Republican ropes Clinton affair into immigration debate
July 11th, 2013
11:33 AM ET
9 years 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. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Trusting Republicans with responsibility is like trusting a Wall Street banker.

    July 11, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What a foul and disrespectful statement from one of the Tea Party's very own, Huelskamp.
    At least Bieber can claim his tender years for his statement. This Teatarded dork is just giving voice to who he is as a full-grown man.
    You can't make these people up...

    July 11, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. SomeOneSmart

    Pretty cheap line.

    July 11, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    I wish they would just admit that they feel he is inferior to them and therefore NEVER should have been elected or reelected. Therefore they will say anything to make him seem incompetent regardless to the fact that he has deported more illegals than any other POTUS.

    I'm truly getting tired of their obstructing, posturing and flat out lying.

    July 11, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    Oh, good. More grade school mentality. Can't get enough childishness from the Infant Brigade ... yes, TEAPerville?

    I am not shocked that you folks think Huelskamp passes himself off as politically intelligent and well meaning on a national level. If my memory serves, even Karl Rove found folks such as Huelskamp .... politically inept. God knows, Rove spent millions of dollars of other peoples money trying to get fools such as Huelskamp elected.

    Some might argue, he (and they) failed miserably.

    July 11, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Malory Archer

    Yeah, and trusting the rethugs with ANYTHING is like trusting a room full of unsupervised toddlers with a box of loaded handguns.

    July 11, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Sniffit

    Will Huelskamp have the same decency as Justin Bieber to call Clinton to apologize for this or is he an even lower form of life than "Biebs"?

    July 11, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. ST

    What is this man smoking? Mixing up salt, sugar, beans, millet, sand etc. etc. all together? What is immigration reform has to do with Bill Clinton? No wonder nothing concrete is done in Congress. Boy, (I have to call you this way, as you behave like them), your Approval Rating will continue to drop until you are on a minus territory, as you have proved to us that you are useless.

    July 11, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. smithdp

    Do Republicans have Google? Because a quick google search tells us that net immigration from Mexico has reached zero under Obama.

    July 11, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. Ohio Dave

    Huelskamp is right. I would not trust a Clinton, either.

    July 11, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. David Kramer

    Clinton and Obama will go down in history alongside Kennedy and Lincoln as the best ever. It is truly pitiful to see people try to diminish their accomplishments.

    July 11, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Robert Jay

    I sent in an "of hand" comment regarding the value of Republicans in general but the censors would n't post it – But I know all intelligent people can imagine and know what an "off hand" comment like that would be!

    July 11, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. gladiatorgrl

    just when you thought they couldn't get any lower....

    July 11, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. Rosslaw

    I'm going to take a look at current immigration law to see if someone like our dear Rep. Huelskamp can be deported for terminal stupidity. I'll let you know what I find.

    July 11, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Brian

    I am hoping the Democratically led Senate finally gets some collective sac and goes invokes the nuclear option for philabuster reform. The GOP has been a collosal failure in policy and government leadership...but obstructionists, and traitors to the people? Spot on the latter.

    July 11, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. He don't get it

    Obama has ALREADY protected the border better than any other president, including Reagan, Bush and Bush... Tea party members continue to show they are not interested in facts, just punch lines. This guy is a disgrace to the office he holds and I wouldn't trust my son to be around him in an airport bathroom.

    July 11, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. thinking outside the box


    Will Huelskamp have the same decency as Justin Bieber to call Clinton to apologize for this or is he an even lower form of life than "Biebs"?

    I say Huelskamp should be on the hook for getting all of the Republican Congressmen he is referring to for their apologies too.

    July 11, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. Silence Dogood

    Brought to you by the same party that couldn't pass a Violence Against Women bill or the Farm bill. Their effectiveness is zero: Bring in someone else that can do the job.

    July 11, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. ShawnDH

    The border is the most "secure" it has ever been. Can this weirdo Huelskamp point to a rise in people coming illegally across the border? NO! Because the number is down.

    The GOP is completely off the rails. They have created their own reality, which in no way reflects the truth. Bring on 2014. We have to get these nuts OUT of our government.

    July 11, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Michael

    Does anyone in the GOP/TP group understand that nobody has been able to "close off the border" ... not even their hero, Dubya. There's a river that runs down a significant portion of the border. What are the GOP/TP going to do, dam it off somewhere? Where are THEIR proposals? Trust them? No way, no how. When will they stop obstructing everything just to keep their names in the paper and actually get to work creating jobs, jobs, jobs ??

    July 11, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. RepublicanDemocrat

    .... Trusting the Republicans is like Trusting George Bush with your Bank Account, or your Mortgage, or your Son & Daughter that joined the Armed Services.. or with the country

    July 11, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. keven

    Low class comment, typical of House R's
    Anything to win ....

    July 11, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. California Gary

    It would seem there are still some members of the GOP out there that are extremely jealous of Bill Clinton. Get a life guys.......

    July 11, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Guest

    The truth hurts sheeple!

    July 11, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Steveo

    Bad form and a poor comment and that goes for McCaskill's version too although is was made 7 years ago.

    July 11, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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