Wednesday, December 18, 2002


NEW YORK (CNN) -- Former President Clinton said Wednesday it is "pretty hypocritical" of Republicans to criticize incoming Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott for stating publicly what he said the GOP does "on the back roads every day."

"How do they think they got a majority in the South anyway?" Clinton said outside a business luncheon he was attending. "I think what they are really upset about is that he made public their strategy."

He added: "They try to suppress black voting, they ran on the Confederate flag in Georgia and South Carolina, and from top to bottom the Republicans supported it."

The former president then said, "He just embarrassed them by saying in Washington what they do on the back roads every

He accused Republicans of "trying to run black voters away from the polls" in states such as Arkansas, Louisiana and Florida.
Clinton also cited recent gubernatorial elections in Georgia and South Carolina, won by Republicans.


"I think the way the Republicans have treated Senator Lott is pretty hypocritical since right now their policy is, in my view,
inimical to everything that this country stands for," Clinton said.

The sound you hear is that of the squeals of self-righteous fury being angrily tapped into 5000 Blackberries in DC bars.