03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

White House Won't Support Potential Harold Ford Challenge To Gillibrand

The White House made it clear on Monday that it opposed the prospect of Harold E. Ford Jr.'s running for the United States Senate in New York, even as Mr. Ford, the former Tennessee congressman, showed no signs of being deterred.

The remarks from the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, were the first offered by the Obama administration since Mr. Ford said last week that he was seriously considering challenging Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in this fall's Democratic primary.

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