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Mrs. Clinton Not Seeking Presidency

April 6, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has long been speculated as a possible presidential candidate, told The New York Post that she has ruled out running for the White House not just in 2004, but in 2008 and beyond.

The statement came when the former first lady was pressed to clarify a statement she had made earlier about the presidency ``not something I’m going to be doing.″

Clinton was asked by the Post: ``So, Sen. Clinton, are you ruling out a run for president not just in 2004, but in 2008 and beyond?″

``Yes,″ replied Clinton, according to the Post account.

A top Clinton aide, who was nearby and listened to the entire exchange, later told the Post that he is unsure whether Clinton had ever made such an ironclad refusal.

Campaigning last year, Clinton repeatedly said she intended to serve her six-year Senate term if elected and would not speculate beyond that. But she is frequently asked whether she will run in 2004, and at least one recent poll in Iowa _ where caucuses launch the presidential nominating season _ has showed her running second behind Al Gore among Democrats.

Clinton made her initial remark about the presidency after she delivered a 20-minute speech and took questions from members of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, which is holding its annual conference.

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