Clinton Comments On Weiner: ‘We Are A Hundred Miles From That Race’

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Former President Bill Clinton finally addressed Anthony Weiner’s tumultuous New York City mayoral campaign, telling CNN in an interview posted Tuesday that he and his wife Hillary Clinton have maintained a healthy distance from the race.

“We are a hundred miles from that race and everyone understands that we are not going to be involved, as long as our personal friends and people who we feel obligations are involved,” Clinton said in Kigali, Rwanda, where he is doing work for The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, has served as a close confidant to Hillary Clinton, prompting many to wonder about the former first family’s reaction to the latest sexting revelations involving the mayoral hopeful. But the former president said they deliberately avoided getting involved in a race that includes many past supporters.

“Neither Hillary or I was ever involved in the political campaign, and they understood that from the beginning,” Clinton said. “There are too many people running for mayor who have been my supporters, who supported her for senator, her for president.”


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