Bill Clinton On Jim Clyburn
My personal feelings on the disgraceful behavior of Rep. Jim Clyburn are no secret. In the GMA interview aired this morning, it turns out President Clinton made his feelings about Jim Clyburn quite clear as well:
SNOW: Yeah. Well, people are already studying [the 2008 Democratic primary.] And a lot of people, including your supporters, your donors, say that they blame you at least in part, for her loss. I know you've heard this. . . . Do you blame yourself at all?
BILL CLINTON: I've heard it from the press. And I will not comment on this because it interferes with the issue, which is who should be elected in November. I made hundreds and hundreds of speeches, Kate. I bragged on Senator Obama hundreds of times. Now, I will be glad, as soon as this election is over in January, to have this conversation with you and everybody else. I have very strong feelings about it.
[. . .] I live out here in the fact based world -- Well, first of all, you say I don't like this type of modern reporting that says, so-and-so anonymous says this. You know they all say this.
SNOW: Jim Clyburn. Not anonymous. New York Times came out--BILL CLINTON: Not my supporter. Jim Clyburn
SNOW: A long friend of yours. A longtime friend.
BILL CLINTON: Used to be. He is not my-- He was not Hillary's supporter. Never. Not ever. Not for a day.
SNOW: He said you said you lost a lot of African-American support? [. . . ] He said you severely damaged your standing with African-American support?
BILL CLINTON: First of all-- Yeah. That may be by the time he [Clyburn] got through working on it, that was probably true. But that's not the same thing. You said I hurt her.
SNOW: I said, your supporters are saying --
BILL CLINTON: No, you said my supporters and then you cited Jim Clyburn. . . .
If and when President Clinton wants to write about the disgraceful Jim Clyburn, I'll gather all the evidence for him for free. Hell, I already have. What Jim Clyburn did in this election should not be forgotten by anyone. In my view, he was the most disgraceful person of this entire process. Personally, I plan to do my best to make sure no one ever forgets what he did.
By Big Tent Democrat, speaking for me only
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