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   Bill Clinton defends Bosnia remarks

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4/11/2008 11:00 am

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Entered 4/12/2008, Updated 4/12/2008

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By MIKE ALLEN | 4/11/08 4:39 AM EST Updated: 4/12/08 9:09 AM EST Former President Bill Clinton said his wife asked him to stop talking about her trip to Bosnia. Clinton told reporters in Indiana Friday, "Hillary called me and said 'You don't remember this. You weren't there, let me handle it.' I said, 'Yes ma'am.'" On Thursday, the former president gave a passionate defense of his wife’s claim about “landing under sniper fire” — just as the damaging controversy was dying down. Bill Clinton said the news media treated her like she had “robbed a bank” and claimed she was experiencing end-of-day fatigue, even though she had made the claim in morning speeches. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) acknowledged two weeks ago that she “misspoke” and “made a mistake” in her overly vivid account of the 1996 landing in Tuzla, Bosnia, during a goodwill mission as first lady. Video of a tranquil arrival ceremony refuted the claim, and her comments hurt her struggling campaign by reviving questions about her candor. On Thursday he revived the issue by claiming the comments were true during a “Solutions for America” campaign event in at Boonville High School in Boonville, Ind. Here are his comments, recorded by networks and reported by CBS News:


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