September 5th, 2010
01:42 PM ET
5 years ago

Tony Blair on Bill Clinton's 'potentially sexual element'

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair writes in his new book about former President Bill Clinton’s ‘curiosity.’
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair writes in his new book about former President Bill Clinton’s ‘curiosity.’

(CNN) - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was hesitant in an interview broadcast on Sunday to explain a passage from his new book that referenced a "potentially sexual element" to former President Bill Clinton's "curiosity about people."

"I was also convinced that his [Clinton's] behavior arose in part from his inordinate interest in and curiosity about people. In respect of men it was expressed in friendship. In respect of women there was potentially a sexual element," Blair wrote in his new book, entitled "A Journey: My Political Life"

On ABC's "This Week," Blair told Christiane Amanpour, "if I try explaining it [what he wrote] I'll get into difficulty."

Blair said politicians live with such pressure that to release the stress, they often rebel against themselves, and sometimes that can take the form of an affair.

Earlier: Arrests made at Blair book signing in Dublin

The former British leader said that if people want to know everything about their elected officials, they should be prepared to learn about their flaws.

"They've got to understand they're also human beings and you've got to be somewhat forgiving therefore of the human frailty," Blair said.


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