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Clinton Raising Funds in Upstate N.Y. to Help First Lady's Senate Campaign

October 23, 2000|From Reuters

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — As he swept through New York state Sunday to raise money for his wife's Senate bid, President Bill Clinton attacked Republican George W. Bush's claim that Vice President Al Gore is for big government.

"If you are for smaller government, then our candidate [Gore] is for you," Clinton told about 1,000 supporters at a rally in Johnson City in upstate New York.

Clinton, whose role in the Gore campaign has been limited because of the baggage he carries from his impeachment drama, is on a two-day tour of New York state.

As Hillary Rodham Clinton's chief fund-raiser, Clinton was expected to raise about $490,000 Sunday for her Senate campaign against Republican Rep. Rick Lazio.

The first lady is in a tight race with Lazio for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan. On Sunday, she was endorsed by the New York Times.

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