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First lady delivers pep talk to Democrats

By John King/CNN

December 19, 1998
Web posted at: 5:22 p.m. EST (2222 GMT)

WASHINGTON (December 19) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton's rousing speech to House Democrats Saturday was interrupted three times by standing ovations and at one point she told her audience "We can't let them impeach our ideas."

According to one member, Mrs. Clinton also told Democrats, "I love and care deeply about my husband."

The first lady went to Capitol Hill to shore up Democratic support for her husband, President Bill Clinton, and to thank his defenders.

Several sources familiar with the emotional address tell CNN that Mrs. Clinton recalled her work on the 1974 Watergate Judiciary Committee, and described that process as fair, while criticizing this current impeachment debate as unfair to her husband.

The message Mrs. Clinton received from Democrats was that the president "cannot and must not resign," these sources said.

The extended Democratic leadership, six or eight lawmakers, are scheduled to visit the White House after the vote. But Democratic sources say dozens of members at the caucus meeting asked that the rank-and-file lawmakers be allowed to join in as well, and that a larger group was being considered.


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