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Gov. Questions Mrs. Clinton’s Run

March 14, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee predicted Monday that Hillary Rodham Clinton will have a hard time winning her campaign for a Senate seat from New York.

``It’s hard for me to believe that New York would elect someone to be senator who’s never lived there, been educated there, worked there,″ Huckabee told reporters during a question-and-answer session. ``Someone who moves to Arkansas and said ‘I’ve never lived here, never been educated here, never had a job here and I want to be your next senator.’ They’d be hooted to the next border.″

Asked whether Clinton, a former Arkansas first lady, could win a Senate seat from his state, Huckabee said she could not. ``Her views are far left of center,″ he said.

``National Republicans are attacking Hillary Clinton because they know that (New York City Mayor) Rudy Giuliani will be a reliable vote for their right-wing agenda in the Senate,″ said Mrs. Clinton’s campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson.

Some Republicans _ including the Republican Giuliani, who is Clinton’s likely opponent and has campaigned with Huckabee _ have labeled her a ``carpetbagger″ for running for a Senate seat from a place where she had never lived. She recently bought a house in a New York City suburb.

Huckabee also took a swipe at President Clinton, saying the former Arkansas governor will ``go down in history as the most polarizing president of all time.″

``He just has a way of drawing a line in the sand and saying Democrats on this side, Republicans on that side and let’s have a stalemate,″ Huckabee said.

White House officials were not immediately available for comment.

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