First lady looks to make Senate decision 'sooner'
May 14, 1999
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WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, May 14) -- First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton told CNN's Christiane Amanpour Friday that the American people, and especially those in New York state, will know "sooner rather than later" whether she intends to run for the U.S. Senate.
Mrs. Clinton is considering mounting a bid for the Senate seat left open by retiring Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan. A possible opponent could be New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who has already announced an exploratory campaign committee.
But key aides have always said they don't expect any decision from Mrs. Clinton on the Senate race until sometime this summer, at the earliest.
The interview, which aired on CNN Friday night and is to be repeated at 9:30 a.m. EDT Saturday, was Mrs. Clinton's first television interview in more than a year. Her last one-on-one interview on January 27, 1998, took place shortly after the news of her husband's affair with Monica Lewinsky became public.
When asked by Amanpour if she had forgiven President Bill Clinton for his infidelity, Mrs. Clinton said,"I believe deeply in forgiveness and reconciliation on an individual basis and on a societal one as well. And I think forgiveness is an ongoing effort and challenge and it is something that I think about and engage in nearly everyday." (232K wav file)
Amanpour met with Mrs. Clinton in Skopje, Macedonia, where the first lady visited refugee camps for people who have fled from Yugoslavia.
"They want to tell you about what it felt like when they lost their children -- their hands were pulled away in a crowd of people being pushed by Serb police to get on trains or when they all of a sudden were pushed from their home and husband loses a wife because she was visiting her father," Mrs. Clinton said of her experience in the camps. (876K wav file)
She added: "We are doing the right thing to try to enable these people to have a life and to end this century on a note of commitment to human rights in Europe."