Hillary Clinton looks beyond Lewinsky scandal

WASHINGTON Wed Jun 4, 2014 10:45am EDT

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participates in an event on empowering woman and girls, at the World Bank in Washington May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participates in an event on empowering woman and girls, at the World Bank in Washington May 14, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a likely Democratic presidential contender, said she has "moved on" from the scandal surrounding her husband President Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky.

"I think everybody needs to look to the future," Clinton said in an interview with People magazine released on Wednesday.

The interview came ahead of the June 10 publication of Clinton's memoir "Hard Choices," about her time at the State Department.

Lewinsky, the former White House intern, returned to the public eye last month by writing an essay published in Vanity Fair about the scandal that marred Bill Clinton's second term as president and led to his historic impeachment.

Mrs. Clinton said she had not read the essay, but some of her Republican detractors have recently raised the Lewinsky affair as a way to criticize her possible bid for the presidency.

The country's top diplomat between 2009 and 2013, Clinton has also faced persistent criticism from Republicans over the 2012 attack on the American outpost in Benghazi, Libya, which left four dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Clinton is expected to address her foreign policy record directly while touring the country promoting her book. She is scheduled to appear in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other major North American cities in the coming weeks.

Clinton has said she will decide whether to run for the White House after November's midterm elections, but she is widely considered the Democratic front-runner. Preliminary national polls show her with a considerable lead over other possible contenders from her party, including Vice President Joe Biden.

"I'm certainly in the camp that says we need to break down that highest, hardest glass ceiling in American politics," Clinton said of the possibility of having a woman in the White House. She spoke about this theme while running unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination in 2008.

"To have a woman president is something I would love to see happen, but I'll just have to make my own decision about what I think is right for me."

(Reporting by Gabriel Debenedetti; Editing by Tom Brown)

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Comments (5)
4825 wrote:
Hard to look beyond the Lewinsky scandal. It consumed our nations history for such a long while. Her husband committed perjury and was impeached because of it. She has had many opportunities to testify under oath and her answer all too often was’ “I don’t recall” or “what difference does it make?” There have been many scandals that Grandma Hillary and Bill have been involved in, together in many cases but also individually. There is a lot of baggage that comes along with her and I am sure she would love for everyone to just forget about all those skeletons in the closet. Time will tell but I suspect many will remember these because they were so defining for the Clintons.

Jun 04, 2014 10:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Alexaisback wrote:
Yes, Monica Lewinsky was left without a husband, without child,
without meaningful employment,
The young lady continues to be the butt of many a joke.
I read an article where she cannot even go into a restaurant.
but Hillary has moved on from destroying this child’s life.
” I’ve moved on ” Unfortunately Monica is not able to.
It is akin to a teacher having sex with a child,
abusing the relationship. A clergyman, priest or a doctor.
. And leaving behind a destroyed youth.
. If it was your child ……….
If your child was the intern, and you trusted
and you were proud, and you thought her life was
really heading in the right direction,

Jun 04, 2014 12:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
The_Traveler wrote:
4825 posted: “It consumed our nations history for such a long while.”

Wow. 1 whole year, December ’98 to December ’99. Nothing compared to having the Republicans waste time and taxpayer money over trying to defeat the ACA for what, 6 years now? Or hashing and rehashing Benghazi going on 3 years, again at taxpayer expense …

“Her husband committed perjury and was impeached because of it.”

Impeachment proceedings of which he was acquitted in February, 1999 of ALL CHARGES by the Senate due to “lack of merit” in the case.

Jun 04, 2014 12:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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