WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton looks ahead to 2016 as the year Americans may finally elect their first-ever female president, but her past is freighted with blemishes and gaffes that could compromise if not sink her campaign.
Ms Clinton intends to draw on her wealth of experience as first lady, US senator and globe-trotting secretary of state to convince voters she is the best person for the job.but the Republican National Committee is already labelling her past as a “decades-long record of secrecy and scandal.” Here’s a look:
The Lewinsky affair President Bill Clinton’s sexual indiscretions have long dogged the superstar Democratic couple.arkansas employee Paula Jones sued Clinton for sexual harassment. The president testified in 1998 that he had intimate relations with former reporter Gennifer Flowers.years earlier, he had sat next to Hillary and insisted on CBS’S “60 Minutes” that accusations of a Clinton-flowers affair were false.
But the truly explosive scandal was the relationship Bill had with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, and the subsequent December 1998 impeachment of Clinton by the House of Representatives for perjury and obstructing a federal investigation.
He was acquitted by the Senate, but the episode is a scab that might be peeled back over the next 18 months.
“It’s not Hillary’s fault,” Republican Senator Rand Paul, himself a likely presidential candidate, said last year about Bill’s trysts.
But Paul said the affair should now be fair game, and warned of the damage of sending a philanderer back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as first husband.
Whitewater Arkansas was a mixed blessing for the Clin- TEHRAN — Iranian state television is reporting that the Islamic Republic has suspended all minor hajj trips to Saudi Arabia amid growing diplomatic tensions between the two countries.
The report Monday said Iran’s Culture Ministry made the decision over alleged abuse suffered by two male Iranian pilgrims travelling through Saudi’s Jeddah airport in March.the alleged abuse, the details of which authorities have not publicly discussed, has sparked unauthorised protests at the Saudi Embassy in Tehran.
Some 500 000 Iranians visit Saudi Arabia each year for the minor hajj, which involves pilgrims visiting Mecca and Medina, two of Islam’s holiest sites.tensions between Shi’ite power Iran and the Sunni kingdom of Saudi Arabia have been strained amid Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen targeting Shi’ite rebels known as Houthis there. — AP
tons. They launched their political dynasty there, but it was also scene of a land-development scandal involving the Clintons while Bill was governor.
He and Hillary teamed up with Whitewater Development Corporation partners Jim and Susan Mcdougal on a business venture that soured in the 1980s. Amid disputes over loans, shady deals and charges of fraud, the Mcdougals went to jail.the Clintons were never prosecuted, but the name Whitewater could serve as a dog whistle for conservatives eager to dredge up the 1990s controversies in Clintonland.
Rich woman, poor woman The Clintons are wealthy by any measure, but that has not always been the case. In Arkansas they lived in relative modesty.although that changed in Washington, Clinton blurted out to ABC television last year that the Clintons were “dead broke” when they left the White House.
They were indeed saddled with Bill Clinton’s huge legal fees from the Lewinsky scandal. But they nonetheless purchased a reported $1.7 million home in Chappaqua, New York in 1999, and a seven-bedroom manor in Washington a year later for $2.85 million.
They both have made millions in speaking fees since, and Hillary quickly clarified later that she has had “terrific” opportunities in ISTANBUL — Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the pope’s remarks describing Armenians as the victims of “the first genocide of the 20th century” are wrong and encourage racism in Europe.
Pope Francis made the comments at a special remembrance mass in St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday.
Turkey immediately recalled its ambassador to the Vatican for consultations in Ankara.
Turkey denies that the mass deportation and killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during World War I was genocide. Armenians say up to 1.5 million people were killed.
The pope’s remarks were “false and nonsensical” and would “contribute to rising racism in Europe,” Davutoglu said late on Sunday, also accusing the Catholic leader of focusing only one side’s suffering. dpa
life.but Republicans could still aim to paint her as out of touch.
Benghazi Perhaps Ms Clinton’s chief failure while top diplomat was the response to the attacks on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya on September 11 2012. Republicans hammer her for not doing enough, and accuse the administration of changing the “talking points” issued by the CIA into downplaying the assault.but what might live on through the 2016 campaign is Ms Clinton’s exasperated response when questioned by Republicans over what prompted the assault that killed four Americans.
“What difference, at this point does it make?” Ms Clinton boomed in a 2013 Senate hearing, in comments that quickly went viral.
Complicating the never-ending Benghazi probe, the House committee investigating the attack learned in March that Ms Clinton contravened government rules by exclusively using a private email account during her four years at the State Department.
Those emails were kept on her private computer server. And while Clinton insisted she gave all official emails to State, she has refused to turn over the server to a neutral party as requested by the House committee’s chairperson. — AFP
Former US President Bill Clinton ( left) and former Secretary of State Hillary rodham Clinton.