Associated Press
January 29, 2000

Mrs. Clinton Picks Announcement Site

By Marc Humbert

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)-- Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to formally announce her candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Feb. 6 at a State University of New York campus not far from her new home in suburban Westchester County, aides said Saturday.

The Sunday mid-afternoon event will be held at the university's Purchase campus. The first lady will be accompanied by President Clinton, their daughter, Chelsea, and the first lady's mother, Dorothy Rodham.

In addition to the announcement, the Clinton campaign has plans for 500 simultaneous house parties across the state that are expected to attract more than 24,000 supporters, her campaign said. She plans to call to the parties after her announcement.

``I am thrilled to have the support of so many New Yorkers who believe in my candidacy and who know that I will fight for them and the issues they care about,'' Mrs. Clinton said in a statement.

``People are really ready to hit the ground running with Hillary when she announces,'' state Democratic Chairwoman Judith Hope said.

Mrs. Clinton is expected to face New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a Republican, for the Senate seat being vacated at the end of this year by Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Giuliani has not yet said when he plans to enter the race. Both have been campaigning and raising money for months.

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