Kennedy eyes US senate

NEW YORK - Caroline Kennedy, the only surviving child of slain US president John Kennedy, has confirmed her desire to enter the senate, New York state's governor said on Monday.

NEW YORK - Caroline Kennedy, the only surviving child of slain US president John Kennedy, has confirmed her desire to enter the senate, New York state's governor said on Monday.

Kennedy, who has never held public office, said she was throwing her hat in the ring to replace Hillary Clinton, whose seat in the senate will become vacant when she becomes secretary of state in Barack Obama's administration.

"She told me she was interested in the position," said Governor David Paterson, who is responsible for picking Clinton's temporary replacement.

The new senator would then face a special election in 2010.

The prospect of another member of America's legendary political family taking high office has excited many in New York. The soon-to-be vacant seat was once held by Caroline Kennedy's uncle Robert Kennedy.

Kennedy, 51, held fundraisers and appeared on the campaign trail on behalf of Obama's successful White House bid. - Sapa-AFP

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