Bill Clinton: I’ll ‘Promote Her but Not Defend Her’

Bill Clinton has more to say.(NYT) – For one thing, he says he has learned that it was wrong for him to try to defend his wife because it makes him the center of attention. He says he should stick with trying to promote her, not defend her.

The former president discussed these things at a diner in Maine with Rob Caldwell of WCSH, the NBC affiliate in Portland.

Asked if he had any regrets about anything he had said or done, Mr. Clinton said: “Everything I have said has been factually accurate. But I think the mistake that I made is to think that I was a spouse like any other spouse who could defend his candidate. I think I can promote Hillary but not defend her because I was president. I have to let her defend herself or have someone else defend her.”

He added: “Whenever I defend her, I a) risk being misquoted and b) risk being the story. I don’t want to be the story. This is her campaign and her presidency and her decisions. And so even if I win an argument with another candidate, it’s not the right thing to do. I need to promote her but not defend her. And I learned a very valuable lesson from all that dust-up.”

Mr. Clinton did not specify which comments he was referring to that were defenses of his wife. The comment that may have drawn the most attention in South Carolina was when he was asked, “What does it say about Barack Obama that it takes two of you to beat him?” Mr. Clinton replied by noting that Jesse Jackson had won the South Carolina primaries in 1984 and 1980, a remark widely interpreted as marginalizing the state’s importance as one that votes for black candidates who then do not get the nomination.

In any case, back in the diner, Mr. Clinton was asked what his role in the campaign would be. He said he would not be in the cabinet (which is illegal because of the so-called “Bobby Kennedy” law) or on the staff and would not interfere with a strong vice president or secretary of state.

He said he would “let her bounce ideas off me and be available for whatever specific assignments seem right,” adding that he would do the latter for President Bush. (Is Bill on crack?)

Asked whether he should stay out of the campaign, Mr. Clinton said: “No, because nobody else’s family members are doing that.”

He added: “I have a lot of insight into what it takes to be president and what the challenges of the present day are.”

Would one of those challenges, Bill, be keeping your pecker in your pants – how you gonna help Hillary with that? Everything Bill Clinton says is about as credible as his statements about not having “sexual relations” with Monica Lewinsky. He was a fair president who should learn from his mistakes and stop lying. He did not defend Hillary in South Carolina. He attacked Barack Obama. But Bill has to spin that too. Its sad obvious that he is such a liar. He’s also the biggest narcissist going.

Don’t any of you get it? First there’s the $5Million dollar loan and the staff going without pay, oops, didn’t need it as they raised $6Million an the staff is getting paid, then the MSNBC fake outrage, the Chris Matthews thing, and now Billy boy stealing the spotlight and the confessional – how much air time are they getting by all their antics.


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