WikiLeaks: Hillary Clinton Didn’t Correct ‘Open Marriage’ Label of Her Relationship with Bill

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (R) shakes hands with husband and former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L) after the Presidential Debate with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York.
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In private, Hillary Clinton said she was “proud” of her relationship with her “life partner” Bill Clinton when she was asked about her “open marriage” during an event.

The private transcript of Clintons Q-and-A exchange with a parent was included in the Wikileaks release of emails from campaign chief John Podesta’s private email account.

The person asking Clinton the question noted that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was bad on women’s issues, but that Clinton was perhaps setting a bad example for children by sticking with her husband despite his marital affairs.

“You stay married, people call it an open marriage,” the person asked. “Good example, bad example? Am I totally off base?”

Clinton argued that Republicans had failed by attacking her marriage, and that voters cared about the issues more than her relationship with her husband.

“I feel like this is something that was dealt with in the nineties, and I am more than willing to have people draw their own conclusions,” she said. “But, I’ve been married now for a very long time and I’m very proud of that marriage.”

Clinton explained that staying with Bill Clinton was the result of her “values,” and that she was proud of her daughter Chelsea and her two grandchildren.

“I’m going to continue to live my life in accordance with my values and I’m very happy to have a life partner that I’ve been with for many, many years,” she concluded.

The transcript was emailed by Hillary Clinton’s research director Tony Carrk to former Clinton adviser Karen Dunn, who was helping the campaign with debate preparations in January 2015.

“This transcript is NOT public, but for reference for the answer,” Carrk wrote, apparently discussing how Hillary Clinton would respond to debate questions about her relationship with Bill Clinton.

Full transcript below:


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