Hillary Clinton Mired in Another Controversy

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Hillary Clinton Mired in Another Controversy
United States Congressman Joe Pitts

Hillary Clinton Mired in Another Controversy


HON. JOSEPH R. PITTS

OF PENNSYLVANIA
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Thursday, July 20, 2000

HILLARY CLINTON MIRED IN ANOTHER CONTROVERSY


(Mr. PITTS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. PITTS. Mr. Speaker, candidate Hillary Clinton is mired in another controversy. She has been accused of using an obscene ethnic slur when her husband lost a race for Congress in the 1970s. More than one person says they heard it, and now it is out in the open.

It has been said that the character of a person can sometimes best be seen in how they carry themselves when they lose. Ethnic slurs or throwing things are not generally regarded as marks of strong character.

Ms. Clinton, of course, denies that it ever happened. It sort of depends though on what the meaning of "it" is. Does it not?

Her husband says it did not happen, or at least not quite the way the other witnesses claimed it happened. He says something like it may have happened, because he says, and I quote, she has never been "pure on profanity." Not much of a defense there.

There are three witnesses who claim she did, and two, she and her husband, who claim she did not.

I just want to ask one question. Can anyone imagine Barbara Bush being accused of this or Nancy Reagan or Rosalyn Carter or Betty Ford or Pat Nixon or Lady Bird Johnson? There is definitely a stature gap here.

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