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Mark Warner's Clinton Problem

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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MARKED MAN Warner Is Mark Warner trying to skirt a bimbo eruption?

The former Virginia governor has decided not to run for president in 2008, saying he doesn't want to spend precious moments away from his wife and three daughters.

"This is the right time for me ... to have a life for a little while," said Warner, considered to be the only Democrat with any chance of taking on Hillary Clinton. But the man the New York Times declared in March to be "The Anti-Hillary" might actually have a lot in common with her husband.

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D.C. insiders are speculating that his surprise pull-out may have been sparked by concerns that alleged past sexual indiscretions could derail his campaign—especially in the midst of the Mark Foley feeding frenzy.

"I can't believe no one has mentioned his philandering," a former political aide tells, adding that she herself was subjected to Warner's advances in the late '90s and had heard "stories about Mark and many interns."

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"This can't be isolated. I have to believe this stuff is all over," a former D.C. consultant tells

"It would be ironic if the anti-Hillary faction's best hope turned out to have the same problem as Bill," the consultant said.



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