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   Sen. Clinton Denies Backing Clark

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9/25/2003 12:00 am

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Washington Post

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Entered 9/25/2003, Updated 9/25/2003

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Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) yesterday dismissed reports that she and her husband are the agents behind retired Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark's presidential candidacy, reiterated that she will not run in 2004 and pledged to work for the eventual Democratic nominee, saying the reelection of President Bush would be "an overwhelming setback for this country." The former first lady denied speculation, much of it in Republican circles, that she and former President Bill Clinton had encouraged Clark to join the race in part to act as a stalking-horse for a 2004 candidacy of her own. Referring to an account by New York Times columnist William Safire that had sketched out such a scenario, she said, "That's an absurd feat of imagination." ....Yesterday, the New York senator declined even to characterize Clark's attributes as a candidate, but described the field as "very strong and impressive," and said she and her husband have no favorite. "We are not supporting or endorsing any candidate," she said."


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