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. noly972

    It's an 'off hand' comment. The world wonders which hand he was using.

    July 11, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Wake up People!

    It just goes to show you just how desperate the GOP really is. The only thing they can bring up is a bj that happened almost 20 years ago.....

    Maybe they'll bring Linda Tripp and Kenneth Starr out of hiding.....Finally. I wonder if Linda sleeps wrapped up in Monica's infamous blue dress???

    July 11, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Arun

    Bet this guy is buddies with Sanford, Ensin, Vitters, and the Donald. The whole repube party is such a joke!!

    July 11, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. noly972

    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.

    When it comes to the GOtP, decency is very uncommon.

    July 11, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Loathstheright

    Funny, GOP funny, which is mentally sick funny. I guess this guy would trust Sanford more.

    July 11, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Marty, FL

    Please vote the tea nonsense out of our government. These clowns have NO intention on voting for reasonably bipartisan immigration reform supported by the majority of Americans.

    July 11, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    So, if you put more troops and tech on the border than ever before in our history, set new records for number of deportations every single year, reduce net illegal immigration to zero and indicate your willingness to sign into law legislation that would literally double the number of troops/patrolmen on the border from 21,000 to 42,000 and build a $3B fence in order to get some reforms in place for our broken immigration system, then you've apparently proven, beyond all doubt, to a GOPer/Teatroll that you have no intention of enforcing immigration laws and protecting the border. You can't have a rational conversation/debate with these GOPers/Teatrolls. It's entirely beyond them. The one thing they are worried about and which is driving their entire immigration reform analysis is "OMG, 11M more people who trend toward voting Dem might be citizens in 13 years if they jump through all the hoops!!!!!" Sooooo, they've decided to alienate even further every single one of them AND those who support them. Wicked. Smaht.

    July 11, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Vence

    Sooner or later, immigration reform will come back with a vengeance!

    July 11, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Tim

    Oh, poor little democrats can't handle when someone makes fun of their own. How pathetic,Clinton likes little girl interns and the truth hurts liberals because no one trust this pervert with their daughter.

    July 11, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein

    Is the best people can do? How many menwith that kind of reputation would you trust your daughter with? It is a cliche and doesn't belong with the immigration debate.

    July 11, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    just sayin

    The rethugs have already proven over and over they simply cannot be trusted to keep their word and do their job of enforcing the laws of this country. we don't have a broken system, we have people that violate their oath of office. passing new laws and keeping the same dishonest rethugs in charge of not enforcing them will fix nothing.



    July 11, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    This statement by uelskamp is the classic bait and switch, which is used so often by the right. When you cannot make a strong argument on an issue, you drag an emotional issue into the narrative and create a false equivlence by arguing against the emotional issue, instead of the actual one.

    July 11, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Tony

    Tim, Republicans complain all the time that Democrats keep on blaming Bush even though he is out of office. Of course, the reason Democrats blame Bush is that Bush actually did the things Democrats blamed him for (for example, going to the wrong country to fight the terrorists). Just because Bush is out of office does not mean that what Bush did never happened.

    July 11, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Jack

    Oh, come on! You have got be kidding me. What line of BS.

    July 11, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. rabbitcommarogerindyreader

    Repubs have NO room to sling ANY bs on this topic any more. Two words: Mark Sanford.

    July 11, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. hannah

    These people lie, lie lie. The border is more secure than it has ever ben before. Amd more illegals have been deported than at any time before. But if you tell a lie enough times people iwll believe it.

    July 11, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. just sayin

    Malory Archer
    just sayin
    The rethugs have already proven over and over they simply cannot be trusted to keep their word and do their job of enforcing the laws of this country. we don't have a broken system, we have people that violate their oath of office. passing new laws and keeping the same dishonest rethugs in charge of not enforcing them will fix nothing.

    oh honestly.... how third grade. you don't have an original, adult thought of your own to enter?

    July 11, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. Ccampa

    Sounds to me like he doesn't trust his daughter because she may be another call-girl like the one they hired to try to remove Clinton from office. They know Hillary will win in 2016 and they are desperately trying to find something to descredit the Clintons 18 years later...

    July 11, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. rod

    Mexican illegal immigration is down because the economy took a dump, a major residential housing dump, that is over, the housing in ohio, an indicative state, is picking up, so too will illegal immigration, but all u democrats keep allowing it 2 happen as the illegals fail to pay workers compensation, taxes, but
    Citizens cant get awaywith that! Ur all thieves, invoking slavery upon us citizens, the half that works and pays taxes, the irony, slavery come full circle, govt bs

    July 11, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Thomas

    @Rick McDaniel
    Good........and absolutely appropriate, comment.

    Your one angry guy !

    July 11, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Body Electric 1001

    Rick McDaniel

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

    So Rick this kind of bone head comments from a serving congressman is appropriate. You make our points for us. thank you for doing our work for us. We could not pay people to do as well for the left as you have thanks.

    July 11, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  22. Anthony in California

    oh oh i got one...

    Trusting Republicans with running the country is like trusting Dick Cheney while out hunting....

    July 11, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Donkey Party

    Right-wingers consistently prove themselves to be low-info, low-intellect voters, when they parrot Fox News (False News) talking points, saying the "border needs to be secure". The reality (FACT) is, under the Obama administration, illegal immigration is at RECORD LOWS, while deportations are at RECORD HIGHS, resulting in a net ZERO gain of new illegal immigrants. The border IS secure, more than anytime in history.

    July 11, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Anthony in California

    Trusting Republicans to get anything done successfully is like trusting Wile E Coyote to catch a roadrunner while strapped to a rocket wearing rollerskates...

    July 11, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Jabbadahut

    Donkey Party: Really? You are just an obama lover....admit it....he can do no wrong for you can he. Time for you to wake up from your fantasy.

    July 11, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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