Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Snubbing Segolene - Newslinks Hillary Watch

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If you are trying to locate Hillary Clinton on the political map, this news may help. In Europe Segolene Royal is considered center-left and there are those who fear she may be another Tony Blair, (center-right posing as center-left). But Segolene is too hot for Hillary. Stay tuned. DS
Clinton and Royal - Sharing ambitions not handshakes? - Reuters
Abstract: One is French. One is American. Both may become the first female presidents of their country. But will Segolene Royal and Hillary Rodham Clinton support or snub each other in their battle? Speculation about the power women's relationship rose in France after a newspaper said Royal had postponed a U.S. trip planned for this month because Clinton did not want to see her. Socialist regional leader Royal, 53, a relative political newcomer with little foreign policy experience, has made little secret of the fact she would like to meet Clinton to bolster her international credentials. But after gaffes by Royal on a trip to the Middle East, the Democratic Senator from New York, who is believed to be eyeing a White House bid in 2008, was less than enthusiastic about being seen together with the French candidate, Le Parisien daily said at the weekend, quoting a Clinton adviser. "Hillary, whose candidature is far from assured, is very vigilant and cannot afford the slightest false move," it quoted the adviser as saying. "She does not want to be associated with Royal's recent comments. It wouldn't be good for her image." A spokesman for Royal said her trip, which was announced last month, had been postponed for scheduling reasons, declining to give further details. Philippe Reines, a spokesman for Clinton, said in Washington that: "There was never a meeting planned or scheduled." READ IT ALL

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