WASHINGTON, October 25, 2004 ( – Former US President Bill Clinton has his heart set on the United Nations top job, according to an insider who tipped off United Press International Wednesday. Based on analysis offered by the same UPI report, Clinton’s hopes depend on support at home—from the U.S. government.  Thus, out of apparent self-interest, Clinton has joined the campaign to help promote Senator John Kerry to the office of US president. With Kerry in the oval office, Clinton’s nomination to Kofi Annan’s position at the end of his term in 2006 would be likely, as international support is already secured, according to the UPI report.  “A Clinton candidacy is likely to receive overwhelming support from U.N. member states, particularly the Third World,” UPI’s Roland Flamini wrote in his column titled, Analysis: Clinton Eyes U.N. Post. “But the former president’s hopes hang on a crucial question that will not be addressed until after the presidential elections: can he get the support of the U.S. government—a prerequisite for nomination?”  If President Bush is re-elected the chance that Bush would back Clinton’s bid for the U.N. job is doubtful.  Clinton announced his decision to campaign for Kerry in an exclusive interview Monday with Diane Sawyer on ABC News’ Good Morning America. Clinton will appear with Kerry at campaigns in Florida and Pennsylvania Monday. He has been recovering at home since his September 6 quadruple bypass surgery.

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