New York Times
January 12, 2000

Mrs. Clinton Calls Giuliani Temperamentally Unsuited for Senate


ROCHESTER, NY-- Repeating a theme that her campaign is likely to use more frequently, Hillary Rodham Clinton used a trip to upstate New York today to criticize Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, her likely Senate opponent, as temperamentally unsuited to represent New York in the Senate.

Speaking to reporters after greeting shoppers at a supermarket here, Mrs. Clinton sought to portray Mr. Giuliani as an official who is perpetually battling those with whom he has disagreements, and who would not fit well into the demeanor of the Senate.

"You may have an ally one day who is not for you the next day," Mrs. Clinton said of the Senate. "But you have to be willing to keep working with everybody. You can't walk into the Senate and have a disagreement with somebody and say that you're going to fire them or sue them."

Her comments were similar in tone to remarks she made about a month ago in which she chided Mr. Giuliani for what she called his tendency to be consumed by anger.

"It certainly is clear that there have been so many controversies and difficulties," Mrs. Clinton said, referring to Mayor Giuliani's tenure in City Hall. "The most recent is what has been going on in the schools once again. Two schools chancellors couldn't get along with him and are now gone.

"And, you know, at the end of the day, that's a lot of wasted energy. People ought to be working together to solve problems, particularly when it comes to our children."

Mrs. Clinton had a full day of campaigning, beginning at the supermarket in the center of the city, flanked by Mayor William A. Johnson Jr.

and Sandra Frankel, the town supervisor of the suburb of Brighton. Mrs. Clinton was the house guest last night of Ms. Frankel, who ran last year for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

At the market, she spoke with shoppers about their families and economic issues in the area. She also bought some low-fat cheese.

In the afternoon, Mrs. Clinton traveled to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in Geneva, a picturesque town in the Finger Lakes region. There she spoke at a gathering of more than 2,000 students and residents on service and volunteerism. In tone, it was less of a campaign event then a discussion on service, similar to the so-called listening tours that were a mainstay of the first lady's early foray into New York politics.

Although she has not made her candidacy official, the first lady said that she expected to make an announcement early next month, adding that she had to find a date on which it would be convenient for President Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea, to attend the event.

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