The New York Times gave Caroline Kennedy a list of 15 questions “that any New York senator is expected to confront” and she returned a list of 15 answers, some of which include:
On social issues, Ms. Kennedy opposes restrictions on abortion rights, including laws that would require young women to notify a parent before obtaining an abortion. She described herself as a “strong supporter” of gun control, a stance that will likely find much more favor in New York City and its suburbs than upstate. Unlike Mrs. Clinton, however, Ms. Kennedy seems to support same-sex marriage.
“Caroline supports full equality and marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples,” the statement said.
She also appears to share mainstream Democratic views on most labor issues. Ms. Kennedy supports federal legislation, known as the “card check” bill, that would make it easier for unions to organize, the highest priority for the labor movement. She expressed some concern about what she described as “unintended, negative consequences” of the North American Free Trade Agreement, though stopped short of saying that it should be modified.
Ms. Kennedy also said she supported the auto industry bailout bill passed by the House and widely supported in parts of upstate New York that are home to auto-parts manufacturers.
“Caroline believes all undocumented workers should be required to legalize their presence in the United States and that we must create a way for them to do so,” according to her statement. “Undocumented workers should pay a fine, learn English and go to the back of the line behind those who came here legally.”
Ms. Kennedy also answered written questions from other publications, including Politico.com. It reported on Saturday that Ms. Kennedy opposed the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq and “supports President-elect Obama’s plan to work with our military leaders to begin a responsible withdrawal.”
While Ms. Kennedy’s stance on various of issues would undoubtedly be of interest to many New Yorkers, particularly since she has remained out of the spotlight for so many years, the only vote that she must win for now is Mr. Paterson’s.
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