NY Post: Kennedys Pushing Elizabeth Warren to Run Against Hillary

Sunday, 03 Aug 2014 09:03 AM

By Greg Richter

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Members of the Kennedy clan are pushing Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, The New York Post reports.

Writer Edward Klein wrote that sources have told him the family is divided over the two potential candidates. Robert Kennedy’s widow, Ethel, and son, former Rep. Joe Kennedy II, prefer Warren, while Bobby Jr. and Max Kennedy are leaning toward Clinton.

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Then-Sen. Ted Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama over Clinton in 2008, and the family still feels it has a "kingmaker" role in Democratic politics, a source told Klein. Warren now holds the seat long occupied by Ted Kennedy, who died in 2009.

"A Kennedy endorsement matters," a family member told Klein. "It's not just the aura of being compared to JFK, Bobby and Ted. But it's also the use of the Hyannis Port compound and the JFK Library, which are magnets for fund-raisers."

Warren and Clinton were reportedly brought to Hyannis Port to meet members of the family one week apart. Clinton, the former New York senator and secretary of state under Obama, came with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, a week before Warren.

"Bill was in full campaign mode," a source told Klein. "He made a point of talking to every member of the family, shook every hand, and remembered the names of everyone from the youngest to the oldest."

Both women were treated to catered dinners under a tent, but the Clintons were also taken aboard the Kennedy schooner, the Maya. Hillary Clinton was reported "a little green around the gills" afterward.

Neither woman has announced intentions to run, but Clinton is considered a frontrunner and a formidable foe to any Republican nominee. Warren has repeatedly said she is not running, but Klein reported that Bill Clinton's own polling shows Warren gaining on Hillary Clinton, making her someone for a Clinton campaign to worry about.

Warren has support from the far left wing of the party, which sees Clinton as tied to corporate America. Joe Kennedy has the same feeling, according to the Post's report.

"He loves Liz because she’s a full-throated liberal like his Uncle Ted," a source said. "She has Ted’s voice — loud and angry and triumphant."

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