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Book a hit, not Hillary

New York, June 6 (Reuters): Some suspect Hillary Clinton’s tell-all memoir is an early move in a potential presidential run, but a new poll yesterday revealed most New Yorkers do not want her to ever bid for the nation’s highest office.

Hillary’s inside look at eight tumultuous White House years, including President Bill Clinton’s affair with intern Monica Lewinsky and his impeachment, will be published on Monday.

Opinions are split on why the New York senator wrote Living History. Some people think she wanted to tell her side of the story, others that she did it for the $8 million book deal cash and some think she’s setting the stage for a presidential run.

But whatever her motivation, 58 per cent of registered New York state voters don’t want her to run for president, not in 2004 or in the future, according to the poll by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Clinton spokesman Karen Dunn declined to comment on the poll except to reiterate that Clinton intends to finish out her six-year senate term, ruling out a 2004 White House push.

Nine Democrats are vying for the Democratic nomination to run against Republican President George W. Bush, who is riding high in the polls after wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The former first lady has ruled out a 2004 run, but expectations are high that she would consider a 2008 bid.

But the poll showed support for such a run was only 35 per cent among the 512 registered voters contacted on May 12 for the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 per cent. Of the Democrats questioned, 56 per cent supported a Hillary White House run, with Republicans and Independents deeply opposed to the proposition of her seeking the Oval Office.

Either way, Hillary’s book will do little harm in boosting her profile. As details of the book leaked out this week, revealing how she felt about her husband’s extramarital affair, Hillary made headlines around the world.

“I Wanted to Wring the President’s Neck,” “Hillary — My Nightmare” and “Love, Need and Betrayal — A Most Peculiar Sort of Marriage,” were among the headlines seen yesterday.

Publisher Simon & Schuster is planning to print 1 million copies of the book. Based on advance orders, Living History now ranks No. 2 on Amazon.com’s best-seller list, second only to the upcoming Harry Potter book.

The book reveals the former president lied to her about his affair with Lewinsky for seven months, finally admitting his dalliance days before he was to testify before a grand jury.

“As a wife, I wanted to wring Bill’s neck,” she wrote.

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