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The White Plains Journal-News: "Having spent her first two years in the Senate trying not to upstage her colleagues, Hillary Rodham Clinton is moving methodically toward leading her party on the national stage."

A Newsday profile: "Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is taking a far more visible role in the Republican-controlled Senate, signaling that she intends to emerge as an outspoken advocate on issues from the environment to national security."

Robert Novak on CNN's Inside Politics: "There is no question that Hillary Rodham Clinton is a rising star in the Senate. And Republicans are scared to death she's going to be the vice presidential nominee in '04. So, one veteran operative has got a memo out cautioning Republican senators to stay away from her. Don't co-sign letters with her. Don't co-sponsor legislation with her. Don't be photographed with her. Don't go on junkets with her. And, above all, don't socialize with her. Stay away from Hillary."

The New York Post: "To a lot of observers, Sen. Hillary Clinton's surprise decision to enlist in the Senate Armed Services Committee is proof-positive she lusts to be commander-in-chief."

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Good news for Clinton in NBC poll (MSNBC: 1/23/03)

New York senator leads 2004 Democratic contenders by huge margin


By Tom Curry
MSNBC

Jan. 24 "” The allure of the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination just grew brighter, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that shows President Bush's popularity slipping. But for Democrats, the most alluring candidate for 2004 is a politician who is not even formally in the running, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York. The new poll shows Clinton crushing the declared Democratic presidential contenders.

To show she really cares "” and to spark a news media firestorm "” all Clinton needs is $236, the price of a round-trip ticket from Washington, D.C, to Des Moines, Iowa.

THE POLL, based on phone interviews with 1,025 people on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of this week, seems to suggest that the 2004 Democratic nomination is more valuable than it was two months ago.

A growing percentage of those polled feel that the country is on the wrong track, a view that makes Bush appear increasingly beatable.

A year ago, only one in five of those polled by Peter Hart and Bob Teeter for NBC News and The Wall Street Journal thought that America was headed in the wrong direction. The new poll indicates that 47 percent of respondents think the country is on the wrong track.

In a poll in September, 30 percent of the respondents said they didn't approve of the job Bush was doing as president. Now, 40 percent of the respondents disapprove.

NAME RECOGNITION

But at this point, none of the Democrats seeking their party's nomination has much support for a run against Bush.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that 39 percent of Democrats want Hillary Clinton to be their party's nominee in 2004.

She is far ahead of her nearest potential rival, Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who draws 13 percent among self-identified Democrats.

Fourteen percent of those polled said they were "not sure" who they supported and 10 percent chose Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri.

To some degree Clinton's popularity among Democrats reflects her universal name recognition.

Many Democrats don't yet know who North Carolina Sen. John Edwards is, although he has been campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire for months. But virtually every American, whether a political junkie or not, knows who Clinton is.



Democratic leaders' fund-raising

Amounts collected in 2001-2002 by each Democrat's 'leadership political action committee'
Hillary Clinton: $3,248,796
John Edwards: $3,001,905
Joe Lieberman: $2,895,703
Dick Gephardt: $1,466,544
John Kerry: $940,364
Howard Dean: $195,714




Source: Center for Responsive Politics



Asked about the poll results, one Lieberman associate expressed exasperation that reporters and pollsters were still paying any attention to Clinton, despite her statements that she is not seeking the 2004 nomination.

"She's not going to run, and she has said she is not. I don't know why people don't take her at her word," said the Lieberman associate, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

PRODIGIOUS FUND RAISING


Another reflection of Clinton's strength within the party is her prodigious fund raising.

Her political action committee, HILLPAC, which pays for some of her travel and hands out money to other Democratic candidates for state and federal office, is a powerhouse that collected $3.2 million in contributions in the 2001-2002 campaign cycle.

Clinton "” unlike the other Democratic contenders or potential contenders "” has the freedom to wait and see how events develop over the next several months.


She has such formidable fund-raising skills and charisma that she could defer a decision and let Gephardt, Kerry and the others bleed each other to death financially in a battle of attrition.

One potential problem for Clinton if she were to enter the fray: She, just like Gephardt, Lieberman, Edwards and Kerry, voted last October to give Bush the authority to use military force against Iraq. If anti-war sentiment is especially strong among Democrats in the first two contests, Iowa and New Hampshire, some may find her vote on Iraq hard to accept.

The one potential Democratic contender who voted "no" on the Iraq resolution is Florida Sen. Bob Graham.

Meanwhile, on the campaign trail, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean has been offering himself as the only genuine anti-war candidate.

The first real test of the candidates' strengths will come next January in Iowa, where Democrats will take part in the party's presidential caucuses. In a crowded multicandidate field, Iowa Democrats will play an essential role in winnowing out the weaker contenders.

THE GRASS-ROOTS VIEW

One grass-roots Iowa Democratic activist, Tim Lapointe, told MSNBC.com Wednesday that he, like Clinton, is biding his time before deciding on the 2004 race.

"I honestly am not sure who I would support if the Iowa Caucuses were held today," said Lapointe, a Mason City attorney and the chairman of the Cerro Gordo County Democrats. "I was and I am a strong Al Gore supporter, and now I'm not sure who to support."

Lapointe said he has met Edwards, Gephardt, Kerry and Dean.

Dean went to Mason City last year to stump for state Sen. Amanda Ragan, while Gephardt showed up in town to help boost Sen. Tom Harkin's re-election bid.

Lapointe sat with Edwards at his table at the Iowa Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner last fall.

WHAT HE LIKES

"I like the fact that Edwards is a trial lawyer like me, and comes from humble beginnings," said Lapointe. "I like that Gov. Dean was a county chairman, like me, and is smart enough to use that to his advantage in small counties in Iowa. I like the fact that Gephardt is a Midwesterner with strong labor ties. And I like John Kerry and his choice for an Iowa campaign manager, John Norris."

Lapointe said he had not yet met Clinton, Lieberman, Florida Sen. Bob Graham, or Al Sharpton.

"I would like to meet Sen. Clinton and the others, but I have no leaning or strong feeling for any of them," he said. "This may change as they begin to make personal visits to Iowa, however."

And Iowa Democrats certainly do expect personal visits, a quiet chat or a one-on-one dinner with contenders.

To show she really cares "” and to spark a news media firestorm "” all Clinton needs is $236, the price of a round-trip ticket from Washington, D.C., to Des Moines.



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Meet the Press anchor Tim Russert on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY): "Last week, she secured a position on the Senate Armed Services Committee, a very important strategic move. ... Democrats are unable, unwilling to tackle national security issues, afraid of being labeled as something less than strong or forceful. For the next six years, you'll see Hillary Clinton with the secretary of defense, cross-examining generals visiting military bases here and around the world. And when people suggest that she doesn't have the credentials to run for president of the United States, she will counter, 'I've been on the Armed Services Committee for six years.' It was a very small maneuver. Wasn't paid much attention to. But it was very significant for Hillary watchers. There are a lot of people who want to be president. There are an awful lot of people who don't want to be president. She's positioning herself to run in 2008."



Now is the time to make real the promises of Democracy.
"Continuing her efforts to play an increased role in the shaping of the Democratic Party's message, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) has become deeply involved in assembling and raising money for a new outside organization designed to provide a voice to the party's progressive wing," Roll Call reports. "Clinton's role remains largely undefined, but as an icon to the more liberal wing of the Democratic Party, she is likely to play a significant part in its operations."



Now is the time to make real the promises of Democracy.
Hi MBM, I like this particular forum and the way you have it set up. The Hilary information on this board is very detailed, and is the proof that she is a very intelligent, clever woman who would make a great first woman President. Because of white racism Maxine Waters, who would be my first pick, doesn't stand a chance, but it would be nice if she could be the first African/American female vice-president on the ticket with Hillary.

The fact is, we as Americans must co-exist with all the diverse peoples, and as so, we should always vote to have the one who would attempt to bring about justice and advancement for African/Americans. I believe Hillary will do just that.
Forget about a Democrat in the White House for 2004. That would KILL Hilary's chances in 2008. And they're not about to let that happen.

You know what's hysterical? Who's keepin' down Maxine Waters and Al Sharpton? The Republicans? Hahahaha no. It's WHITE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS! This is "your" party, folks! YOUR OWN PARTY IS DOING YOU IN!!!! Eek

"You liberals with your conspiracy theories are starting to sound like your own version of the John Birch Society"-Rush Limbaugh
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Originally posted by EbonyRose:
And the REPUBLICAN PARTY doesn't??

Hmmm ... let me ask TRENT LOTT what he thinks about that!! Confused Confused

At least the Democrats don't do _EACH OTHER_ in!!! Sounds kinda cannabalistic to me, don'tcha think? Eek Eek


What Trent Lott said could be interpreted differently by different people. The most charitable explanation is he was trying to make an old man feel good about himself. But let's forget the arguably ambiguous words and focus on his actions, shall we?

Trent Lott NEVER said that black people are bad people. I've NEVER heard tell of him doing ANYTHING bad to, say, J.C. Watts, for instance. (Yeah I know Lott is in the Senate and Watts was in the House, but they are in the same party). Or Clarence Thomas. If Republicans were the racist f***s whoever you listen to makes them out to be, NONE of them would have supported the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. After all, racism is an illogical construct inside the racist person's mind that prevents the person from doing ANYTHING to help anybody they think they are supposed to 'hate' or look down upon.

Speaking of doing each other in, didn't you realize that the Democrats tried to get Carol Mosley-Braun to run, just cuz they didn't want Al Sharpton! And they did in the guy that ran for Governor in New York last time around. Terry McAuliffe really gave that guy the runaround.

"You liberals with your conspiracy theories are starting to sound like your own version of the John Birch Society"-Rush Limbaugh
Shebakoby ... please try to pay attention, okay?

My question about Trent Lott had to do with the way the Repubs turned on him after his statement! Not with anything he's done (or hasn't done) regarding Black people! (And J.C. Watts and Clarence Thomas are not the best examples to use when referencing Black folks! Eek)

In fact, I haven't even called him a racist ... that would be your description!! But, the Republican Party treated Trent Lott as if he had leprosy. You want to make a comment about "turning on one's own" and I merely suggested that the pot shouldn't call the kettle black!! Eek

And as far as the nomination of Uncle Tom goes, the only thing better than discriminating against Black folks for Republicans is having one of them kiss their @%$&!! Those that do are more than welcome to carry an "Honorary White Card"! Although it carries virtually no value!

By the way, do you have one?? Confused Eek Confused
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Originally posted by EbonyRose:
Shebakoby ... please try to pay attention, okay?

My question about Trent Lott had to do with the way the Repubs turned on him after his statement! Not with anything he's done (or hasn't done) regarding Black people! (And J.C. Watts and Clarence Thomas are _not_ the best examples to use when referencing Black folks! Eek)

In fact, I haven't even called him a racist ... that would be your description!! But, the Republican Party treated Trent Lott as if he had leprosy. You want to make a comment about "turning on one's own" and I merely suggested that the pot shouldn't call the kettle black!! Eek

And as far as the nomination of Uncle Tom goes, the only thing better than discriminating against Black folks for Republicans is having one of them kiss their @%$&!! Those that do are more than welcome to carry an "Honorary White Card"! Although it carries virtually no value!

By the way, do you have one?? Confused Eek Confused


There are other people that called Trent Lott a racist. That's what I was referring to. The politically correct climate and the fact of ambiguity of the statement made people worry, which is totally understandable.

That's a far cry from the Democratic Party marginalizing its own constituency when it suits their purposes. The Democrats wanted Andrew Cuomo, not that other guy. They want Hillary in 2008, not whoever in 2004, certainly not Al Sharpton. Heh Al Sharpton has more personality and charisma in his little finger than any of those other guys. If the Democratic Party was truly the party of the minorities, they should do everything in their power to make sure Al Sharpton gets elected!

What in God's Name is WRONNNNNNG with J.C. Watts and Clarence Thomas? They got to where they are based on hard work, is that not a good thing? Is that not proof that people can succeed DESPITE hardships? Oh wait, that whole idea is anathema to liberalism-as-we-know-it. Roll Eyes Liberalism of today is based primarily on emotional reaction, without regard to how screwwwed up the policies make this country. That is why I do not agree with it. You need to listen to some Professor Walter E. Williams. (@ George Mason U.)

No I do not have an "honorary white card."

"You liberals with your conspiracy theories are starting to sound like your own version of the John Birch Society"-Rush Limbaugh
Shebakoby doesn't need an honorary white card, shebakoby is from PW and an admitted disruptor. Shebakoby IS white. I swear some people think that the only freedom of speech that matters is their speech!

Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society
Malcolm X, 1965

[This message was edited by Yssys on July 05, 2003 at 07:44 AM.]
[QUOTE]Originally posted by shebakoby:
What in God's Name is WRONNNNNNG with J.C. Watts and Clarence Thomas? They got to where they are based on hard work, is that not a good thing? Is that not proof that people can succeed DESPITE hardships?.... You need to listen to some Professor Walter E. Williams. (@ George Mason U.)[/QUOTE}

Clarence Thomas is probably the most unqualified person in the past several centuries to hold a seat on the Supreme Court. He is the best example of "bad Affirmative Action". As for J.C. Watts, he was a better football player than member of Congress. He was novel because he was a black conservative.

Finally, black "scholars" such as Thomas Sowell, Glen Loury, Walter Williams, or J. A. Parker of the Lincoln Institute for Research and Education in Washington, DC do not have particularly outstanding reputations within the academy despite their high profile among Conservative ideologues.

God has told you, O man and woman, what is good; and what does the SOVEREIGN ONE require of you but to do justice, and to be compassionate, and to walk humbly with your God?
quote:
Originally posted by Yssys:
Shebakoby doesn't need an honorary white card, shebakoby is from PW and an admitted disruptor. Shebakoby IS white. I swear some people think that the only freedom of speech that matters is their speech!

Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society
Malcolm X, 1965

[This message was edited by Yssys on July 05, 2003 at 07:44 AM.]




Hahaha making assumptions are we? How do you know what I am? There is N. African Moorish blood flowing thru my veins, I can tell you that. My Uncle is pretty dark and so were my grandma and great-uncle.

I'm not disrupting, I'm having fun while engaged in asking questions I think need being answered.

Not everybody on PW is white. Kfir is Jewish and pretty dark-skinned. Now do you understand why I'd ask why it seems to be "wrong" for minorities to be right wing in you guys' eyes?

Even some people who "look" white aren't necessarily all white. My brother's g.f. has a grandfather that is black but you'd never know it to look at her. She's the whitest-white-white that ever was white. Red hair.

Race is irrelevant, not to mention a b.s. concept. Genetics is my favorite field of study.

"You liberals with your conspiracy theories are starting to sound like your own version of the John Birch Society"-Rush Limbaugh

[This message was edited by shebakoby on July 06, 2003 at 01:06 AM.]
Hillary Clinton has not been a shining star in the Senate. Noone here can point to any actual accomplishments. In fact, she's been out of the picture on all major Senate issues. And to think that the Democrat party needs to look to her for salvation in 2008 is also telling. She rose to power SOLELY upon the coat-tails of her husband, not based on any actual achievements or popularity of her own. That indicates a truly sad state for the Democrats in general. Question: Do Democrats 'ever' tire of being manipulated so transparantly by the Clintons? I mean, that book was so phony, aren't the Dems even the slight bit ashamed that Hillary is all they have to look forward to?
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Originally posted by ThePower:
Hillary Clinton has not been a shining star in the Senate. Noone here can point to any actual accomplishments. In fact, she's been out of the picture on all major Senate issues. And to think that the Democrat party needs to look to her for salvation in 2008 is also telling. She rose to power SOLELY upon the coat-tails of her husband, not based on any actual achievements or popularity of her own. That indicates a truly sad state for the Democrats in general. Question: Do Democrats 'ever' tire of being manipulated so transparantly by the Clintons? I mean, that book was so phony, aren't the Dems even the slight bit ashamed that Hillary is all they have to look forward to?

I have to agree with your accessment of Hillary in large part. Unfortunately, as the "s/election" of Dubya shows, the office of the president is less about qualifications and accomplishments and more about name recognition, marketing, and money.

God has told you, O man and woman, what is good; and what does the SOVEREIGN ONE require of you but to do justice, and to be compassionate, and to walk humbly with your God?
shebakoby posted,

What Trent Lott said could be interpreted differently by different people. The most charitable explanation is he was trying to make an old man feel good about himself. But let's forget the arguably ambiguous words and focus on his actions, shall we?

Trent Lott NEVER said that black people are bad people. I've NEVER heard tell of him doing ANYTHING bad to, say, J.C. Watts, for instance. (Yeah I know Lott is in the Senate and Watts was in the House, but they are in the same party). Or Clarence Thomas. If Republicans were the racist f***s whoever you listen to makes them out to be, NONE of them would have supported the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. After all, racism is an illogical construct inside the racist person's mind that prevents the person from doing ANYTHING to help anybody they think they are supposed to 'hate' or look down upon.


* What trent lott said is what he meant....if strom had gotten elected, we wouldn't have had all the problems we had....he meant the civil rights movement, the voting rights act, affirmative action, diversity and anything else that seeks to equalize the systematic disparities this racist azz country created. Hell, some conservatives have come out and said before that diversity and healing was bad news to them. Even Scalia, one of your own made a comment as a law clerk that jim crow was not bad and that the CRA of 1964 was the worse piece of legislation for the country.....add that to your klan bob jones element and the fact that conservatives always win all the confederate states and everyone now sees you all for who you are. The world is really just finding out to the same extent. And as so far as your two prize negroes, racist whites love blacks who speak counter to black self-interest, because now they can hide behind these negroes and not appear racist because they have attached a black face to that racist bullshiit......you people suffer from cognitive dissonance bigtime......


power posted,

Actually the Dubya election was about a 'rejection' of the Clinton era politics of the nineties, and a lack of enthusiasm for Al Gore across the nation. The name recognition is certainly there for Hillary, but in her case its likely a minus rather than a plus.


yeah....racist whites perceived that blacks were sharing the wealth with them and tried to "take their country back" with the racist conservative, exclusionary policy....the republican party pimps poor whites like no other...they take a anti 'black folks issues' stance on everything, giving the poor white the silly azz notion that they will stop blacks from taking "their" jobs and opportunities....once they get into power, they tell the poor white that, "oh, i forgot to tell you, we are for rich whites only"...so yeah, you all are tired of prosperity, budget surpluses, low unemployment.....safe travel abroad.....all aspects of the 90's.......well this guy stole the election and his cronies will steal you blind....but hey, when it all happens....just wave your flags and salute........amazing
Dang Power ... you make proving you wrong not only fun but easy!! Big Grin Big Grin

Here are some of Hillary's accomplishments of the 107th congress. Even more are listed on her website ... but as you'll see, this list from HILLPAC is gonna be pretty long!

(Funny thing, though ... I did the same kind of search for accomplishments using Lott's and Byrd's names ... and didn't come up with any!!!) Eek Eek

Working for New York After 9/11

# Secured, with Senator Schumer and New York's Congressional delegation, $21.4 billion for New York City's clean up and recovery.

# Expedited benefits to the families of fire fighters, police, and other public safety officers who died in the September 11 attacks ; passed legislation creating a 9/11 Heroes Stamp, with proceeds going to families of fallen public safety officers.

# Secured $140 million for New York Hospitals and health care providers that responded to and were hurt by the disaster; and millions more for screening and long-term health care for workers and volunteers at Ground Zero

# Hosted a Senate field hearing on air quality impacts of the WTC attacks, and pushed the EPA to test and clean indoor air in Lower Manhattan

# Worked with FEMA so that $4.5 billion would go toward building a world-class transportation system in Lower Manhattan.; ensured that at least $500 million would be used for small businesses and residents in Lower Manhattan.

# Co-sponsored the "Terrorism Risk Insurance Act" which the President signed into law in November 2002.

# Worked to pass the" National Construction Safety Team Act" to eliminate bureaucratic barriers to inspection in the event of a disaster.


Homeland Security

# Worked to pass the "Bioterrorism Preparedness Act" and established a National Children and Terrorism Task Force

# Introduced the "Homeland Security Block Grant Act of 2002"; brought national attention to the need for direct funding to first responders such as local police and fire departments.

# Supported funding to triple the number of agents along the Northern Border and to improve port security,

# Introduced legislation to improve security at our nation's nuclear power plants, and to improve protection of sensitive radioactive materials.

# Worked to guarantee $100 million for greater security at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center off Long Island.

# Fought for $100 million to improve food security by increasing food inspections


Economic Security and Development

# Negotiated a bipartisan bill passed by the Senate to extend Unemployment Insurance for 2.2 million Americans who lost benefits on December 28, 2002.

# As a member of the Budget Committee, spoke out for the need to return to fiscally responsible policies.

# Launched "New Technologies for New York 2002" legislation to increase broadband access to rural and underserved communities; hosted the first Broadband Conference in Canandaigua in November, 2002.

# Brought delegations from Ireland and India to business development meetings in upstate New York.


Education and Children

# Served on the conference committee for the "Leave No Child Behind" education bill, which included an increase in Title I funds for low-income schools.

# Sponsored an amendment to promote teacher and principal recruitment;, securing grants to help New York communities recruit teachers.

# Won adoption of the "Healthy and High Performance Schools" amendment to study the impact of sick schools on children;

# Worked to double funding for the National Science Foundation over five years and preserve a critical program for improving math and science in K-12.

# Fought for an $11.25 billion increase in childcare funding to help more families receive higher quality care.

# Fought for funding to expand Internet Crimes Against Children task forces in every state


Health Care

# Introduced legislation with Senator Frist (R-TN) to combat global HIV/AIDS, and ensured that provisions were included in the global HIV/AIDS bill.

# Worked with Senators DeWine and Dodd to reinstate the "Pediatric Rule" when the FDA tried to weaken it, so that all drugs are tested and safe for children.

# Worked with Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR) to include provisions for hospitals to retain and attract qualified nurses in the "Nurse Reinvestment Act of 2002."

# Co-sponsored a bill to help ease the financial burden on states as Medicaid costs continue to rise.

# Secured $100 million to increase the number of FDA food safety inspectors

# Introduced legislation with Senator DeWine (R-OH) to protect against future vaccine shortages by providing a stockpile of childhood vaccines;

# Introduced legislation with Senator Jeffords (I-VT) and Senator Snowe (R-ME) that allows small businesses to join together to purchase health insurance

# Worked with Senator Reed (D-RI) to establish a trust fund for teaching hospitals.


National Security and Foreign Policy

# Supported legislation that allows reservists to deduct expenses incurred as a result of their reserve service to help ease the financial burden on their families.

# Cosponsored the "Retired Pay Restoration Act" so retired veterans with a service-connected disability receive both retired pay and disability compensation . .

# Visited the Walter Reed Army Medical Center where men from the 10th Mountain division were recovering from injuries in Afghanistan.

# Visited Israel on a solidarity trip in February 2002 and met with senior Israeli officials to discuss Israel's security.

# Led, with Senator Fitzgerald (R-IL), the effort for Magen David Adom, Israel's humanitarian relief organization , to be recognized by the International Red Cross.

# Was an original cosponsor of the Terrorism Victim's Access to Compensation Act of 2002 which gives victims the right to sue state sponsors of terrorism.

# Cosponsored the Arafat Accountability Act of 2001 ; cosponsored the Syria Accountability Act of 2001, and reauthorization of the Iran Libya Sanctions Act.

# As a member of the Helsinki Commission, spoke out about problem of anti-Semitism in Europe.

# Introduced the Holocaust Victims' Assets, Restitution Policy, and Remembrance Act ; was an original cosponsor of the "Holocaust Victims Fairness Act of 2001;

# Introduced "The International Disability and Victims of Landmines, Civil Strife and Warfare Assistance Act of 2001" which passed the Senate.

# Hosted a hearing in November 2001 in which Afghan women spoke publicly about conditions in their country.

# Cosponsored the Zimbabwe Democracy and Recovery Act of 2001.


Environment

# Supported "Brownfields Revitalization and Environmental Restoration Act"; added amendments targeting assistance to communities that have high rates of asthma, cancer, birth-defects, and other problems;

# Cosponsored "The Clean Power Act of 2001" and "The Acid Rain Control Act" to reduce carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and mercury.

# Introduced legislation to create a national health tracking system for chronic diseases and environmental health hazards.

# Worked with Senator Schumer to pass a one-year ban on drilling in the Finger Lakes; introduced the "Finger Lakes Initiative Act of 2002" to enhance the environmental, economic and cultural benefits of the Finger Lakes.

# Fought for funding to clean up Long Island Sound, and offered an amendment to aid in curbing nutrient pollution from facilities that discharge into the Sound.


Agriculture

Worked with New York's 7,200 Dairy Farmers to secure a national dairy program to provide a safety net during times of low prices

# Fought for farmland preservation funds in Suffolk County, Erie County, Southold, and Macedon in Wayne County.

# Hosted "Farm Day" in September 2002 to showcase New York's agricultural products ; hosted the Finger Lakes Wine Tour in October to promote New York's wine and food industries and link them with New York City's best restaurants.
Hillary For President?
NEW YORK, Sept. 1, 2003


Most voters haven't started paying attention to the Democratic presidential race, says a poll released on Labor Day weekend "” the campaign's traditional starting point.

And one person who may decide to take advantage of the fact that there is no clear leader among the Democrats: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (R-N.Y.). Despite her repeated denials, rumors continue that she is considering a run for the White House in 2004. Craig Crawford, a columnist for Congressional Quarterly and political analyst for The Early Show, is among those who think she'll run.

According to a CBS News poll out Sunday, President Bush's approval rating is down slightly. He may be vulnerable, and the thinking among some of Clinton's supporters is that this might be the perfect time for her to run, given that two-thirds of Americans can't even name any of the candidates right now in the Democratic field. That would indicate, says Crawford, that none of those candidates "are catching on that much."

When all voters were asked whether President Bush will definitely be re-elected, 38 percent said yes, but 50 percent said they think a Democrat can win.

"That is fertile ground for Hillary," notes Crawford. "Her staff and advisers and friends are buzzing about this. They really are. There are a lot of folks in Washington who swear she will not run and, of course, she swears she will not run. But there's so much activity on the part of her staff, campaign Web sites, fund-raising operations, campaign meetings coming up."

Crawford also says there is talk of a trip by Clinton to Iowa in the fall, "which is the critical early test first voting state in the presidential contest, come January."

Reports in the New York newspapers also have former governor Mario Cuomo, a Democratic party leader, urging Clinton to run. But, as Crawford points out, she does not have to make a decision, if she wants to be in the New Hampshire primary, until Nov. 21, which is the filing deadline for that primary.

Crawford says that another reason for "Hillary buzz" is the fact that there is some concern among Democratic leadership that if Howard Dean were to get the presidential nomination, he would not be electable.

"There's a real 'anybody but Dean' movement forming, particularly in Washington," Crawford explains. "There's big concern he's another George McGovern who famously lost everything -- I think all but one state -- in 1972 to Richard Nixon."

Joe Lieberman, Dick Gephardt and Dean topped the field in the poll, with relatively low numbers that suggest the race remains wide open.

Lieberman, Gephardt and Dean were the only three in double digits in support from registered Democrats. Lieberman, a Connecticut senator, had the backing of 14 percent; Gephardt, a Missouri congressman, was backed by 11 percent; and Dean, former governor of Vermont was at 10 percent. Other candidates were in single digits.

John Kerry, a Massachusetts senator, was at 5 percent after being in double digits in national polls most of the year. Kerry will try to spark his campaign this week with the formal announcement of his candidacy.

Al Sharpton had 5 percent; Bob Graham, a senator from Florida was at 4 percent; John Edwards, a senator from North Carolina, had 2 percent; Carol Moseley Braun was at 2 percent; and Dennis Kucinich, an Ohio congressman, had 0 percent.

Voters may not know much about the candidates because few are paying attention. Just 15 percent of registered voters say they are paying a lot of attention to the 2004 Presidential campaign. More Democratic voters (19 percent) than Republicans (13 percent) are paying a lot of attention. This lack of attention is not unusual; at about the same point in 1999, just 13 percent of voters were paying a lot of attention to Campaign 2000.

Four in 10 Democratic voters said they were satisfied with the current field of nine candidates, while half said they would like more choices.

The poll of 775 registered voters was taken Aug. 26-28 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, larger for subgroups like Democratic voters.


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