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Assessing Likely Rival, Clinton Says He Still Likes Lamm

July 8, 1996

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Clinton said today that he still likes former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm, even though Lamm is expected to seek the Reform Party’s nomination to run against him.

``I’ve known him for a long time. I like him,″ Clinton said before a meeting with Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski.

Lamm, 60, was a close colleague of Clinton’s when both were Democratic governors. Now, however, Lamm accuses Democrats of using scare tactics to frighten elderly voters about Medicare cuts.

When asked whether he thought Lamm’s candidacy posed a threat to his, Clinton replied, ``No.″

``I like him very much. He’ll have to do whatever he wants to do, and I hope we have a good policy debate,″ Clinton said.

Lamm, who was governor of Colorado from 1975 to 1987, was expected to announce Tuesday that he will run for president on the Reform Party ticket. The party sprang from the 1992 independent presidential bid of Texan Ross Perot.

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