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FLEISCHER SAYS CLINTON WON'T GET PRESIDENCY

A former aide to President Bush says the 2008 Democratic nomination for president is Hillary Rodham Clinton's if she wants it.

But former Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer said Clinton, now a Democratic senator representing New York, has no chance of becoming president.

Fleischer, speaking Friday at an Oneida County luncheon attended by supporters of Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, R-New Hartford, said there's not a Democrat in the country who can beat Clinton in the party's presidential primary.

While there's no clear successor to Bush, Fleischer predicted that another Republican will ultimately win the White House again in 2008. He said Democrats have become the party of "Fahrenheit 9/1 1" filmmaker Michael Moore and the liberal wing, which he says is out of touch with a nation that is becoming increasingly conservative.

The former first lady and her top aides say her focus is on winning a second Senate term in 2006 and have stopped talking publicly about the next presidential election.

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