April 11th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Hillary to Bill: Knock it off

Hillary and Bill Clinton.
Hillary and Bill Clinton.

(CNN) — Hillary Clinton wants her husband to quit talking about her trip to Bosnia in 1996, the former president said Friday.

"Hillary called me and said, "I misstated it, you said I misstated it, but you got to let me handle it because you don't remember it either'...I said 'Yes ma'am," Clinton said while touring the fire damage of a campaign office in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The comments follow those he made in Boonville, Indiana Thursday, when he strongly defended his wife over the recent coverage surrounding her 1996 Bosnia trip claims, saying the media acted as if she'd "robbed a bank."

"I got tickled the other day, a lot of the way this whole campaign has been covered has amused me, but there was a lot of fulminating because Hillary, one time late at night when she was exhausted, misstated and immediately apologized for it, what happened to her in Bosnia in 1995. Did y'all see all that? Oh, they blew it up," he said.

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Earlier: Bill Clinton says media overreacted to Bosnia flap


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  1. PA Voter

    "Hillary called me and said, 'You don't remember this. You weren't there, let me handle it.' I said, 'Yes ma'am," Clinton said,

    Thank GOD, let her handle it because her memory is so good..........

    April 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Susan MO

    He's just trying to help Hillary, but she has the right to say, 'ok, enough about this'. Just a married couple :)

    CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!!!

    April 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. John

    Is it bad that NO ONE can keep their stories straight?

    April 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. James

    Worse yet for the democrats, Bill is putting Hillary in the same camp as McCain – using "senior moments" to explain gaffes. Furthermore, no matter how old you get, I don't think you really forget if bullets are whizzing past you.

    April 11, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. Allan

    Good job. Hillary finally got one right.

    Now watch and see. Her fans will say:

    "This proves that Hillary is able to stand up to Bill and therefore strong and read to lead on day one and blah blah blah..."

    When you have to publicly rebuke your husband for perpetuating the ONE lie you've owned up to, you're climbing your way back up from the bottom of a very deep and slimy barrel.

    April 11, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Jeff

    I guess that he just "misspoke" three times. This is a claim that she made more than one over a period of days, it wasn't a single "misstatement".

    April 11, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Lynn

    Remember when these two were being sold as "two for one"...now Hillary is not only distancing herself from her own misspeaks but Bill's as well...

    April 11, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Cindy

    And by the way, that fire in her campaign headquarters comes right on time! A clever way to defflate the gaffe Bill made on her behalf!!!

    April 11, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Ed

    If she can't control him now how will she control him when he's First Gentleman? Actually Hillary seems to have very little control of her staff (Mark Penn) as well. What kind of Administration will she govern? On the flip side of the three canidates OBAMA has had the a very well run political campaign that has managed to go against the very politically experienced Clinton machine and (so far) beat it.
    -ED

    April 11, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. Mark

    I admire public service, but Hillary should focus on her marriage. Obviously there is no room for both Bill and the United States.

    April 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Tara

    They should at least discuss their lies so they can be on the same page in public. They lie, and then they lie about lying, hoping that no one will catch it. This is just ridiculous!

    April 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Renee /Expat Winterthur Switzerland

    I wish they both would knock it off and shut up!

    April 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Phong Nguyen

    There is no need for Hillary to embellish her records because they are great as is. It was a mistake and she admitted it. Let's move on as long as it is not repeated often! This is the first time I heard of something like this from her! S. Obama claimed to be a law professor in one of the early debates, which was not true! S. Obama denied hearing those racial remarks in his church, which was not true! S. Obama denied his campaign met with a Canadian trade official, which was not true!

    April 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. billybob

    yes, and she 'misspoke' in her book and the numerous other previous times she repeated the same lie. Love those Clintons, they sure now how to lie and then circle the wagons to minimize it. As has been said before, the Clintons have a strained relationship with honesty.

    April 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Anonymous-IL

    No more clintons! Enuf already

    April 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Pat Huntington NY

    She should have told him that a loooooooongggg time ago! Now we know why neither Gore nor Kerry wanted him stumping for them during their campaigns.

    April 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Geoff

    The way this candidate runs/controls her own campaign does tell everything about the kind of president she would be!! Time and time again just saying sorry afterwards is not exacly beiing ready from day one!!

    April 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. Texrat, Fort Worth, TX

    We should rename our nation Bizarro World.

    April 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Washington

    "Liars have 40 days"

    April 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. paulie_nj

    Obama / Richardson '08? An African American and a Latino, yeah that a winning ticket. What a joke!

    April 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. NickNas

    Oh now this is just going to far people. Now they stage a spat to further try to convince us they are not lieing?? OHH PULEZZZZZZZZZZ

    April 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. DemocraticBaron

    A house divided is a house fallen...
    And these two expect to run a divided country?

    April 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Chris

    Hey if she's forgetting stuff at 11pm, what good is she going to be when that phone rings at 3?

    April 11, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. Mike Cobb, Palo Alto, CA

    We've heard multiple reasons why Hillary got this one wrong ... which is probably the clearest proof that it was a knowing fabrication. This is one of the reasons why I now understand my previous general feeling of discomfort with her. One other example: her sudden discovery of the Democratic voters in Florida and Michigan ... as I recall, she agreed to the rules put forth by the DNC at the time. Now, because they didn't work out to her benefit, she wants to change the rules late in the game. There are words for both of these examples.

    April 11, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Kathy

    Hillary and Bill both make me sick !

    How can you Not remember if you're under fire or not?

    Laughing about this is a slap in the face to every single Military person, past and present and their families !

    Hillary needs to apologize to the American People for her lies.

    Hillary really needs to step down from the race because she is making America look like fools to the rest of the world.

    No one believes or trusts her anymore.

    Anyone but Hillary '08

    April 11, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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