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She wants us to know that she really isn't um, well, er, ah, shy ...at least not as much as people might think.

Caroline Kennedy, sitting with um, reporters, who you know, um, are, well, recording her um, comments, are you know ...you know...you know profiling her.

"...Criticized for ignoring reporters after her name surfaced as a possible Clinton replacement, Kennedy sat down with the media this weekend. Displaying her notorious shyness during the 30-minute chat, the mother of three, author and public education advocate was pleasant, but spoke softly and rarely made eye contact. Her speech was often punctuated with extra "you knows" and "ums."

Kennedy said she is excited and up to the challenge of not only serving in the Senate but mounting a run for the seat in 2010 and 2012.

"I'm not as shy as everybody makes me out to be," she said.

Kennedy revealed she has had several recent discussions with her former cousin-in-law, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who is also considered a serious candidate for the Senate seat."

Senate hopeful Caroline Kennedy speaks to the Daily News Saturday morning. Warga/News

Senate hopeful Caroline Kennedy speaks to the Daily News Saturday morning.

A defiant Caroline Kennedy says she "wouldn't be beholden to anybody" - including Mayor Bloomberg - if she's picked to become New York's next U.S.