From a press conference yesterday with first lady Hillary Clinton and Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan from the senator's home in Davenport, N.Y.:

Q: Mrs. Clinton, what about those of your critics who say that it takes a lot of chutzpah to come to a state that you're not from and run for the Senate?

Sen. Moynihan: Gabe, we're in Delaware County. Now what was that word? (Laughter) . . .

Mrs. Clinton: Well, Mr. Pressman, you know, when people came to me and said why don't I consider this, that fact crossed my mind. I have to confess. I said, you know, that seems like a very strange idea.

But the more people talked to me and the more I listened, and the more encouragement I got, and the more I really understood about the kind of issues that New Yorkers are concerned about, from one end of the state to the other, I really thought that I maybe could make a contribution.

And I am going to leave that to the judgment of New Yorkers. You know, I am going to just get out there and listen and work and talk with people. And then eventually, New Yorkers are going to decide whether it is a good idea or not. But I am excited about it, and I am really looking forward to it.

And I am told that, you know, that characteristic [chutzpah] is not all bad in certain parts of New York. So I may need a little of that, I think.