Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Post-Standard: Caroline Kennedy meets with Syracuse mayor [transcript of refusing to talk to reporters]

[ Transcript of Caroline Kennedy to c. 20 reporters. ]

"I just wanted to say, as some of you may have
heard, I've told Gov. Paterson that I'd be honored to be considered
for the position of United States senator. I wanted to come upstate
and meet with Mayor Driscoll and others to tell them about my
experience and also to learn more about how Washington can help these
communities," Kennedy told reporters. "There's a lot of good people,
candidates, that the governor is considering. He's laid out a process.
I'm proud to be in that process."

"What do you say to New Yorkers who think you're not qualified?" a
newspaper reporter asked.

She ignored the question and started to leave.
"Are you ready for this, Ms. Kennedy? You're not going to answer
questions at all?" reporters yelled.

"Where are you heading next?" a television reporter asked.

"To the car," Kennedy said.

"What do you say to New Yorkers who think you're not ready or
qualified for this job?"

"Have you ever been to Syracuse before?"

"Hopefully I can come back and answer all your questions," Kennedy
said as reporters followed her outside.

"What do you think your greatest qualification is to be senator?" a
reporter persisted.

"You're seeking public office and you don't want to answer questions
from reporters, Ma'am? When can we expect you to answer questions?"
another reporter asked as Kennedy got into the passenger seat of a
black GMC Denali.

She closed the vehicle's door and it pulled away.
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