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Pop Song Becomes Campaign Fodder

February 8, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ A song by pop star Billy Joel has become campaign fodder in the Senate race between Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Joel’s 1973 song ``Captain Jack″ about drug use was among the songs on a tape of ``Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits″ played Sunday for the audience at the State University of New York at Purchase prior to Clinton’s official announcement that she was running.

``This was a very, very orchestrated and scripted event,″ Giuliani said Monday. ``The message that got out by mistake was, ’Let’s say yes to drugs.‴

Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson said campaign officials had nothing to do with the choice of the song and that neither the first lady nor President Clinton was in the hall when it was playing.

``The sound guy stuck the tape in,″ said Wolfson. ``It wasn’t our tape. We didn’t hear it. We weren’t aware of it.″

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