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CNN Today

Hillary Rodham Clinton Pays Visit to David Letterman

Aired January 13, 2000 - 2:54 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: The first lady paid a visit last night to everybody's late-night pal, David Letterman.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: And she said she was nervous. And what would an appearance on the Letterman show be without a Top Ten List? Mrs. Clinton brought her own.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: From the home office in Chappaqua, New York, the top ten reasons that I, Hillary Clinton, finally decided to appear on the "Late Show"

DAVID LETTERMAN, "LATE SHOW" HOST: Here we go. All right.

(APPLAUSE)

CLINTON: Number 10: I lost a bet with Tipper.

(APPLAUSE)

Number 9: I did think this was a show where you answer a couple of easy questions and you win $1 million.

(APPLAUSE)

LETTERMAN: Yes. Guess again.

CLINTON: Number 8: If Dan Quayle did it, how hard could it be?

(LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE)

LETTERMAN: Yes.

CLINTON: Number 7: I was already in town to interview for the Jets' head coach position.

LETTERMAN: Everybody else is.

CLINTON: Number 6: Four words: severe lapse of judgment.

(LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE)

Number 5: I needed an excuse to get out of dinner with Donald Trump.

LETTERMAN: Oh, how about that guy?

(APPLAUSE)

CLINTON: Number 4: When they threw in a "Late Show" tote bag, I said, "Gas up the Taurus, Bill, we're going to Dave's."

(LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE)

LETTERMAN: That tote bag does it every time.

CLINTON: And number 3: I have not been in the Ed Sullivan Theater since I was dating Ringo.

LETTERMAN: Wow.

(LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE)

CLINTON: Now, number 2: To tell you the truth, Dave, I thought Johnny hosted this show.

(APPLAUSE)

LETTERMAN: I wish he did. That's not a bad idea -- Johnny in here.

CLINTON: And number 1: If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere.

(LAUGHTER)

LETTERMAN: There you go.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

ALLEN: Pretty good.

President Clinton planned to watch his wife on the "Late Show" at their new home in Chappaqua. That's about an hour north of Manhattan. He's a notorious night owl.

WATERS: But get this: The last we heard, the chief executive was trying to find a TV set. Apparently the Clintons don't own one.

It's not that easy out here in the private sector.

ALLEN: Welcome to our world.

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