vacated by Hillary Clinton, she knows she'll have to work twice as hard as others. She says she has to prove herself because of her famous background and her lack of political experience.

Kennedy sat down for an interview with The Associated Press today at a New York City diner, after weeks of avoiding the media.

She said she's an "unconventional choice" for the Senate seat, but adds that there are many paths to take toward public service. She says her accomplishments as a writer, a mother, and a fundraiser for New York City's public schools have prepared her for the Senate.

The daughter of President John F. Kennedy was first mentioned as a possible replacement for Clinton after Barack Obama nominated Clinton to be secretary of state. She's faced criticism that she cut in line ahead of politicians with more experience, and that she has acted as if she's entitled to the post. More than a half dozen elected officials are vying for the seat.

The appointment of a new senator rests solely with Democratic Gov. David Paterson.

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