In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, former President Bill Clinton blamed the Republican Party and the media for his wife’s email scandal.
“I have never seen so much expended on so little,” Clinton said of her wife’s use of a private email account and server during her time as secretary of state.
“She said she was sorry that her personal email caused all this confusion. And she’d like to give the election back to the American people. I think it will be all right. But it’s obvious what happened.”
Clinton compared his wife’s scandal to others surrounding him, including the Whitewater land deal that impacted his 1992 presidential campaign.
“This is just something that has been a regular feature of all of our presidential campaigns, except in 2008 for unique reasons,” he said. “It always happens. We’re seeing history repeat itself.”
The reason for such scandal, Clinton said, is because of the Republican Party.
“The other party doesn’t want to run against her. And if they do, they’d like her as mangled up as possible,” he said. “And they know that if they leak things and say things, that that is catnip to the people who get bored talking about what’s your position on student loan relief or dealing with the shortage of mental health care, or what to do with the epidemic of prescription drugs and heroin out in America.”
Clinton also pointed the blame at the press, saying that at the beginning of the year his wife “was the most admired person in public life.”
“What happened? The presidential campaign happened. And the nature of the coverage shifted from issue-based to political,” he said.
“You can’t complain. This is not — this is a contact sport. They’re not giving the job away. And people who want a race wanted her to drop some, and the people in the other party desperately wanted it because she’s already put out more positions on more issues and said how she would pay for it than, I think, than all the others combined, based on the two — the Republicans, based on the two debates I saw.”