In his first television interview since being forced from office in a prostitution scandal, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer talked with CNN about his personal failings, the AIG bailout and President Obama's handling of the economy.
In a wide-ranging discussion, Spitzer told CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" that he thinks he still has a duty to speak about issues like million-dollar bonuses to American International Group executives, but that he comments on the issues "with full awareness and heaviness of heart about what I did."
"I would say to [critics] that I never held myself out as being anything other than human," he said in the interview, which airs Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. "I have flaws as we all do, arguably. I failed in a very important way in my personal life. And I have paid a price for that."
The former governor, a Democrat who led New York from January 2007 until he resigned in March 2008, was hired recently by Slate magazine to write a regular online column.
Spitzer, who was New York's attorney general for eight years, said he is concerned about the economic crisis and other problems the nation is confronting. Read full article »