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Lazio under Attack on Breast Cancer; Hillary 'Selfish'

Sunday, 05 November 2000 12:00 AM

In an ad released to reporters late yesterday afternoon by the Clinton campaign, breast-cancer activist Marie Kaplan attacks Lazio for his involvement in the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act.

"Rick Lazio is my congressman, and on breast cancer, you need to know Rick Lazio walked away from us. He tried to gut our funding," Kaplan says in the ad that began airing yesterday in the New York City area.

While Lazio sponsored the bill, Democrats argued that the final version of the legislation didn't have the proper state funding incentives.

But angry Lazio aides pointed to the praise that the Long Island congressman received from breast-cancer activists following his work with the bill.

"It really makes you wonder how far they'll go to win this election," said Lazio spokeswoman Mollie Fullington.

"Congressman Lazio's substantial record on behalf of cancer patients is well-documented and well-known," she said.

Lazio fired back with his own harsh ad that ends with the line: "Hillary Clinton – you can always trust her to do what's right ... for Hillary Clinton."

The day on the campaign trail began with Lazio attacking Clinton for a letter she sent to Muslim supporters – while the first lady ignored the issue and talked about abortion rights.

Campaigning upstate in Binghamton, Lazio seized on a White House letter that Clinton sent to members of the American Muslim Alliance, thanking them for a plaque she received at a Boston fund raiser in June.

The first lady had previously said she didn't know that members of the organization, some of whom favor armed opposition to Israel, had anything to do with the event.

"It's disappointing, it's sad, and I think the thing that's most sad about it is it's part of a pattern of behavior," Lazio said.

"I think Mrs. Clinton owes New Yorkers an apology – an apology for using public resources for political purposes, which is wrong, and an apology for the fact that she clearly knew the entire time who was hosting this event."

In a brief press conference Friday, Clinton reiterated that she did not know that the group had anything to do with her fund raiser and that she had never before seen the form "thank you" letter sent by the White House's gift office.

Speaking at an abortion-rights rally at Manhattanville College in Purchase, Clinton yesterday wouldn't be drawn into the fight, saying: "I'm going to keep talking about the issues. Today, I'm talking about choice, because voters have a real choice in this election."

To address Lazio's charges, the first lady's team had Sen. Charles Schumer and former Mayor Ed Koch hold a news conference on the steps of City Hall.

"The latest attempts to tie Hillary to terrorism in the Mideast – if it weren't such a serious election – would be laughable," Schumer said.

"What we have here regrettably is sleaze," said Koch, who stars in another Clinton campaign ad unveiled yesterday that shows a photo of Lazio shaking the hand of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Both Lazio and Clinton also trotted out their favorite political patrons to help them in their final hours of campaigning.

Lazio appeared with Gov. Pataki upstate in a half-dozen stops, while the president spoke in three "get out the vote" rallies in New York City.

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