Associated Press
April 8, 2000


Clinton Stepping Up Her Campaign


By MARC HUMBERT

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton and her Senate rival, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, are continuing to court voters in upstate New York, a generally more conservative part of the state that is considered a key battleground.

Boosted by a poll showing her ahead of the New York City mayor for the first time in months, Clinton said she plans to keep up her recent stepped-up campaign pace.

''It certainly has been a vigorous schedule. I feel both energized and motivated every day to do as much as I can,'' the first lady said Friday after a forum with high-tech entrepreneurs in suburban Rochester.

This morning in a Binghamton suburb, Clinton waved to about two dozen demonstrators holding signs mocking her and her candidacy as she arrived for a breakfast speech to Democrats.

''This is going to be a tough race ... but I'm increasingly encouraged by the support I'm not only receiving from Democrats throughout the state, but increasingly from Republicans as well,'' Clinton told the 400 Democrats gathered at the restaurant.

She planned to meet later in the day with party leaders in Corning, famous for its glass works. Her rival, Giuliani, was in Binghamton on Friday to speak at a Republican dinner.

In recent days, Clinton has visibly stepped up her campaigning.

On Friday, she greeted voters at Grand Central Station in Manhattan before flying to Rochester for the forum. Afterward, she went to a suburban shopping mall where she spent about an hour shaking hands and talking to prospective voters, such as Chris Thompson of Brockport.

''I liked her sincerity,'' Thompson said. ''She seemed like she was truly concerned.''

But Thompson said she was still uncertain who she would vote for in the Senate election.

A CBS News/New York Times poll released Friday showed Clinton leading Giuliani 49 percent to 41 percent. The telephone survey of 1,573 New Yorkers was conducted April 1-5 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Giuliani's public support has faltered since last month's fatal police shooting of Patrick Dorismond, an unarmed black man. Giuliani released Dorismond's sealed juvenile record and has appeared less than sympathetic about the death.

At his own campaign stop in upstate Binghamton on Friday, Giuliani said he was not going to change his style just because of the polls.

''We are just going to keep moving ahead and get our message out,'' Giuliani said. ''I am not poll driven. I am not political-consultant driven. I'm driven by what I believe in.''

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