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AP - Sen. Clinton preparing for potential presidential race
Associated Press ^ | Friday, August 16, 2002

Posted on 08/16/2002 9:09:02 PM PDT by HAL9000

WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton has begun building a national political organization, softening her liberal image and taking a lead role in Democratic criticism of President Bush - steps toward a potential campaign to become the first woman president.

Former President Clinton speaks about his wife's run for the presidency as a matter of ``when,'' not ``if,'' say people who have discussed it with him. Several of her associates said she is eyeing 2008 as the year to run.

Sen. Clinton said Friday that she will not break a pledge to complete her six-year term that expires in 2006.

``I have no plans to run for president,'' she said in a telephone interview.

Her actions suggest the former first lady is positioning herself for a history-making race. She has:

- Contributed nearly $600,000 to 73 Democratic candidates across the country through her political action committee and has raised even more money by headlining fund-raisers. She has helped candidates in key presidential states such as Iowa and New Hampshire.

- Defended her husband's presidency against attacks from Republicans while sharpening her criticism of Bush.

- Courted the party's moderate wing with a keynote speech to the centrist Democratic Leadership Council. She has sided with Republicans or centrist Democrats on bankruptcy, welfare and anti-Hollywood legislation.

``It used to be that Democrats came to Washington hoping to work for Ted Kennedy,'' said Donna Brazile, Al Gore's campaign manager. ``Now they want to earn their stripes with Hillary.''

Clinton has miles to go to override criticism by Republicans that she is a liberal Democrat whose major policy initiative - the 1993 universal health care plan - was a political and policy disaster.

``I think it's always hard for somebody with a full record and a range of interests to be portrayed ... in soundbites,'' Clinton said. ``I was the first person in the country to call for teaching testing'' as first lady of Arkansas ``and I took enormous heat for that. I supported welfare reform in the Clinton administration and I took enormous heat for that.''

Several advisers and friends close to Clinton, speaking on condition of anonymity, say she wants a Democrat to win the White House in 2004. If Bush wins re-election, however, she would almost certainly be a candidate four years later, they said.

The sources include a longtime adviser, a close friend and a senior Democrat who have talked to Clinton about her future.

``I don't know who those people are or where they're getting their information from because they've never had a conversation with me they can quote,'' Clinton said. She flatly ruled out even a vice presidential bid in 2004.

Her husband was at a small dinner party in February, in Perth, Australia, when someone asked if Sen. Clinton would run for president. One person described the former president's unhesitating reply, ``Not in 2004,'' as reflexive, confident and leaving the clear impression that his wife had already decided to try in 2008.

It is impossible to characterize Sen. Clinton's intentions with any certainty; the sources close to her could be trying inflate her standing among Democrats or may be caught up in the Clinton-for-president speculation buzzing about the party's grass roots.

The possibility of a historic race is fueling the interest, Clinton said.

``I think that's part of the speculation and wishful thinking, because we all hope a woman will run in our lifetime,'' she said.

At last week's conference of the Democratic National Committee, Clinton's appearance by videotape produced a thunder of applause and polls show she is popular among party activists.

Her political action committee has contributed about $15,000 to New Hampshire candidates in tight races and about $21,000 to those in Iowa - the leadoff states as Democrats choose their presidential candidate every four years.

She attended a fund-raiser in February for Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and helped raise $20,000 at a New York fund-raiser for New Hampshire Gov. Judy Shaheen, who is running for the Senate.

She will open her Washington home Sept. 18 to raise money for Julie Thomas, a congressional candidate from Iowa.

``She's cultivating talent and friends across the country,'' Brazile said. ``Some day, she may want to harvest her crop.''

Copyright 2002 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barfalert; hillaryclinton; presidentrodham
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1 posted on 08/16/2002 9:09:02 PM PDT by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000
What a nightmare scenario.
2 posted on 08/16/2002 9:11:34 PM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: HAL9000
she's getting ready for 2008. If Bush screws up- for 2004.
3 posted on 08/16/2002 9:11:47 PM PDT by StopDemocratsDotCom
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To: HAL9000
I would like to think that if she ran in 2004(or ever for that matter) she would receive maybe a maximum of 15% of the vote but who knows.
4 posted on 08/16/2002 9:13:16 PM PDT by fiftymegaton
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To: Travis McGee
What a nighmare scenario, you say. How about, What hath Rick LAZY I O wrought!!!!
5 posted on 08/16/2002 9:14:36 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: fiftymegaton
I don't see what would prevent blue country from going for Hillary plus, whereas Gore couldn't carry Tennessee, you can count on Hillary carrying New York. It is a frightening thought.
6 posted on 08/16/2002 9:16:15 PM PDT by gcruse
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To: HAL9000
MEGA BARF ALERT
7 posted on 08/16/2002 9:17:07 PM PDT by brat
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To: HAL9000
Bubba did real harm to the country. She could put us over the bottom........
8 posted on 08/16/2002 9:17:33 PM PDT by umgud
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To: HAL9000
Well, we can't say we weren't warned. Hopefully FR will still exist in 2007-08 so we can battle this monster.
9 posted on 08/16/2002 9:17:58 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason
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To: HAL9000
Lovely. Just lovely. Hasn't she gotten booed off stage a couple of times?

sparky
10 posted on 08/16/2002 9:19:00 PM PDT by sparkydragon
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To: HAL9000
Whenever I hear things like those spewed in this article, I flush it.
11 posted on 08/16/2002 9:20:50 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: HAL9000
As my daddy used to say, "You can put lipstick on a pig, but she's still a pig."
12 posted on 08/16/2002 9:22:32 PM PDT by Catspaw
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To: HAL9000
`I have no plans to run for president,' she said in a telephone interview.

Sound familiar?? It should. This is EXACTLY what the Bride of Satan said in 1999-2000 with respect to the NY Senate seat.


13 posted on 08/16/2002 9:23:35 PM PDT by TheGrimReaper
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To: Mia T
Ping
14 posted on 08/16/2002 9:26:09 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: HAL9000
``It used to be that Democrats came to Washington hoping to work for Ted Kennedy,'' said Donna Brazile, Al Gore's campaign manager. ``Now they want to earn their stripes with Hillary.''

What more do we need to know about the DemocRATS?

15 posted on 08/16/2002 9:29:38 PM PDT by THX 1138
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To: HAL9000
...said Donna Brazile, Al Gore's campaign manager. ``Now they want to earn their stripes with Hillary.''

I know there's a pic of Hillary floating around here somewhere in a dominatrix outfit with a whip in her hand...or maybe that was Rosie.

16 posted on 08/16/2002 9:31:17 PM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: HAL9000
Geez--I was already depressed and now this! Maybe it is just positive thinking but I really don't think Hitlary would be elected even if she got the nomination, unless we should have a third party spoiler the likes of which got Bubba elected.
17 posted on 08/16/2002 9:33:37 PM PDT by scholar
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To: HAL9000
"and I took enormous heat for that"

Hahahahahahah.................Yea right!..........hahahahahahaha

The only heat she ever took was tryin to get those papers back to the Rose Law firm withiut it lookin like she ever had them.

18 posted on 08/16/2002 9:33:46 PM PDT by Cold Heat
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To: HAL9000
Lord help us all.

I can't imagine her getting elected, but then I couldn't imagine Slick Willie getting re-elected in '96.

19 posted on 08/16/2002 9:37:22 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy
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To: fiftymegaton; HAL9000
Underestimating Hillary = President Hillary. Guaranteed.
20 posted on 08/16/2002 9:37:50 PM PDT by Guillermo
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To: HAL9000
"It used to be that Democrats came to Washington hoping to work for Ted Kennedy," said Donna Brazile, Al Gore's campaign manager. "Now they want to earn their stripes with Hillary."

The Democrats may as well change their donkey logo to a goat's head/ 666 as they now aspire to "earn" their place in hell by working for Her Infernal Majesty.

21 posted on 08/16/2002 9:39:26 PM PDT by F16Fighter
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To: HAL9000
``It used to be that Democrats came to Washington hoping to work for Ted Kennedy,'' said Donna Brazile, Al Gore's campaign manager. ``Now they want to earn their stripes with Hillary.''

Interesting choice of words. Whips leave stripes.

22 posted on 08/16/2002 9:41:50 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: TontoKowalski
Oh, no, wait, wait. It was a pic of Hillary in the Nazi uniform with the riding crop.

That's how the dems earn their stripes working for her!

23 posted on 08/16/2002 9:42:31 PM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: gcruse
I don't see what would prevent blue country from going for Hillary plus, whereas Gore couldn't carry Tennessee, you can count on Hillary carrying New York. It is a frightening thought.

Gore carried NY by a much higher percentage than Hillary did in 2000. So there's no gain by having Hillary at the top of the ticket. In fact, having Hillary run, might actually make NY competitive for the GOP. Bush barely lost a number of states - do you really think that Hillary would do better than Gore in New Mexico or Wisconsin or Washington or Oregon?

24 posted on 08/16/2002 9:43:16 PM PDT by LenS
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To: Travis McGee
What a nightmare scenario.

Arghhh! It's like checking into the Bates Motel for an extended stay. So, if The Great Witch becomes prez, I am looking for a new country.

25 posted on 08/16/2002 9:43:29 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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To: Guillermo
Probably true....I thought Gore was going to get killed.
26 posted on 08/16/2002 9:44:02 PM PDT by fiftymegaton
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To: HAL9000
My cheeseburger tasted a lot better going down than it did going up.
27 posted on 08/16/2002 9:44:26 PM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: HAL9000
She has already picked out what she will wear to the debates!

28 posted on 08/16/2002 9:47:35 PM PDT by MJY1288
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To: HAL9000
Barbara Olson in Hell to Pay, Regnery, 1998, says Hillary's sealed Wellesley thesis is a paean to Saul Alinsky, radical counselling, "Tell any lie for power."

Joyce Milton in The First Partner: Hillary Rodham Clinton, William Morrow, 1999, writes of Clinton's work with the Children's Defense Fund. A marxist will marry a rapist and tell the proles the state will best raise their children.

Laura Ingraham, The Hillary Trap: Looking for Power in All the Wrong Places, Hyperion, 2000, notes Hillary's "either a dupe who loves her man so much she's willing to sacrifice all dignity for his sake, or a Machiavellian who craves power so much she'll do anything to keep it." [p. 142]

Peggy Noonan, The Case Against Hillary Clinton, HarperCollins, 2000, says, "She is using words not to reveal but to conceal, not to make clear but to confuse." [pp. 166-167]

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., Boy Clinton, Regnery, 1996, indicates Hillary defended Black Panther murderers while at Yale Law--noting her editorship of the Review when its covers featured cartoons of pigs in police uniforms being shot. O'Reilly went to great lengths in an email to refute any charge that Hillary had defended Black Panther murderers, a curious contortion for one ostensibly so incensed by her corruption.

Gennifer Flowers, Passion & Betrayal, Emery Dalton, 1995, recounts:

The time Bill and I had together was too precious to waste talking about his wife, but when I heard some rumors floating around Little Rock, I had to speak up. He was with me at home one evening, and I cautiously told him, "There's something you need to know. I've been hearing tales around town that Hillary is having a thing with another woman." I watched his face to see his reaction, and couldn't believe it when he burst out laughing. I was stunned! I asked him what was so funny. "Honey," he said, "she's probably eaten more [cheese-moose] than I have." [page 41]

Whitewater, published by the Wall Street Journal in 1995, relates Hillary's defrauding of the IRS and the RTC in the Madison Guaranty matter, and how she covered it up by firing the RTC investigators. She and traitorrapist42 set a precedent by firing the FBI Director (the day before Vince died), having fired all 93 U.S. Attorneys. Add the installation of the Crocodile Dyke as Attorney General and voila a coup.

That she called Bill's campaign manager a "f--king Jew b-st-rd" is likely.

Is America ready for a marxist lesbian anti-semite as president?

One who smooched Suha Arafat after her blood libel, took donations from Hamas-front American Muslim Council, proposed a socialist health care system, is cozy with racebaiter Al Sharpton?

So her "husband" in Australia said she wasn't running. Her "husband" in Australia this year made 300K bashing Taiwan at the PRC's annual Taiwan roast.

She's complicit in treason, the Loral-Hughes 1995 200-page fax to the PRC that catapulted China from sixties technology to 100% missile reliability with MIRVed W-88s.

The Butch of Buchenvald--

Just say no.

29 posted on 08/16/2002 9:49:41 PM PDT by PhilDragoo
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To: HAL9000

softening her liberal image

30 posted on 08/16/2002 9:50:36 PM PDT by glock rocks
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To: LenS
you really think that Hillary would do better than Gore
in New Mexico or Wisconsin or Washington or Oregon?

Washington and Oregon?  Yup.  The 2000
election/tossup was balanced on a dime.
I wouldn't want to bet.

31 posted on 08/16/2002 9:50:47 PM PDT by gcruse
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To: MJY1288
OOPS let me try again

She has already picked out what she will wear to the debates!

32 posted on 08/16/2002 9:52:33 PM PDT by MJY1288
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To: Pining_4_TX
That new country will be New China (formally the US of A).
33 posted on 08/16/2002 9:54:04 PM PDT by chnsmok
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To: HAL9000

34 posted on 08/16/2002 9:56:08 PM PDT by follow your bliss
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To: HAL9000
LOL, this is the LEAST surprising "Breaking News" in a long time...

Breaking News: The next Pope will be Catholic! ;^)

35 posted on 08/16/2002 9:56:19 PM PDT by Teacher317
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To: follow your bliss
ROFLMAO !!!! Perfect
36 posted on 08/16/2002 9:57:46 PM PDT by MJY1288
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To: glock rocks
Broadbrimmed black hat by Versace--$2500

All-natural straw broom from HarryPotter--$4100

GreenGlow makeup from Helena Rubinstein--$36

A bucket of water--priceless

37 posted on 08/16/2002 9:58:16 PM PDT by PhilDragoo
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To: MJY1288
You must be accurately when you are speaking to General Hillary Arafat! ByeBye!
38 posted on 08/16/2002 10:00:28 PM PDT by PhilDragoo
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To: HAL9000
I HATE THIS WOMEN ...

Go ahead and run you witch and I will enjoy watching you get humilated BIG TIME!!!
39 posted on 08/16/2002 10:02:46 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: Guillermo
Underestimating Hillary = President Hillary. Guaranteed.

Absolutely damn right. That's how her husband won.

40 posted on 08/16/2002 10:05:04 PM PDT by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000
Absolutely damn right. That's how her husband won.

True .. but we also didn't have the internet around then to find out about his past history ..

Times may have changed since then .. but Hilda hasn't and she is one dangerous WITCH

41 posted on 08/16/2002 10:07:40 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: HAL9000

You anti-choice Right Wing nuts just don't "get it"--do you! The oppressed Womyn of this nation will fight for economic and post-menstrual justice against the hegemony of social-fascists who mean to deprive us of our reproductive and economic freedom of pagan worship of the goddess Cunnilgar of Lesbos! You Christian hate filled men will be humiliated under the jack-boot of Smith grads who will fight for our rights of self-determination and.....


42 posted on 08/16/2002 10:07:46 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: HAL9000
I hope she does run, because she is a known evil and is guaranteed to lose, barring a total war humiliation and Depression.

When the Democrats win the presidency, they do so with a candidate who is new and not deeply familiar to much of the country. Thus they can lie and receive the benefit of the doubt when the lies don't fit with their past records. Usually the country is restless and looking for change, so the scrutiny is less, more of a 'let's give him a shot' attitude. FDR got in because of the Depression, Truman took over after death, then squeaked by to re-election. Kennedy squeaked in as a new wonderchild of promise. LBJ in 1964 doesn't quite fit the scenario, but taking over after Kennedy's murder was a factor, and only a year in office. Carter was an unknown, Clinton was an unkown.

Not so with Hillary, she has a long and controversial high-profile with most Americans. Most already have an opinion of her, and while there will always be the Koolaid-drinking moral relativist Dems who'd vote for Satan herself, its gonna be darn tough for Hillary to capture the swing votes. You can fool the middle forever, much of the middle can see through her lies, and even more will be able to by 2008. If conditions then are such that most are looking for a change, they'll likely toss her in the primaries. Even if this country continues to slide toward the left and losing the culture war, Hillary at best can only hope to be a socialist Goldwater.

I pray that she runs, so their legacy can be cemented in defeat. Jeb, Condi, JC, etc. can beat her. Its the Democrats like Roy Barnes that scare me.
43 posted on 08/16/2002 10:09:22 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Mo1

44 posted on 08/16/2002 10:09:49 PM PDT by gcruse
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To: Mo1
Hi there Mo1, Check this out.... Hillary trying to stop her constituants from booing her Cops Scramble to Head Off Hillary Boo-fest
45 posted on 08/16/2002 10:10:07 PM PDT by MJY1288
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To: gcruse
LOL, You mind if I add this pic to my collection?
46 posted on 08/16/2002 10:11:43 PM PDT by MJY1288
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Oops, make that "You CAN'T fool the middle forever..."
47 posted on 08/16/2002 10:12:14 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: MJY1288
I don't own that puppy.
48 posted on 08/16/2002 10:15:33 PM PDT by gcruse
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To: Diddle E. Squat
I agree with you 100%

bring her on, She has as much of a chance of becoming the POTUS as Cynthia McKinney

49 posted on 08/16/2002 10:15:37 PM PDT by MJY1288
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To: MJY1288
"They're gonna boo her. They're gonna really boo her," he said worried PBA officials told him. "Try to do whatever you can to make sure that doesn't happen," the top cops begged. "Could you do something to make sure they don't boo her?"

That speaks VOLUMES .. they had to beg people not to boo her ..

What I find amazing is this witch doesn't realize just how much people hate her .

I asked my liberal family and friends if they would vote for her and their response was .. HELL NO!!

50 posted on 08/16/2002 10:16:57 PM PDT by Mo1
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