May 28th, 2010
01:05 PM ET
13 years ago

Sestak confirms White House account

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sestak released a statement Friday."](CNN) - Rep. Joe Sestak is confirming the statements in the  White House memo released Friday morning, saying former President Bill Clinton reached out to him about a potential unpaid position in the Obama administration:

"Last summer, I received a phone call from President Clinton. During the course of the conversation, he expressed concern over my prospects if I were to enter the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate and the value of having me stay in the House of Representatives because of my military background," Sestak said in a statement. "He said that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had spoken with him about my being on a Presidential Board while remaining in the House of Representatives."

Full Sestak statement after the jump:

"Last summer, I received a phone call from President Clinton. During the course of the conversation, he expressed concern over my prospects if I were to enter the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate and the value of having me stay in the House of Representatives because of my military background. He said that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had spoken with him about my being on a Presidential Board while remaining in the House of Representatives. I said no. I told President Clinton that my only consideration in getting into the Senate race or not was whether it was the right thing to do for Pennsylvania working families and not any offer. The former President said he knew I'd say that, and the conversation moved on to other subjects.

"There are many important challenges facing Pennsylvania and the rest of the country. I intend to remain focused on those issues and continue my fight on behalf of working families."

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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Maybe good political crap, maybe not.

    What was Pawlenty offered if he did not run against Coleman?

    Same thing, but republicans do no evil (NOT).

    May 28, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. g tex

    An offer to serve ona a board is not the same as a job offer. Job offer to me is to work for pay. Serving on a board as so many people do is usually volunteer work or public service. Another attempt to discredit President Obama and his administration. I am not a politician, but as a citizen of the US I strongly feel that if all the people who are finger pointing and blaming President Obama for everything that happens in this world, would reach out and help him solve all the problems this country is facing, we would be a better US of America.

    May 28, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    There you go, you knew they were all lying and of course they use the specialist in lying, Bill Clinton to give credence to them. What a bunch of slimy, corrupt crooks. They are so crooked they could all be internation officers in the SEIU.

    May 28, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. BB

    Again....the Rethugs (the criminals) and the Media tried to make a mountain out of a mole hill. If CNN and media understood that we had real problems in this country that they could focus on we wouldn't have to deal with these types of inflated stories!

    May 28, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. M

    That makes sense. Specter's cooperation on key Senate votes prior to the election would also be a good reason to support him in the primary and would be completely logical and legal. Legal, that is, if you don't abuse your power...not saying it was so.

    May 28, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Hammerer

    One misstatement(lie) to cover another.

    May 28, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. thor

    This proves that Sestek thinks the American people are stupid enough to believe that politicans are only looking out for their best interest.This coverup has just begun.Nixon would be proud !!

    May 28, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Big Deal

    What is the big deal about this phone conversation?
    Everytime a Republican governor (ok.....any governor) wants to run for the senate the SAME phone call takes place...'stay where you are'...'keep our party in your current seat'.......

    I am beginning to question the ethics and motivations of SESTAK and why he is making a mountain out of a molehill.
    At least Sestak is more forthcoming that the current GOP candidate for Governor in S.C. about events in their life!

    Just about every person ON a 'Presidential Board' has a current job, and has to be recruited for the Board WHILE they have a current job. If we were appointing jobless people to Presidential Boards.......boy the GOP would run with THAT!

    May 28, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. johnnyhouse

    There is no such thing as an unpaid position in the White House.

    May 28, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Jim Garrison

    Problem here is that he is contradicting himself. Remember that he said someone from the admininstration had made the offer. Now he is trying to hide behind a smokescreen that the administration has set up. Amazing how it took these guys almost a week to come up with this excuse to the media. I expected better of Sestak to do this...

    May 28, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Uncle Sam

    Chicago Politics at its best. Why do all these liberals that complain about political gimmicks still think this administration cares about them or playing square.

    When history rights itself it will not be kind to this administration...even the liberal history textbook writers.

    May 28, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Tulsa

    I don't see anything wrong with this. eriously, what law was broken? Offered to place him on a commission for the Pres. if he stayed in the House? Is that wrong? Show me the statute that was broken.

    May 28, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. 55chevy

    If this is not political corruption what is? Bill Clinton, and the white house are trying to get people not to run so a man who switches his party affiliation to get elected can get elected? Any concern for the people of Penn. Answer: Hell no.

    May 28, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Dave Anderson

    The scariest part is the democrat faithful will see nothing wrong with this and brush it aside. America is going to fall as the worlds's just a matter of time. At what point did we no longer hold our politicians to a high standard of integrity and character.
    We need to start our government over....a complete reset.

    May 28, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. Willy Brown

    Oh Brother. Somehow I don’t think Bill Clinton was really was in the mix but all it took was a lunch at the WH and a cigar to get him to be the token fall guy for Barry.

    May 28, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    What strikes me as funniest about this is that we'll get to see 150 or so conservatives/GOPer partisans flock to this article to glibly post proof of their ignorance of the law and history all because they want to generate a perception that a crime was committed by Obama/the administration and so they can vomit the word impeachment as much as possible. Read the statutes, read the legal experts' opinions, find one case in which this was prosecuted as bribery (hint: you can't, because it never has), and read up on some presidential history to find out that it is something every single administration has done. This is a non-issue turned into one by the GOP and the media's unwillingness to kill it with truth because controversy sells advertising.

    May 28, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Robert F.

    No, No, No...Do not hide behind working families, too many in Washington, as with you have a personal agenda and it has only to do with your inflated ego. One thing is true, your military record will come into play here in Pennsylvania, as with your questionable actions as a two term member of the your absentee record when the voting was done. Where were you Joe???

    You lied your way to the nomination against someone who never forgot the citizens of the Commonwealth and you do not deserved to serve in the senate...collect your pension and clear out of the way for people who truly want to make a difference.

    You statement is pathetic.

    May 28, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. Peace

    It seems GOP put already in their bag the senator seat of Pennsylvania, as I heard them talking one day in their favourite cable network, preferring Specter who was easy for them to beat! Sorry Charly, you were wrong, the math will not add up!

    May 28, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Johnny DC

    When it's a Republican, it's another Watergate. When it's a Democrat, it's.... well I guess we'll find out. It's probably nothing.

    May 28, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Mike in Fairfax

    So let me get this straight... It's NOT Bush's fault??!! Or could they just not get Bush to go along with the story so that had to go back one more administration to lay the blame? Seems a bit fishy to me. Then again, Clinton is an extremely honest and trustworthy person so why would one doubt it.

    May 28, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. ok

    Yeah ok.... if thats all that happened why did it take 3 months to come out???? what a load of crap.... good thing odumba still has his blind followers in the media to put this to bed.....

    May 28, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    What is the point of all of this..Like this type of talk has never happenned before..How about inverstiaging all of the back room deals that we all know went on during the prev WH's time in office..Bu oh I forgot, to hide the truth and thwart any investigations they got rid of all of the evidence by erasing the tapes !!! Come on , is this the best the GOP can come up with ??? I guess they don't realize thats why they call this politics !!!!

    May 28, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Shirley in California

    Now, don't you fools feel like bigger FOOLS? This is a closed case. Bill Clinton NOT President Obama offered him the job. All you idiots (and you know who you are) have a nice day.

    May 28, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. dc

    Seven Republicans vote to open an investigation on Joe Sestak job offer. Seven Republican voted against "Pay As You Go". This should tell the American people where the Republicans priority is. No ideas to help Americans to get back to work.

    May 28, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. valwayne

    Does anybody really believe this? Sestak tells us over and over that somebody from the White House offered him a job to get him to drop out of the Senate primary. A job valuable enough to convince a former Admiral and U.S. Congressman to drop out of a Senate primary? Now we're suppose to believe they got the Ex-President of the U.S. involved to offer him a unpaid advisory position? Lies upon lies upon lies!!!

    May 28, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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