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. DCBuck

    While I don't like Huelskamp, gotta admit – that was a funny tweet!

    July 11, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Guest

    Odd then that ICE and Border Patrol have completly different view than our corrupt democrats and RINO's isnt it?????

    Like asking the baker if your car is running well......

    July 11, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. Pam from Iowa

    Every time a Republican talks, it reminds me of why I am a Democrat!!!

    July 11, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Gary

    Wow, Who elects these people? What happen to professionalism? We as Americans need to do a better job of not supporting anyone no matter which Party it is that is like this.

    July 11, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. MAJLich

    How bout:
    "Trusting Bill Clinton is like trusting a Repulican in the Oval Office!"

    July 11, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. jenn, philadelphia

    Clinton, Obama, Kennedy and Lincoln as the best ever? Somebody has overdosed on the kool-aid. Lincoln, yes (a Republican, by the way), but the others, seriously debatable. Kennedy accomplished nothing, unless the Bay of Pigs fiasco and Cuban Missile Crisis are being counted as pluses. Obama, so far unimpressive and it's doesn't look like he's going to get any better. Clinton has the best chance, but then that may be what happens when you actually do reach across the aisle and work together.

    July 11, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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!
    Probably the same kind of comment that I tried to post yesterday to 'just askin' whom the "censors" allowed to refer to the President of our country as a "colored boy".
    Yeah. I can imagine what that "off hand" comment of yours was babe, because they wouldn't post mine either! Lol!

    July 11, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Dano

    GWB wasn't able to secure the border in his 8 years in office, so what makes anyone think that President Obama would be able to do it? That is one heck of a long border.

    July 11, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    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 certainly wouldn't hold my breath Sniffit.
    Republican Teatards only do the right thing when you threaten to withold money from them, not when common decency compels them to do the right thing.

    July 11, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. ItSoNlYmE

    I'll bet this guy wonders what's wrong with politics in this country. Mr. H, just look in the mirror. THAT'S what's wrong with politics in this country. It's you, and the childish, unthinking zealots like you that are the problem in this country.

    July 11, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well Do Tell,
    Trusting Obama with Border Security is like trusting Bill Clinton with your Bank Account. "We could let you keep more of your money but you wouldn't know how to spend it". Isn't it funny how those tiny little truths show up at the most un-oppertune times ?? But dang it, the Rich aren't paying their fair share.

    July 11, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. sato

    The enforcement provisions for the bill can't be certified for several years, which means any "amnesty" elements wouldn't occur before a new administration. Trust with the current President's not really an issue here.

    July 11, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Guest

    Well...obama inited racial unrest, he deserves whatever he gets.

    July 11, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. NameScott

    Clinton best president ever. And Hillary will be even better.

    July 11, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. oscar

    The 2008 presidential election – Republicans accused Democrats of "just looking to the past" and having a "culture of blame" when holding them accountable for the Bush years.

    To this day – Republicans bring up Bill Clinton and his affair – further in the past and had nothing to do with running the country.

    July 11, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Sam

    The GOP, making every effort it can to be the party out of power for the next 40 years.

    July 11, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. db

    Everytime I think the republicans have sunk to a new low, another one pipes up and lowers it even more.. Keep going repubs. Pretty soon you will be in China.

    July 11, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Clinton has the best chance, but then that may be what happens when you actually do reach across the aisle and work together
    No, that's what happens when the President isn't Black and the other side of the aisle last to the last man doesn't decide on his inauguration day to make him a one-termer.
    Get it straight and speak the truth.
    As Clinton VERY clearly said during the DNC: "They didn't like me, but they HATE this President".

    July 11, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That should've read: "...down to the last man". Pardon.

    July 11, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Rob

    You know, there are millions of idiots out there who are saying "right on, Huelskamp, way to go! And that is why the neandrethals from the GOP say rediculous things like this. I live in Texas and I am surrounded by fools like this.. That is why Perry has been governor for 13 years.

    July 11, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Maybe more like trusting Mark Sanford with hiking boots and a passport...

    July 11, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Malory Archer


    Well...obama inited racial unrest........


    Yeah, by having the UNMITIGATED GALL to be elected POTUS while black.

    July 11, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Malory Archer


    It wouldn't work because all the red states would go belly up within months without the blue states supplying them with the federal aid they need in order to function. Your problem would be people flocking north. The "south" would become nothing but North Mexico.


    Now you've done it: you've gone and set yourself up for some reichwingnut to respond with something along the lines of "Oh yeah, well all the jobs and are in red states, and all of America's food is grown in red states so we'll just increase the cost of everything produced here and sold to blue states." Which will beg the question: If all the jobs are in the red "taker" states, why is the average blue "giver" state citizen wealthier than their red "taker" counterparts, and where are the residents of the blue "giver" states getting their $$$? Additionally, if their inane statements were even remotely true (which they're not as, except for wheat & corn California & New Jersey-both blue "giver" states BTW – grow the majority of our produce, and as anyone who has spent more than five minutes in a supermarket can tell you, half of the fruits & veggies in the produce department were grown outside the United States), we blue "givers" would be far better off as we'd no longer be sending boatloads of OUR tax dollars to those red "takers". However, residents of red "taker" states would find themselves in a world of hurt because you can bet your backside that red "taker" state business owners WOULD NOT spend a penny of their additional wealth on the unwashed masses.

    July 11, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. 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?

    July 11, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. ART

    Someone needs to remind Tim that he is a nobody from nowhere

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