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Caroline Kennedy (and her staff) provided answers to fifteen questions posed by The New York Times. These questions and the answers serve as an excellent platform surrogate, and should probably be answered by anyone else seeking Governor David Paterson’s appointment to the seat likely to be vacated by Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton. New Yorkers deserve at least a basic understanding of the positions on critical issues held by those who would represent them in the United States Senate.

Here are some highlights of the Q&A with Caroline (full story here)

Q. Does she support state or federal legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage?

A. Caroline supports full equality and marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.

Q. Would she oppose legislation that would require minors to notify a parent before obtaining an abortion?

A. Caroline believes that young women facing unwanted pregnancies should have the advice of caring adults, but this should not be required by law.

Some additional questions and answers:

Q. Do you believe that an undivided Jerusalem must be the national capital of the State of Israel?

A. Yes, Caroline believes that an undivided Jerusalem must be the national capital of the State of Israel.

Q. Do you support the auto industry bailout package passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month?

A. Yes, Caroline supports the auto industry bailout package passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month.

And, finally:

Q. Do you support a two-state peace solution for Israel?

A. Caroline supports a two-state peace solution for Israel, so long as there is a true partner for peace in the Palestinians, and so long as Israel’s security is assured.

Q. Do you support the federal Employee Free Choice Act, otherwise known as the "card-check" bill?

A. Yes, Caroline supports the federal Employee Free Choice Act.

Please take a look at all the questions and answers. For me, having a marriage equality proponent in the United States Senate would be a step forward, as neither Senator Clinton nor former Senator Obama support full marriage marriage equality. It’s great to think New York might have a Senator in a position to push the President-Elect on this issue when he takes office.

Do you think other aspirants to this office should answer these questions too?