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Hillary for the White House in 2008?

india Updated: Oct 24, 2006 11:34 IST

Hillary Clinton faces re-election next month as senator from New York, but the race on everyone's mind is the one two years from now.

Will the former First Lady be a candidate for the White House in 2008?

According to opinion polls, the wife of former president Bill Clinton will run away with the November 7 contest for senator from overwhelmingly Democratic New York.

Her Republican opponent, John Spencer, is a former city councilman and mayor of Yonkers and an avid supporter of the war in Iraq.

A recent Quinnipiac University poll had Clinton leading Spencer by 65 per cent to 30 per cent.

"It's not even really a campaign," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute of the Clinton-Spencer race.

Spencer is such an underdog that he has even complained about a lack of support from his own Republican Party.

With re-election a virtual certainty, the focus has been on whether Clinton, who turns 59 on Thursday, will seek to become the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party two years from now.

Asked repeatedly whether she will make a bid for the White House, Clinton has remained non-commital.

"I've been asked that question a few times, and as I've said many times before I am focused on this election, on my work in the Senate," she said during a recent debate.

"Obviously people are talking about whether or not I will or should run for president, and I'm flattered by that, but I have made no decisions," she said.