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. jenniferm004

    So the House will pass NOTHING on immigration, and once again, the Repubs will prove they are the Party of No.

    July 11, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Tom

    All the nay sayers GOP, you love to have illegal because you don't to pay living wage, treat them as slaves. Without slaves greed never prospered.

    July 11, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. mjd

    another ignoramus. they will be the ruination of this country...the party of NO!!!

    July 11, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. cleareye1

    If you can't make a sensible argument, make a stupid one. That seems to be the best the Republican can do.
    They still lean on a failed ex-wannabee "governor" from Alaska that trades on her looks, not her brains. How can we take Boehner seriously we he follows instruction from Foxloons?

    July 11, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. us_1776

    The GOP. Pathetically DESPERATE !!


    July 11, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. TomNPitt

    Can't wait until the Huelskamp skeleton falls out of the closet!! What will it be? Illegal Aliens working on his plantation? Man Lover in Minnesota? Sorted affair with his sheep? Something will eventually come out on this flame thrower. Anyone this cocky will get his dog walked on eventually.

    July 11, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. just askin

    so what if this bill does pass? they claim it will cut illegal immigration by 33-50%. so what are the democrats proposing we do with the 50-67% that do sneak into this country and are here illegally? are you all on board with rounding them up and deporting all of them? or do you expect them to get amnesty in a few years as well?

    July 11, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. Tom

    Let's do the time warp again. The "outrages" that can whip the loyal Rush Limbaugh and FOX news audiences into a frenzy of rage just don't matter to the rest of the electorate. The Republican party still doesn't get that. There simply aren't enough ultra-conservatives to win most state and national elections. Pandering to the lunatic fringe is a losing strategy because it turns off everyone else.

    July 11, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Bill in Florida

    Another attempt by the GOP to sidetrack attention away from the fact that the GOP has no pro-America platform.

    July 11, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. PCc

    wow, Kansas, you must be proud of your class act. I say to hell with border security–instead, how about capital punishment for anyone who hires an illegal? that should cut down on the labor demand issue.

    July 11, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Whazz Zat,
    You think elected officials should take an I.Q. test? Humm, look who's talking. Why would people with High I.Q. S elect "idiots" ??? I rest my case.

    July 11, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. it is just common sense

    It is only common sense that you do not bail out sinking boat before you plug the hole that is sinking it. Granting amnesty/citizenship to millions of illegals that are here, while millions more come over the borders over the next 10 years, is totally insane. Of course, that is the Democrat "solution" which is no solution at all. It does not addres the fundamental problem of ILLEGALS ARE GETTING INTO THE COUNTRY.

    Secure the border, implement a working visa tracking system, and eliminate the anchor baby BS. After these three things are done can you decide what to do with the illegals here. Many claim you can't round them all up and deport them, yet they have never even tried and have actually let illegals go after being caught. So once the causes are addressed, all we need to do is enfocre our current laws. IF we deport everybody we find here illegally while doing day to day policing, eventually most if not all will be gone.

    July 11, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Tony asked:

    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?
    I need to check, but I'm prety sure that such tests are constitutionally prohibited.

    July 11, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. jon

    While I might not totally agree with him he is right to some extent the rumors of what Clinton did in Arkansas with women is stuff playboys only dream about. More power to him, that being said Hilary couldn't care less as long as he kept it under wraps. The ironic thing is that NOW totally supports this buffoon, to each his own.

    July 11, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. lolo

    And this is exactly the reason the republicans will be put to pasture. They do not want to help the american people. All they want to do is throw stones. Since they do not want to do the job they were elected to do, let's vote them out period. At least Clinton had an affair with a woman and not young boys like the republicans. The GOP is nothing but sorry hypocrits. They complain about what everyone else is doing, but keep their little dirty secrets behind closed doors until they are caught. McConnell had the nerve to whine about someone attacking his Asian wife, but was quiet as a church mouse when they were calling Mrs. Obama names. The only way to get rid of these clowns is to vote them out.

    July 11, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Citizen

    What if President Obama had said that illegal aliens had stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, and that we were within 45 minutes of immenent attack? Would the enitre Republican Party jump on board and vote for it (as long as no one in their familes had to actually get invovled)? 🙂

    July 11, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Ed Mahan

    Anytime the Republicans reallly want to get rid of illegal immigrants all they have to do put penalties with real teeth into punishing employers who hire illegals. No jobs, no illegals. They don't come here for the scenery.

    July 11, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. John in Brooklyn

    And trusting Republicans on issues of cultural diversity and individual civil rights is kinda like trusting Stalin on, well...cultural diversity and individual civil rights.

    July 11, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. IMeanReally

    Hmmm....sounds like a pretty fair statement. The Dems want to pass immigration laws simply to add more folks to the liberal modern-day plantation.

    July 11, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. DJ Reality

    Ah yes we certainly have a lot of mature leaders in the GOP. Any more mature and they will be out getting into fights in a sandbox.

    July 11, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. Frank Rizzo

    That's the BEST and MOST truthful comparison I've seen yet!!!

    July 11, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. ken

    A lot of proplr are saying seal the border. How do you seal the Atlantic and Pacific oceans not to mention the Canadian border. The GOP/Tea Party are way out in left field on this issue.

    July 11, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. sly

    Quite amusing – a member of The Party of Stupid criticizing the most successful President of our time.

    Name ONE thing Republicans have accomplished in the past 15 years. (Besides murdering 500,000 Arabs to steal their oil).

    July 11, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Tony

    "it is just common sense," even the Berlin Wall did not stop East German refugees completely, despite the fact that East German border guards used machine guns. How do you stop underground tunnels along the 2,000 miles of the US-Mexico border?

    Republican politicians insist that the border must be secured before any other kind of immigration reform. They know that there is no such thing as a completely secure border, so the end result is that no reform of any kind will be passed. This is actually what Republican politicians want–no reform of any kind. The status quo benefits employers who tend to support Republicans. Employers can continue to hire illegal immigrants while Republican politicians keep an election issue.

    July 11, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    Good........and absolutely appropriate, comment.

    July 11, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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