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Hillary Clinton’s forthcoming memoir ”Living History” is seen by some as a move to set the stage for a presidential run, but a new poll reveals most New Yorkers don’t want the Democrat senator to make a bid for the White House – ever.
The survey by Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., finds 58 percent of registered New York state voters don’t want Hillary to run for the nation’s highest office – not in 2004 nor anytime in the future.
New York to Hillary: Drop dead?
Hillary’s spokeswoman Karen Dunn told Reuters she wouldn’t comment on the poll, only reiterating the senator intends to finish out her six-year term, ruling out a 2004 White House push. The poll suggests nearly two-thirds of New Yorkers take Hillary at her word on that pledge.
As WorldNetDaily reported in December, a previous Marist poll found that over two-thirds of New Hampshire voters inclined toward Democratic presidential candidates in 2004 rejected Hillary as a choice. Sixty-eight percent said she should not run in 2004, while 28 percent said she should.
Nine other Democrats are already competing for the party’s nomination to challenge President Bush next year, and expectations are high Hillary will consider a 2008 bid if she doesn’t run for the nation’s highest office in 2004.
But support for a Hillary run in 2008 was only 35 percent among the 512 registered voters contacted on May 12 for the poll, which has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.5 percent.
Some 56 percent of the Democrats questioned supported a Clinton White House run, while Republicans and Independents were deeply opposed to the concept of her seeking the Oval Office.
The poll also indicates Hillary would be clobbered by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani if she decides to run for re-election to the Senate in 2006. Giuliani had 56 percent support compared to Clinton’s 39 percent.
In 1999, readers of the New York Post voted Mrs. Clinton the sixth “most evil person person of the millennium,” surprising some observers, since her name did not even appear on the original survey, and she was selected as a write-in candidate.
Hillary may be banking on her $8 million book deal to boost her profile, and leaks about her husband’s belated admission of infidelity and subsequent nights spent sleeping in separate bedrooms made headlines around the world this week.
Publisher Simon & Schuster plans to print one million copies of the book for the first printing. Based on advance orders, ”Living History” now ranks No. 2 on Amazon.com’s best-seller list, second only to the upcoming ”Harry Potter” book, according to Reuters.
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