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“I wouldn’t say it’s miraculous, but his staff isn’t telling people doctors are limiting him the way his staff was telling the Kerry people that doctors were limiting him,” says a former Clinton staffer. “He’s raring to go and grab the spotlight.”
Clinton will be appearing on all the morning shows, and most of the network news anchors intend to broadcast from Little Rock for the dedication of the library that cost more than $150 million to build.
According to a former Clinton fundraiser, at least a third of the funds came from donors outside of the United States: Saudi Arabia, China, Taiwan, Singapore and Australia, some of the same donors who funneled money to the Clinton-Gore election campaigns and the Democratic National Committee in the 1990s.
Clinton has had rough patches in fundraising, and has depended on the generosity of foreign donors to keep the library project moving along.
Clinton has told associates that he intends to spend extensive amounts of time at the library, where he hopes that he will be able to create a conflict resolution center along the lines of the one former President Jimmy Carter created at his library in Georgia.
“His staff sees that as a way of making some money for the library foundation, that and lots of tourists,” says the former Clinton staffer. “Though you know the one exhibit that would probably make him the most is the one that will never be held on these grounds. A certain little blue dress would be the biggest draw for the place.”p> DEAN AGONISTES br> Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is being encouraged not to run for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, in part because he simply doesn’t have enough support to make a serious run. /p>
“It would take a miracle for him to do it,” says a DNC staffer. “There are too many respected, middle of the road party loyalists who think he’s just a younger Nader waiting to implode.”