September 17, 2003


Bill: Hillary Could Break 2004 Promise (Carl Limbacher, 09/17/2003,

Ex-President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that New Yorkers would forgive his wife if she broke her promise to serve out a full six year term in the U.S. Senate and instead decided to run for president next year.

"I was impressed at the state fair in New York, which is in Republican country in upstate New York, at how many New Yorkers came up and said they would release her from her commitment if she wanted to do it," Mr. Clinton told an audience in Monterey California.

He added, however, that Hillary "just doesn't understand how to walk away from that [promise]. So I just have to take her for where she is right now." Clinton's comments were reported by the New York Sun on Wednesday.

In 1990, Mr. Clinton made a similar promise to Arkansans to serve out his full four-year term as governor, which would have prevented him from running for president in 1992.

At the time, he organized a series of town hall meetings where he explained that he should be released from his pledge because he could do more for the people of Arkansas as president.

Addressing fundraisers and party strategists gathered in Chappaqua ten days ago, Mr. Clinton called his wife and General Wesley Clark the Democratic Party's two brightest stars, then predicted, "We might have another candidate or two jumping into the race."

Either General Clark or Ms Clinton, whichever is in the running come the primaries, will certainly announce that the ex-President has agreed to serve as their Secretary of State.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 17, 2003 6:55 PM

I wonder if Hillary will be able to wheedle any campaign contributions out of her husband?

Also, do you think she gets in this fall, or builds up Clark as the Clinton candidate and then steps in in his stead later?

Posted by: pj at September 17, 2003 7:26 PM

You've gotta think they're a package deal:

President: Hillary

VP: CLark

Sec State: Bill

Posted by: OJ at September 17, 2003 7:36 PM

Gee, a bunch of people in Republican country in upstate New York said they didn't want Hillary to be their senator anymore? I'm terribly shocked...

Posted by: Timothy at September 17, 2003 8:01 PM

Would they allow Chirac on the same platform to endorse them?

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 18, 2003 12:14 AM

I think I'm going to be ill.

Posted by: Sandy P. at September 18, 2003 1:44 AM

I would think that all of this be wonderful news for Republicans.

And talk show hosts.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at September 18, 2003 5:06 AM

Uhh..maybe it was Republicans saying that to the ex-Prez?


Posted by: at September 18, 2003 11:43 AM

Unfortunately, unlike Edwards and Graham, Hillary! won't have to choose to betwen her day job and running for Prez. She won't even have to to a Lieberman or Bentsen and hedge her bets.

If she loses, she'll just take a little vacation before cranking up her reelection campaign, where any promise to not run for president will never be brought up by either her or the chump(s) who run against her.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 18, 2003 12:19 PM