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Clinton And Kennedy Scions Consider Senate Seat In 2020

| by Robert Fowler

With speculation mounting that Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will mount a presidential campaign in 2020, rumors abound that two scions of two of the party's most prominent families could vie for her vacant seat.

If Gillibrand chooses to run, both Chelsea Clinton and Caroline Kennedy may compete for her Senate seat, a source familiar with both families told New York Daily News.

Both Clinton and Kennedy hail from highly recognizable Democratic families. They both also share personal history with Gillibrand's seat in the Senate.

Chelsea, 36, the daughter of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had campaigned on her mother's behalf throughout the 2016 presidential race. The Democratic presidential nominee had served as a New York senator until she stepped down to join former President Barack Obama's administration in 2009. Ironically, it was Gillibrand who was appointed to fill Hillary's vacant seat.

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Kennedy, 59, the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, had been considered to fill Hillary's seat but ultimately withdrew herself from consideration.

Despite her parents' long history in governance, Chelsea has yet to enter the political arena. The source that believes she may contend for Gillibrand's seat pointed to a recent social media exchange that she had with President Donald Trump's adviser, Kellyanne Conway.

On Feb. 3, Chelsea took Conway to task for promoting the Bowling Green Massacre, a fictitious terrorist attack.

"Please don't make up attacks," she tweeted out.

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"What you're witnessing is the beginning of Chelsea Clinton's political career," the source familiar with the two families said. "Chelsea had that Twitter war with Kellyanne Conway -- she's engaging in the political arena."

Meanwhile, Caroline had served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan during the Obama administration. On Feb. 3, she blasted Trump for suggesting on the campaign trail that Japan should pay the U.S. more for its defense.

"They contribute more than 75 percent of the cost of the bases, and it's in our interest that Japan be strong and that our troops be there," she told Today. "That makes us safer here at home."

When asked if she was considering running for public office, Caroline replied: "I'm looking to figure what I’ll do next. ... I think I'd rather be on morning TV."

Gillibrand has been gaining attention for her opposition to the Trump administration. She has voted against his Cabinet appointees more than any other member of Congress, and observers believe that her record has proven her to be more liberal than New Yorkers had perceived her to be when she entered the Senate in 2009.

"When I thought about the firebrands who could lead the opposition, she wasn't one of them," Liat Olenick, a Brooklyn-based public school teacher, told The New York Times. "But I think people are really feeling surprised and hopeful about her. She has a remarkable composure and thoughtfulness and she definitely has the appearance of sincerity."

Sources: Chelsea Clinton/TwitterNew York Daily News, The New York TimesToday / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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