- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 13, 2000

NEW YORK A nervous Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying that she lost a bet with Tipper Gore, appeared last night on the David Letterman show after weeks of cajoling by the late-night host.
The first lady made her first visit to the "Late Show" after the host made a running gag of her plan to run for Senate in New York. Mr. Letterman has called Mrs. Clinton a carpetbagger from Arkansas seeking political opportunity in New York.
Mr. Letterman at first set aside his trademark sarcasm and lobbed her a softball, asking her to "tell us a little bit about yourself."
Mrs. Clinton smiled and told Mr. Letterman she grew up in the Midwest as he did has a mother named Dorothy as he does and just couldn't resist the temptation to follow him to New York.
Mrs. Clinton's likely Senate opponent, Republican New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, has been on the show nearly 20 times, chatting with Mr. Letterman about the New York Yankees, Mrs. Clinton and life in New York. He's even gotten some laughs in a few comedy skits.
Mrs. Clinton admitted to being "just a little" nervous, but told Mr. Letterman: "I knew if I was going to run for Senate, I was going to have to come and sit in this chair and talk to the big guy."
She aced Mr. Letterman's New York quiz, correctly identifying the state bird (bluebird) and the state tree (sugar maple).
Her top 10 reasons for appearing on the show included: "I lost a bet with Tipper" and "If Dan Quayle did it, how hard could it be?"
The show aired at 11:30 last night.
Meanwhile, President Clinton, along with Mrs. Clinton's mother, hopped on an Air Force jet last night and flew to New York to join his wife at their new home in Chappaqua for a two-night stay.
It was the president's second visit in a week.
Today, he is scheduled to attend a Wall Street conference convened by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and decided to take advantage of the house's proximity to New York City. Mr. Clinton planned to stay overnight and return to the White House tomorrow.

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