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Caroline Kennedy Jousts With NY Times Reporters

Sunday, 28 Dec 2008 07:40 PM

U.S. Senate candidate Caroline Kennedy seemed both bemused and irritated during an interview with two New York Times reporters who she accused of working on a story that would be better suited for a “woman’s magazine.”

The rocky interview, which resulted in a Sunday front-page New York Times story that described her as aloof and perhaps unready for the U.S. Senate, repeatedly veered off course when the reporters attempted to probe her discussions with her husband.

The reporters wanted to know how, for the purpose of “storytelling,” the “elusive” Kennedy scion decided to apply to be appointed by New York Gov. David Paterson to the seat Hillary Clinton is vacating.

"Have you guys ever thought about writing for, like, a woman's magazine or something?" Kennedy asked, to which the reporter countered by asking what she had against women's magazines.

"Nothing at all, but I thought you were the crack political team here," she answered.

Kennedy then said she wished she could draw on a moment and would think about it a little more.

At another point, Times reporter Nicholas Confessore referred to a Jennifer Aniston movie as he continued to probe why Kennedy decided to submit to the very public process, according to a transcript on the Times Web site.

“I guess another way of thinking about it is that Jennifer Aniston movie, where she tells her boyfriend, ‘I want you to want to do the dishes,’ you know? And I wonder if Senator Kennedy wanted you to want to do it,” said Confessore, referring to her uncle, U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy. His colleague then identified the movie as “The Break-Up.”

Kennedy laughed at them.

“I hope you’re going to put this in the article, not just the answer. OK?”

The reporters never learned whether Kennedy does the dishes at her posh Manhattan home.

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