April 14th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Author: Bill Clinton's conduct in wife's campaign 'unexplainable'


Watch Wolf Blitzer discuss Sen. Clinton's candidacy with Cokie Roberts.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Book author and veteran political journalist Cokie Roberts speculated Monday about former President Bill Clinton’s motivations with respect to his wife’s presidential bid.

“The math is tough for her,” Roberts said of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s White House bid. “And, every time she seems to get some traction, Bill Clinton comes along and says something that throws her off again,” added Roberts.

“It’s unexplainable unless there’s some deep-seated problem there that he’s subconsciously doing.” “I can’t get over it. He’s politically so smart and yet he keeps managing to get in the way instead of being helpful,” observed Roberts.

Roberts, the author of the recently released “Ladies of Liberty,” a historical look at some of America’s early influential women, also spoke with Wolf Blitzer about why it has taken so long for the country to have a serious female presidential candidate and about how some women – especially young women – have been torn in their allegiances between Sen. Clinton and her rival Sen. Barack Obama.

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Freddy

    They both lie cheat and steal to get what they want. "POWER"

    April 14, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  2. dl

    I love Cokie Roberts and have respected her for years.
    She is one of the last remaining reporters who has the ability to remain
    fair and balanced.. she is very smart..to say the least.
    She does not put words in ones mouth. She remains a fresh breath
    of air.. I only wish younger women would respect her
    example "reporters".

    She understands issues.. and reports her smarts.She studies the issues..She knows what she is talking about.. She does her homework.
    She has manners
    She has the ability to see thru media hype and as a role model for
    Thank goodness she is back in the news again.
    I see she has respect for women...

    April 15, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  3. June

    As a 68 year old woman who has fought for Women's Rights for 40 years I'm not the least bit torn about wanting Barack Obama to win. To believe that enlightened women should vote for a woman, simply because she is a woman is insulting. Should men only vote for men, senior citizens only vote for senior citizens etc etc. A vote should be used wisely not just to prove a point.

    On the matter of Bill Clinton, I'm thinking perhaps he needs to go for a medical checkup....he;s definately acting peculiar. I believe his behaviour even transcends his giant ego.

    April 15, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
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