Republican Whip Renews Attack On Clinton
By John King/CNN
WASHINGTON (April 24) -- House Republican Whip Tom DeLay renewed his attacks on President Bill Clinton's integrity on Friday, playing off Democratic outrage that a GOP House committee chairman called the president a "scumbag."
In a sarcastic "open letter" to the House Democratic leadership, DeLay suggested a House debate to determine just what language can be used to describe "an administration that relies on spin, the whole spin and nothing but the spin?
"What should we call a president who hides behind his lawyers, who stonewalls the truth, who employs attack dogs whose only purpose is to destroy the reputations of the innocent victims? I look forward to hearing your response," the letter read.
The president was asked Friday if he wanted to respond to House Government Reform Committee Chairman Dan Burton's "scumbag" remarks, and declined to directly respond.
Clinton said he had made it a policy to ignore personal attacks, saying: "A president cannot repair the breaches in the country, cannot unify a country and cannot lift its vision if he takes personally personal assaults. You can't do it. You just have to blow it off and think about something else."