Bill Admits He Is Unlike 'Any Other Spouse'
Playing offense for Hillary was inapt, ex-prez says
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2008 2:21 PM CST
Former President Bill Clinton speaks on behalf of his wife, Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, at Dillard University in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Alex...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Bill Clinton said yesterday he took the wrong approach in defending his wife before the South Carolina primary. “The mistake that I made is to think that I was a spouse like any other spouse," he said in an interview with a TV reporter in Maine. "I can promote Hillary but not defend her, because I was president."

The ex-leader of the free world told WCSH of Portland that he “learned a valuable lesson from all that dust-up.” He added the campaign was not his, and the presidency would not be his: “I don’t want to be the story.” Clinton rejected charges he personally attacked Barack Obama, saying "I never criticized him personally."