Republican ropes Clinton affair into immigration debate
July 11th, 2013
11:33 AM ET
1 year ago

Republican ropes Clinton affair into immigration debate

(CNN) – Rep. Tim Huelskamp on Wednesday linked the ongoing immigration debate to former President Bill Clinton's extramarital affair.


Huelskamp, who was elected in 2010 with tea party support, repeated the same comment to multiple news outlets, but described the statement as one that was made "off hand."

His comments represent one of the biggest issues in the immigration debate: trust. Opponents say they don't trust the Obama administration to secure the border, even if potential legislation passed by Congress includes provisions for tighter enforcement and prevention.

It was a topic discussed in a lengthy meeting Wednesday among House Republicans on Capitol Hill, following the Senate's passage of an immigration reform bill late last month.

In addition to border security, opponents of immigration reform also question the Senate bill's provision for a pathway to citizenship for most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country. Some Republicans call such a measure "amnesty."

Huelskamp isn't the first to link a trust issue to Clinton. When Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, was running for the Senate in Missouri in 2006, she made a similar remark while talking about the former president on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"I think he's been a great leader but I don't want my daughter near him," she said.

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Immigration
soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. lww

    I like it when the tables get turned by the GOP on the libs...

    July 11, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Just another GOP pig !!!!!!

    July 11, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. bill

    Keep talking Republicans, it's the best way to show the rest of America of how truly stupid you are! Here's to Hillary in 2016!

    July 11, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. TJW

    Wow, now that's mature. Nice work, congressperson (elected by some majority of voters). No wonder a growing number of Americans are throwing up in their mouths over our government.

    July 11, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. kathy

    Or trusting Mark Foley with your son???? Larry Craig with your son???? Newt Gingrich, Rudy Guliani, Mark Sandford or Bob Barr with any woman?????

    July 11, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Mike Mazzla

    Claasic example of an out of touch republican referencing something that is about 20 years old...

    July 11, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. chuck kasabian

    Not this American. Another idiot Republican showcasing what they do best, hate.

    July 11, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. zeb

    The GOP should change their logo from an elephant to a dinosaur – it would be a lot more appropriate.

    July 11, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. Ken gile

    Republicans act like 2 year olds, maybe they should take their marbles and ngo home! You all helped Obama to become President with your greedy unhealthy attitude toward the. American middle income worker. Two terms and OUT!

    July 11, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote;

    See what happens when you stand behind 95% of the left's platform? 95% of the left crucify you for the 5% you don't.
    ---------------–
    Look around you. 100% of the right will crucify if you don't stand behind 100% of the right's platform. Just look at how many primary challenges we've seen

    July 11, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. bill

    Trusting the GOP to handle immigration reform is like trusting the GOP to handle the economy, WMD's in Iraq, killing Bin Laden, saving the U.S. auto manufacturing sector, managing the public surplus after the Clinton administration, addressing the issues with having 41 million uninsured Americans, holding Wall Street accountable, or my favorite, getting GOP presidential candidates to release 10 years of their U.S. tax returns!

    July 11, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    lww

    I like it when the tables get turned by the GOP on the libs...

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    How exactly does his childish comment turn the tables on "the libs"?

    July 11, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. just sayin

    he's right... obama and the democrats have already proven over and over they simply cannot be trusted to keep their word and do their job of enforcing the laws of this country. we don't have a broken system, we have people that violate their oath of office. passing new laws and keeping the same dishonest democrats in charge of not enforcing them will fix nothing.

    July 11, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Church of Suicidal

    So much for not being the Party of Stupid....

    July 11, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Crass, unnecesary, self seving and disgusting. In short: vintage Republican hypocrisy.

    July 11, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Sal

    The Republican party is doomed to fail....

    July 11, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Italmn

    Oh MY GOD !!! LOL...LOL... this guy belongs in the Circus.

    July 11, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    GOP out of power after 2014 midterms, the GOP the sewerage of America!!!!

    July 11, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. John

    ... It has to be something in the water. That is the only explanation for the sort of stupidity living to make the chronological requirement for running as a US Representative. No one born that dumb could possibly live past 18.

    July 11, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. sly

    The Party of Stupid: 15 years with no Immigration proposals.

    God, Republicans are poorly educated.

    July 11, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    Huelskamp, who was elected in 2010 with tea party support, repeated the same comment to multiple news outlets, but described the statement as one that was made "off hand."
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    Yup, he's a natural born liar and a Republican.

    July 11, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. jenniferm004

    "We Teapubs in the House absolutely * hate * anything that Barack Obama wants to do... even though the Repubs in the Senate have already signed the bill ..."

    July 11, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. Joe Rockbottom

    Republicans know that it will be impossible to "secure the border" they way they claim, ie, ZERO crossers. Can't be done. NO country has EVER done it. EVER. So it is clear that the primary purpose of the republicans is to simply keep any illegals already here from getting citizenship and the border "surge" is simply to provide easy make-work welfare jobs for their constituents. So, again the Republicans are lying because they can't come out and tell people their TRUE motivation. As usual, they have to hide behind lies.

    July 11, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. Gary

    Tony

    I have a question don't you think that one of the requirements for being a senator or congressman should be an IQ test because it seem to me a lot of republican reps in the house have absolutely no IQ whatsoever?

    Or Drug testing. No one can be this stupid without out the help of illegal drugs.

    July 11, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Tom

    Huelskamp, don't pass anything, but please send your daughter to Donald Trump / Jack Welch / Mark Sanford, then you might realize how the borders / broaders are secured.

    July 11, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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