Bill Clinton Dismisses Hillary-for-Mayor Buzz

By Jill Colvin on December 13, 2012 3:42pm 

 Former President Bill Clinton said his wife is not a contender in the city's mayoral race.
Former President Bill Clinton said his wife is not a contender in the city's mayoral race.
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HARLEM — Former President Bill Clinton may want his wife to follow in his footsteps to the White House, but he clearly has no interest in Hillary becoming the next New York City mayor.

Clinton brushed off reports Thursday that Mayor Michael Bloomberg had tried unsuccessfully to woo his missus into considering a run for Gracie Mansion after he's forced out of office in 2014.

"She debunked it, and so I join the debunking," Clinton said, when asked by DNAinfo.com New York what he thought of the idea of his wife as mayor.

Clinton's comments came after a press conference at the Clinton Global Initiative headquarters in Harlem, where he announced that the city's teacher pension fund has pledged $1 billion in new infrastructure investments to repair damage from Superstorm Sandy.

Hillary Clinton is widely expected to be eyeing a run for president in 2016, after she departs her current post as secretary of state.

But Bloomberg — apparently discouraged by the current crop of Democratic mayoral contenders — reportedly tried to convince her to change her mind, arguing that she'd be the perfect candidate for the job.

A Quinnipiac poll out Wednesday, however, found tepid support for a Hillary run for mayor, with 51 percent of city voters and 58 percent of those polled across the state agreeing she shouldn't run.

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