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Clinton, Lazio Bring Out Big Guns

August 30, 2000

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Senate candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rep. Rick Lazio rolled out the big guns Wednesday, with the first lady releasing a fund-raising letter from President Clinton and the congressman running a TV ad starring John McCain.

``I have worked as hard as I could to turn our country around,″ the president writes in the appeal. ``Now, the work must be carried on by others. No one is more qualified than Hillary to do it.″

In the new Lazio ad, McCain casts doubt on Clinton’s claim that she is willing to give up unlimited soft-money campaign contributions if her Republican opponent does the same.

``It’s pretty clear there’s only one Senate candidate who really wants campaign finance reform _ Rick Lazio,″ the Arizona senator says.

The president’s letter ``about the Senate candidate I know best″ warns that his wife’s opponents ``will spare no expense and respect no boundaries in their efforts to defeat her.″

The president says he is making the appeal ``not just out of personal interest, but also in the hope of advancing the values and highest ideals of our party and our nation.″

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