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Stephanopoulos corrects Putnam on Lewinsky scandal
From CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- For a fleeting moment Sunday, it seemed as if Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Florida, had successfully landed a stinging political jab against a Democratic adversary and a one-time Democratic operative turned respected media star.

Except for one thing, the facts got in the way. Putnam was defending the House GOP leadership's handling of the Foley page scandal on 'This Week with George Stephanopoulos,' when he decided to refer to the President Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal.

"His resignation was demanded within hours," Putnam said of Foley. "Contrast that to previous scandals, where, frankly, two people at this table have had to cover for their former boss' sexual misdeeds while in office, and did not demand his resignation."

Putnam was specifically needling Stephanopoulos and the other guest, Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Illinois, both veterans of the Clinton White House. "First of all, let me correct you on something," Stephanopoulos responded. "I left the White House in 1996."

The Clinton/Lewinsky scandal did not become public until 1998.
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