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Bill Clinton Blasts Hillary's Bosnia Flap Coverage

Friday, 11 Apr 2008 11:07 AM

By Newsmax Staff

Bill Clinton has criticized the press over its coverage of Hillary Clinton’s Bosnia visit flap, saying reporters treated her as if “she’d robbed a bank.”

Hillary acknowledged two weeks ago that she "misspoke" and "made a mistake" when she said she landed under sniper fire during a 1996 visit to war-torn Bosnia.

Speaking to a gathering in Indiana, which holds its primary on May 6, the former president said:

“There was a lot of fulminating because Hillary, one time late at night when she was exhausted, misstated — and immediately apologized for it — what happened to her in Bosnia…

"What really has mattered is that even then she was interested in our troops. And I think she was the first first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt to go into a combat zone. And you woulda thought, you know, that she'd robbed a bank the way they carried on about this. And some of them, when they're 60, they'll forget something when they're tired at 11 at night, too."

According to politico.com, CBS News producer Ryan Corsaro pointed out that Hillary made the sniper fire claim in mid-morning on St. Patrick's Day, and CBS has aired videotape of Clinton making the claim on at least two other occasions.

As for the Eleanor Roosevelt assertion, Pat Nixon traveled to Vietnam in 1969.

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