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Clinton defends Bush on Larry King Live!
CNN ^ | July 22, 2003 | Larry King Live

Posted on 07/22/2003 8:31:11 PM PDT by ejdrapes

KING: President, maybe I can get an area where you may disagree. Do you join, President Clinton, your fellow Democrats, in complaining about the portion of the State of the Union address that dealt with nuclear weaponry in Africa?

CLINTON: Well, I have a little different take on it, I think, than either side.

First of all, the White House said -- Mr. Fleischer said -- that on balance they probably shouldn't have put that comment in the speech. What happened, often happens. There was a disagreement between British intelligence and American intelligence. The president said it was British intelligence that said it. And then they said, well, maybe they shouldn't have put it in.

Let me tell you what I know. When I left office, there was a substantial amount of biological and chemical material unaccounted for. That is, at the end of the first Gulf War, we knew what he had. We knew what was destroyed in all the inspection processes and that was a lot. And then we bombed with the British for four days in 1998. We might have gotten it all; we might have gotten half of it; we might have gotten none of it. But we didn't know. So I thought it was prudent for the president to go to the U.N. and for the U.N. to say you got to let these inspectors in, and this time if you don't cooperate the penalty could be regime change, not just continued sanctions.

I mean, we're all more sensitive to any possible stocks of chemical and biological weapons. So there's a difference between British -- British intelligence still maintains that they think the nuclear story was true. I don't know what was true, what was false. I thought the White House did the right thing in just saying, Well, we probably shouldn't have said that. And I think we ought to focus on where we are and what the right thing to do for Iraq is now. That's what I think.

KING: So do you share that view, Senator Dole?

DOLE: Oh, he's exactly right. Let's put the focus where it belongs.

I never got to be president. I tried a couple of times. But President Clinton understands better than anybody that he gets piles and piles of classified, secret, top secret information, and I don't know how many, maybe the president can tell me. I don't know how much of this goes across your desk every day. It probably shouldn't have been in the message.

But that's history. It's passed. We can't change it. And we need to focus on the real problem.

KING: What do you do, Mr. President, with what's put in front of you?

CLINTON: Well, here's what happens: every day the president gets a daily brief from the CIA. And then, if it's some important issue -- and believe me, you know, anything having to do with chemical, biological or nuclear weapons became much more important to everybody in the White House after September the 11 -- then they probably told the president, certainly Condoleezza Rice, that this is what the British intelligence thought. They maybe have a difference of opinion, but on balance, they decided they should leave that line in the speech.

I think the main thing I want to say to you is, people can quarrel with whether we should have more troops in Afghanistan or internationalize Iraq or whatever, but it is incontestable that on the day I left office, there were unaccounted for stocks...

DOLE: That's right.

CLINTON: ... of biological and chemical weapons. We might have destroyed them in '98. We tried to, but we sure as heck didn't know it because we never got to go back in there.

KING: Yes.

CLINTON: And what I think -- again, I would say the most important thing is we should focus on what's the best way to build Iraq as a democracy? How is the president going to do that and deal with continuing problems in Afghanistan and North Korea?

We should be pulling for America on this. We should be pulling for the people of Iraq. We can have honest disagreements about where we go from here, and we have space now to discuss that in what I hope will be a nonpartisan and open way. But this State of the Union deal they decided to use the British intelligence. The president said it was British intelligence. Then they said on balance they shouldn't have done it. You know, everybody makes mistakes when they are president. I mean, you can't make as many calls as you have to make without messing up once in awhile. The thing we ought to be focused on is what is the right thing to do now. That's what I think.

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"You know, everybody makes mistakes when they are president. I mean, you can't make as many calls as you have to make without messing up once in awhile."

If anyone should know it would be Clinton...

1 posted on 07/22/2003 8:31:11 PM PDT by ejdrapes
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To: Howlin
Over Here! Now I know something is really up when CNN puts this out!

2 posted on 07/22/2003 8:35:50 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
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To: ejdrapes
Bump!
3 posted on 07/22/2003 8:36:14 PM PDT by MadMoo
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To: ejdrapes
Here Bill, the golden raspberry award. It won't be 24 hours before you'll be taking Bush to task for some issue, more than likely this one.
4 posted on 07/22/2003 8:36:57 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: ejdrapes
I must be in the Twilight Zone. One of the very few times I can agree with Klintoon. I think I will pinch myself again. Parley
5 posted on 07/22/2003 8:37:08 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: PhiKapMom
And puts it out this fast!

Watch at midnight!
6 posted on 07/22/2003 8:39:31 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: PhiKapMom; Howlin
This sounds....almost normal and sensible.

I must conclude that either Clinton has finally been saved, or Bush has the goods on him.

Anyway, this should stop the brouhaha.

7 posted on 07/22/2003 8:41:11 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: ejdrapes
He's angling for something. Maybe this is part of the plan to help Bush win in 04 so hillary doesn't have to run against an incumbent dem in 08.
8 posted on 07/22/2003 8:41:23 PM PDT by aynrandfreak
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To: ejdrapes
I miss Bob Dole. What a great guy. Talk about a solid politician and a real war hero to boot. none of this mimsy stuff you here about. puts them all to shame. He really stood up when it counted and stayed up in spite of those apalling injuries. I respect that man. Happy birthday Bob. you put us all to shame with our petty nonsense and silly claims. You were a real American when it counted. Your country called and you served. In the service and in government. An honorable man. Puts to shame those wannabe war heroes.
9 posted on 07/22/2003 8:42:06 PM PDT by GranpaVet
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To: ejdrapes
" but it is incontestable that on the day I left office, there were unaccounted for stocks..."

A major CYA by Clinton,possibly anticipating the discovery of WMD. I think Bubba just out maneuvered the anti war,"no proof there were ever WMD" dwarfs.Do you think Clinton has a dog in this fight?
10 posted on 07/22/2003 8:42:45 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: Miss Marple
Listen to the rerun at midnight EDT. I'm telling you he sounded REASONABLE........and he did NOT talk about himself. I swear, it might not have been him.......LOL.
11 posted on 07/22/2003 8:43:04 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: ejdrapes
Game, set, MATCH! Bubba to the rescue! hehe
12 posted on 07/22/2003 8:43:08 PM PDT by Pokey78
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To: aynrandfreak
Yeah, that was my first thought. "Okay, what does he want."
13 posted on 07/22/2003 8:44:42 PM PDT by ChemistCat (Transformers look just as good by morning light as they did the night before.)
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To: Parley Baer
Holysmokes. Is this the same Bill Clinton? For him to say something absolutely reasonable that I agreed with really gives me the heebiejeebies. Makes me feel like I need a shower.
14 posted on 07/22/2003 8:44:55 PM PDT by Ramius
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To: Howlin
OK. I think that Bush and Cheney finally have him cornered, myself. If we can follow all the money, speeches, and efforts to undermine the nation, you know that they have!
15 posted on 07/22/2003 8:45:00 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: ejdrapes
I feel like I just landed in Bizarro World. This is just plain weird.
16 posted on 07/22/2003 8:45:16 PM PDT by small_l_libertarian
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To: Howlin
Maybe somebody slipped him some acid before the show and he forgot who he was?
17 posted on 07/22/2003 8:45:44 PM PDT by Ramius
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To: Wild Irish Rogue
Is he still speaking to Hillary? Or, to be more precise....
18 posted on 07/22/2003 8:46:16 PM PDT by ChemistCat (Transformers look just as good by morning light as they did the night before.)
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To: Miss Marple
Or... he knows something. Maybe he has a heads up on something that's coming out sometime soon... perhaps something that the Senate Intel committee knows...
19 posted on 07/22/2003 8:46:54 PM PDT by Ramius
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To: Ramius
I wish I had the guts to go over to DU to see how they think Bush pulled THIS off.
20 posted on 07/22/2003 8:47:21 PM PDT by ChemistCat (Transformers look just as good by morning light as they did the night before.)
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To: Howlin
Oh man! Not a body double for him too! Quick, check for scars!
21 posted on 07/22/2003 8:48:31 PM PDT by DittoJed2
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To: ChemistCat
I wish I had the guts to go over to DU

I can't stand that place anymore. Not without about a half a bottle of wild turkey. I figure if I'm gonna hurl, I want to at least have had a good time on the way to the porcelain bus.

22 posted on 07/22/2003 8:50:18 PM PDT by Ramius
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To: Miss Marple
Actually this is probably confirmation that we have found enough WMD proof, and at some point it will be revealed. A holdover probably tipped him off, so now he's simply repositioning to stay ahead of the curve. Thus I give him zero credit for this, he stayed silent an awful long time until the 'Bush lied' chorus had done its damage and almost played itself out.
23 posted on 07/22/2003 8:52:05 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: ejdrapes
Watch out for a twist. Clinton doesn't do anything unless it benefits him.
24 posted on 07/22/2003 8:54:35 PM PDT by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: ChemistCat
I wish I had the guts to go over to DU to see how they think Bush pulled THIS off.

ROFLMAO!!!!!

25 posted on 07/22/2003 8:54:55 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Ramius
You may have the answer -- Senate Intelligence Committee. I watched Olympia Snowe this morning on Fox and she steadfastly defended President Bush and his Administration including the Intelligence community and what a great job they are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was obvious from her interview that what the RATs had been saying about Intelligence failures after their briefings was just plain lies.

Wonder if something came out in the Intelligence Committee related to the abject failure of the Clinton Administration in Iraq. WMD's are about to be announced would be my guess since Pat Roberts (R-KS) and head of the Intelligence said as much a short time ago.
26 posted on 07/22/2003 8:58:00 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
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To: aynrandfreak
He is angling for Hillary. He will try to sound reasonable so all will think Hill is too!! Phony! IMHO
27 posted on 07/22/2003 8:59:05 PM PDT by 2rightsleftcoast
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To: PhiKapMom
Turn it on!
28 posted on 07/22/2003 8:59:40 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: ChemistCat
Gee thanks! I hadn't cruised thru that place in awhile...but my curosity got the best of me! As always, I couldn't tolerate staying long!
29 posted on 07/22/2003 8:59:52 PM PDT by not_apathetic_anymore
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To: DittoJed2
"Quick, check for scars!"

Check the bend!

30 posted on 07/22/2003 9:03:47 PM PDT by lawdude (Liberalism: A failure every time it is tried!)
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To: ejdrapes
Somethings up.
31 posted on 07/22/2003 9:05:39 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: ejdrapes
Hillerys running.
32 posted on 07/22/2003 9:06:39 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: GranpaVet
I've always seen Bob Dole as a statesman more than a politician. And of course a hero.
33 posted on 07/22/2003 9:06:42 PM PDT by BonnieJ
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To: ejdrapes
He probably thinks he can claim that the reason we haven't found anything is because they were destroyed because of HIS actions back in 98.

34 posted on 07/22/2003 9:07:33 PM PDT by The Chief (Heather's Daddy will be voting Bush / Cheney in '04!!!)
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To: ejdrapes
Slick did publicly support Dubya's position in the months leading up to the war, though for some strange reason large portions of the media chose to ignore that for the most part. It is indeed very interesting that he now takes an opposite stance from the current crop of DNC candidates.
35 posted on 07/22/2003 9:09:42 PM PDT by squidly
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To: ejdrapes
We should be pulling for America on this.

This from the man who has never missed an opportunity to badmouth America whenever he finds himself on foreign soil. As president, he went around the world apologizing for all the evil America had done. Color me skeptical.

36 posted on 07/22/2003 9:11:33 PM PDT by giotto
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To: ejdrapes
Holy Cow. I am stunned. For once Clinton has stepped up to the plate and done the right thing?
Or am I cynical and think it is to discredit the 9 goof balls for Hillary's sake?
Whatever, thank you Bill Clinton for telling the truth!
37 posted on 07/22/2003 9:12:51 PM PDT by ladyinred (The left have blood on their hands.)
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To: The Chief
Hi, Chief!

Eileen Wright also asked that I say hi to you for her.

38 posted on 07/22/2003 9:14:15 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: ejdrapes
Odd. I agree with Clinton. Are pigs flying?

We should be pulling for America on this. We should be pulling for the people of Iraq. We can have honest disagreements about where we go from here, and we have space now to discuss that in what I hope will be a nonpartisan and open way. But this State of the Union deal they decided to use the British intelligence. The president said it was British intelligence.

39 posted on 07/22/2003 9:15:38 PM PDT by GOPJ
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To: PhiKapMom
I guess Bush has let Bubba know that his butt is in a sling concerning various "issues."

Let the smooching begin.

40 posted on 07/22/2003 9:16:55 PM PDT by Reactionary
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To: PhiKapMom
I heard it myself while surfing through the channels. Couldn't believe my ears!
41 posted on 07/22/2003 9:19:00 PM PDT by Wphile (Keep the UN out of Iraq)
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To: Howlin
Listen to the rerun at midnight EDT. I'm telling you he sounded REASONABLE........and he did NOT talk about himself.

That's because Clinton was talking to one of his few friends on the Republican side, Bob Dole. Clinton wants to please, so he gushed, and actually may have told the truth.

In addition, I sense these two men have a real affection for each other. Clinton's praise of Dole as a man who conquered a personal obstacle (his WWII injury) that would have kept down lesser men was off the top of his head. It was genuine, and it was admirable.

42 posted on 07/22/2003 9:19:19 PM PDT by sinkspur
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To: ejdrapes
Don't trust that SNAKE! NOPE! Not one bit!!
43 posted on 07/22/2003 9:19:51 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: dixiechick2000
here's another one
44 posted on 07/22/2003 9:20:17 PM PDT by WKB (3!~ ( If all you do is read at least bump so we'll know you're there))
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To: ejdrapes
Seems to me that the Clinton strategy to insure that NONE of the current crop of Dem prez candidates even have a whisper of a chance to get elected.

He is going 180 degrees from what most are saying, you know, Bush lied, uranium, etc. etc.

He knows this will be picked up by Dems everywhere. He is sending a message to the pack: Your wrong and I am pointing it out.

Hillary will announce soon!

45 posted on 07/22/2003 9:21:29 PM PDT by technomage
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To: Ramius
Some of J-Watch's "Caffe Veritas"
46 posted on 07/22/2003 9:23:34 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Socialism is slavery.)
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To: WKB
Surreal, huh?

47 posted on 07/22/2003 9:25:33 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 ("Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." --Will Rogers)
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To: WKB
Something interesting!
48 posted on 07/22/2003 9:26:31 PM PDT by potlatch (George Washington; If we are wise, let us prepare for the worst.)
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To: not_apathetic_anymore
Come on come on come on, tell us what you heard.
49 posted on 07/22/2003 9:29:47 PM PDT by ChemistCat (Transformers look just as good by morning light as they did the night before.)
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To: ejdrapes
It's like in that Jim Carey movie "Big Fat Liar" where a spell is put on a shyster lawyer and he's forced to tell the truth, with the result that his world built on lies crumbles around him.
50 posted on 07/22/2003 9:33:01 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Convicted felons for Kerry)
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