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How's this for scary?
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Democrats are so uninspired by their mayoral candidates they would overwhelmingly vote for former President Clinton (news - web sites) if he decided to run, according to a poll published on Sunday.
The Daily News/CBS Channel 2 poll was the second in two weeks showing about half of New Yorkers would like to see Clinton run for mayor in November, even though the Arkansas native has indicated he does not want the job of running one of the world's biggest cities.
Clinton, who returned to private life amid outrage over last-minute pardons and the embarrassing return of gifts meant for the White House, would win 40 percent of the vote if a Democratic primary for New York City mayor were held today, the poll found.
It showed he would easily defeat Public Advocate Mark Green, who drew 15 percent, Bronx borough President Fernando Ferrer at 10 percent and three other candidates at 7 percent each -- City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, City Comptroller Alan Hevesi and activist Al Sharpton.
In a general election to succeed crime-fighting Republican Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (news - web sites), the survey showed Clinton would defeat potential Republican candidate Michael Bloomberg by 66 percent to 20 percent. Bloomberg stepped down last week as head of the Bloomberg media company he founded and was expected to run.
The Daily News said the random telephone poll of 503 registered voters in New York City -- where Democrats outnumber Republicans five to one -- was taken Wednesday and Thursday. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
A Clinton candidacy for mayor however, was not being taken seriously by other politicians and observers. Clinton's spokeswoman said last week that he was not running for mayor and Congressman Charles Rangel, a Democrat from Manhattan, said the idea ``was nothing but a big joke.''
Clinton, who owns a house in the suburbs north of the city with his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (news - web sites), decided last month to open offices in Harlem.
A poll published Feb. 28 by Hamden, Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University showed that 47 percent of city voters would like to see the Democratic former Arkansas governor and two-term president run for City Hall, but 49 percent were opposed to the idea. Four percent were undecided. The Daily News/CBS Channel 2 poll showed 54 percent would like to see Clinton run for mayor.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 11, 2001
This just shows to go you there is no life after being POTUS.
About the only president who took another political job after the White House was Taft, who got to move to the Supreme Court (was it Chief justice? I can't recall) - which you have to admit is a pretty plum job, if you can get it.
-- Miserable SOB (email@example.com), March 12, 2001.