Bill tries to provide cover for Hillary from sniper fire
WASHINGTON – Former President Bill Clinton has leaped into the debate over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s exaggerations about her 1996 trip to Bosnia — and got his facts wrong.
Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. first lady, has been accused of playing loose with the facts ever since her dramatic description of arriving in Bosnia under sniper fire was contradicted by the actual videotape of her visit.
The controversy had seemed to run its course — until Thursday, when Bill Clinton got into the act while campaigning for his wife in Indiana.
“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 in 1995,” Clinton said, according to MSNBC.
The former president accused the news media of hyping the story.
“You would’ve 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 11:00 at night, too,” he said.
In fact the trip was in 1996, not 1995 as Clinton said, and Hillary Clinton did not speak about Bosnia at 11 p.m., but repeated the exaggeration several times during day-time campaign events.
Neither did Clinton immediately apologize for the remark. Instead, she has simply said she misspoke.