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Gephardt Won’t Run for President

February 2, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, one of Vice President Al Gore’s most formidable political rivals, will announce Wednesday that he is not seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, The Associated Press learned today.

Gephardt will tell House lawmakers in a private meeting that he has decided to concentrate instead on helping the party gain control of the House in 2000, several allies to the Missouri lawmaker said. As the House’s top Democrat, Gephardt almost certainly would become speaker if Republicans lose the House in 2000.

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