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Ginsburg's husband led campaign for nomination

Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg's husband said Wednesday he triggered letter-writing campaigns this spring to let the White House know about his wife's supporters and to clarify her record on abortion rights.

Martin Ginsburg, a Georgetown University law professor, said he made two separate rounds of calls _ without his wife's knowledge or consent _ to former academic colleagues and members of the women's movement who knew and supported his wife of 39 years.

"If there was something I could have done to be helpful, I would have done it, because I think my wife is super, and the president couldn't have made a better appointment than the one he just made," Ginsburg said.

Ginsburg's efforts generated dozens of letters supporting his wife at a time when she was widely mentioned as a possible Supreme Court nominee.

President Clinton said Wednesday he had seen "seven or eight letters for her" but was "unaware of any big letter-writing campaign." The president said he was not influenced by the letters, which came from lawyers, academics, women's rights and Jewish leaders and Ginsburg family friends.