Paterson Under Pressure to Give Caroline Kennedy Hillary Clinton's Senate Seat

Caroline Kennedy is seeking Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's New York Senate seat.

She has asked New York Gov. Paterson to appoint her to the seat. Top New York Democrats I have spoken with say it would be difficult, if not impossible, for the governor to say no.

But the Kennedy team isn't taking anything for granted, and the governor is emphasizing that he hasn't made the choice yet.

Here's why it might make sense for him to choose Kennedy, beyond her celebrity star-power:She can raise an awful lot of money; Paterson himself will be on the ticket in 2010 and he will want a strong pick to get out the vote; and it gets him off the hook -- he won't have to pick among all of those other elected officials in New York.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is not commenting but her allies in New York have been very critical of this choice. It's no secret that she was very upset with Kennedy during the primaries. It hurt Clinton when Kennedy came out so publicly for Barack Obama. 

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--George Stephanopoulos

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