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Clinton Denies Job Rumors

January 14, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ President Clinton denied rumors Thursday that a big-money job already awaits him on Wall Street or elsewhere when he leaves office.

``It’s a total fabrication,″ the president said. ``I must say that it was an immense surprise to my wife and daughter that anybody would ever offer me that kind of money to do anything.″

Clinton, in an interview with CNBC, was asked about reports he will take a multi-million dollar job at Lazard Freres, a well-known investment firm. There’s also been speculation he will take a big-bucks job in the entertainment industry or run for Congress from Arkansas.

He said it was not appropriate now to discuss his future. ``What I want to do is to work until the last hour of the last day I’m president, to get as much done for the country as I can, to leave America in the best shape I can, and ... for the rest of my life, try to be a good and useful citizen. And I’ll have plenty of time to figure out what I should do to make a living at a later time.

``But it was a flattering rumor,″ the president said. ``Many of the other rumors have been flattering. But they’re all, as far as I know, completely unfounded.″

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