Dan Rather interview with Clinton reveals unending denial
New York, NY--December 25, 2000
CBS news anchor, Dan Rather, recently interviewed
outgoing president, Bill Clinton. Rather began the chat by leading Clinton
to criticize the US Supreme Courtís
decision which struck down the Florida high courtís attempt to allow a
hand re-count in that stateís hotly contested presidential election.
Clinton said he will not
now give comment on the current political nature of the US Supreme Court.
He did intimate, however, criticism may be coming after he leaves office.
Clinton did take parting
shots at US Rep. Tom DeLay, the Christian right and the NRA. Clinton also
attacked the Republican Congress, blaming them for his impeachment, while
saying he did make a personal mistake concerning Monica Lewinsky.
Rather led Clinton into
questioning about how the GOP was responsible for shutting down the
government in 1995, while he took credit for reducing the national debt,
reforming welfare and balancing the federal budget. Clinton and Rather did
not suggest Republicans had anything to do with these accomplishments.
Contrary to Al Goreís campaign rhetoric, Clinton did say, "We got a
lot done," in reference to the Republican-led Congress during his
Clinton also said that
Special Prosecutor, Kenneth Starr, "Did what he had to do,"
involving the Whitewater investigation, which Clinton called "a
In reference to a
possible indictment brought by the current Special Prosecutor, Clinton
said he doubted whether President-elect George W. Bush would pardon him
after he leaves office.
Clinton praised convicted
financier Michael Milken for his work against prostate cancer, when asked
about a possible pardon for Milken.
Rather asked Clinton
about the purging of Christians in China and the burning of churches.
Clinton would not commit to a resolution condemning the attacks on the
clergy in China.
remembered for another interview he conducted with then-President George
Bush. Rather was highly antagonistic of Bush as the interview, at times,
deteriorated into a shouting match. In contrast, Rather was cordial with
Clinton and did not press him on sensitive issues, like being held in
contempt of court for providing false or
misleading testimony in the Paula Jones case.
Rather conducted the
interview for the CBS television network.