Candidates & Infidelity

As candidates try to exude their warm image, Katie Couric presents the latest in her series “Primary Questions,” which seem to get the biggest headlines when she delves into personal lives as opposed to some issue.

The issue tonight: Infidelity. Should it affect how people vote? Obviously, Rudy Giuliani has the most personal perspective, and there’s quite a contrast between him and Mike Huckabee.

Here’s some highlights:

Couric: “Harry Truman once said, “A man not honorable in his marital relations is not usually honorable in any other.” Some people say they don’t feel comfortable supporting someone who has not remained faithful to his or her spouse. Can you understand their reservations?”

Giuliani: “Sure, I can. Absolutely. You know, they look the every single part of us. And the only — only thing I can say to people is I’m not perfect, you know? And I’ve made mistakes in my life. And — and that – not — not just in that area. In other areas and I try to learn from it. I try to — I feel sorry about them. I try to — I try to learn from them so I don’t repeat them.

Sometimes I even repeat them and you — you try again. I mean, you — you — so — I have a — maybe a more generous view of human beings and a more generous view of life. I mean, it comes from growing up as a Catholic. I mean, we’re all sinners. We’re all struggling. We’re all trying hard. We ask for forgiveness, and then we try to improve ourselves again. And I’ve — relate to other people that way. Relate to the world that way.”

Here’s Huckabee:

“If you violate the promise that you made to the one person on earth to whom you’re supposed to be closest to, and this vow was made in front of your families, your closest friends, and God, and you don’t keep that, then can we trust you to keep a promise that you made to people you don’t even know?”

And Hillary Clinton.

Clinton: “Well, I can certainly understand why some people would feel that way, and … that is their perfect right to do so. But I think … would be a tough standard for most of American history to be able to meet, when we look at people who have made a big difference in our country.

I think there’s more to someone’s honor and integrity, and to their public service. I think sometimes we confuse the private and the public in ways that are not necessarily useful. So, of course, it’s a deeply personal matter that I take personally. But I think on the public stage, there are a number of people who have represented our country, led our country, accomplished great achievements on behalf of our country who might have some challenges in their personal life, but have made a great contribution.”

And John McCain.

“You and I know that there have been some leaders in American history — latest information about Franklin Delano Roosevelt. I happen to still think that Franklin Delano Roosevelt was an important president at a time in our history when we needed some courage. And so, it’s — that’s just frankly, a judgment that I leave to others.”

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