Thursday, April 10, 2008


Nostalgic moments from the Clinton years

PROGRESSIVE REVIEW, 1999 - His spin a little out of control, Vermont Senator James Jeffords - who voted to acquit Clinton - said that Clinton's alleged rape of Juanita Broaddrick was a "private matter." Here's the exchange on Burlington's WKDR:

JEFFORDS: ... I think things like that are supposedly a private affair that should stay that way unless they get into the public domain by the abuse of the use of the office of the president, as he did in carrying on in the White House. ... But other than that, I'm not interested in what people did 21 years ago.

HOST MARK JOHNSON: How would that be a private matter?

JEFFORDS: Well, I don't know why it wouldn't be a private matter. I can ask you [to look at this] the other way around. If something had happened 21 years ago with a woman who invited, at least under her story, the president up to her hotel room and she was not happy with what happened, I don't know why that's not a private matter.

JOHNSON: OK. Rape usually isn't done in public.

JEFFORDS: Well, no - she claims she was raped. Whether she was or not, then why did she wait that long and all that? I'm not going to make judgment on the veracity of those things. And I think we could all spend the whole day trying to figure that one out. But if you wait 21 years or whatever to reveal something, you have to question what her reasons are.

Jeffords, who is up for election next year, later issued a statement: "Juanita Broaddrick's statements are disturbing and should be taken seriously, as any claim of rape should be. . . I truly apologize if my inarticulate comments this morning gave anyone the wrong impression."


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