Ford: Clinton Was a Sex Addict, Cheney a Liability

New book offers a look at ex-president's unvarnished opinions
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2007 11:21 AM CDT
Former 38th U.S. President, Gerald Ford stresses a point in this 2005 file photo.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Gerald Ford respected Bill Clinton’s prodigious political skills but thought he needed therapy for sex addiction, according to a new book of interviews the ex-president gave for posthumous publication. Ford also said Dick Cheney was a GOP liability in 2004 and recommended replacing him with Rudy Giuliani, though he refused to help oust his onetime protégé.

The author of Write It When I'm Gone—who acknowledges Ford may have been spinning history—said he thinks the comments about Clinton were heartfelt. Ford “didn't have a vengeful bone in his body,” says Thomas DeFrank. Ford called Hillary Clinton “tougher and stronger” than her husband and said Giuliani was the Republicans’ best bet to beat her in 2008.