Clinton Aide Saw Ill Motive In 1999 Huckabee Note

Bill Clinton
Posted at 3:12 PM, Oct 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-10 15:12:00-04

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Bill Clinton White House staffer saw unsavory motives in a short, innocuous-looking letter from Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee in May 1999.

Now that aide, Fred DuVal, is himself running for governor in Arizona as a Democrat.

Huckabee asked Clinton to declare a national "Safe Television for All Ages Day."

DuVal jotted a note on the letter before forwarding it for response.

It said: "Huckabee hates BC (Bill Clinton) & is planning a Senate race against Lincoln. He needs a quick, warm response."

Huckabee did not run against Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln, a Democrat who won re-election in 2004. But he ran for president in 2008.

Clinton apparently did not declare an "all ages" TV day.

The letter was among many Clinton documents released Friday by the National Archives.

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10/10/2014 2:48:55 PM (GMT -4:00)