Hillary Clinton whips up Street support
Senator looks to shore up capitalist credentials as 2008 presidential race looms.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Prepping for a possible bid for the presidency, Hillary Clinton is following in the footsteps of her husband and getting an early jump on wooing Wall Street executives, according to a report Monday.
In an attempt to raise money and assure them of her capitalist colors, Clinton recently made an appearance at Morgan Stanley alongside the investment bank's chief executive John Mack, a big Republican donor, as well as a visit to discuss policy at Lehman Brothers, the Financial Times reported.
She is also planning meetings with Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse, the article said.
The paper said the gettogethers are an attempt to convince Wall Street that Clinton, often portrayed by her opponents as a tax-and-spend protectionist, is middle of the road and business-friendly.
"She want to reassure them that's she's really OK," Maurice Carroll, a political analyst, told the Times.
The article noted that Clinton is not facing a difficult re-election to the Senate in 2006 and that early meetings with Wall Street helped Bill Clinton win the presidency in 1992.
So far, Clinton has raised $4.7 million from the financial, real estate and insurance sectors this year, the article said, citing figures from the Center for Responsive Politics.
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