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Is Hillary Clinton's quest for the White House over?

    WASHINGTON -- With Democratic presidential nominee  Barack Obama leading between 6 and 10 percentage points in some national polls, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton told interviewers today that her chances of ever running again for the top job are "probably close to zero."

    The New York Democrat told Fox News that she doubted she would run for Senate majority leader, and said she isn't likely to ascend to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    "I'm not seeking any other position than to be the best senator from New York that I can be," she said.

    "I ran for president because I  thought we had to make drastic changes, given what I viewed as the damage that the Bush administration had done here and abroad," she said. 'Now I'm going to work very hard with President Obama  to repair that damage. There's going to be a lot to do in the Senate. And he's going to need senators who are ready to legislate and fix a lot of our problems."

    Clinton, who has made 50 campaign appearances in behalf of Obama since giving up her own campaign, also appeared today on CNN's "American Morning" with John Roberts. Clinton told Roberts she believes that the Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, believes that he and the GOP vice presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, may have gone too negative on Obama.

    "I think that even John McCain realized that there were things being said that he did not want or approve of and made a comment to that effect, and I appreciated him doing that," she said. "This (Democratic presidential) campaign needs to stay focused on what the American people are focused on and not stray off into negativity and distraction and diversionary tactics because, after all, the next president will inherit I think some of the biggest problems any American president has walked into."

    "Let's stay focused on what we elect a person for. We hire a president to make the very best decisions, to have a good team around, to really push our country forward toward goals that are going to make us stronger and richer and safer and smarter in the future. I'm hoping that's what this election in the next three weeks will be about."

    Clinton said it is "exciting" to a have a woman on the Republican ticket, as did the Democrats in 1984. But she said she would prefer to have woman "that I agreed with." But merely having a woman as vice presidential nominee, Clinton said, "is not enough reason, and really no one will shatter that ceiling until we have a woman serving as president or vice president. But I am going to be supporting women and men with whom I agree -- who I believe have the right policies and the right ideas about what's best for America."

--Douglas Turner

 

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