Clinton candid on Oprah

June 22, 2004 at 12:21 PM
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CHICAGO, June 22 (UPI) -- Former President Bill Clinton told a star-struck audience at the Oprah show they should judge politicians on their positions and remember they are human.

Clinton's 957-page autobiography, "My Life," was released Tuesday as Clinton continued book tour appearances two days after CBS aired an interview by anchorman Dan Rather on "60 Minutes."

Oprah asked questions about the Monica Lewinsky affair, the impeachment trial, the Ken Starr investigation and the state of Clinton's marriage. Clinton was open about his mistakes and charmed the mostly female audience.

Asked what advice on men he had given his daughter, Chelsea, he said, "none."

Clinton said his year of marriage counseling was the first time he had opened up about his childhood with an abusive, alcoholic stepfather -- an experience that taught him to lead what he called "parallel lives" -- separating private feelings from public duties.

Politicians are real people "not cartoons," he said. "They should be judged on their positions."

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