Via The Page: “Bill Clinton tells NBC’s Portland, Maine affiliate that he is not a “spouse like any other spouse who can defend his candidate” and now knows he needs to be more careful on the stump.”
Watch the interview:
H/T to Taylor.
UPDATE: AP News expands on this story, reporting that Bill Clinton said he “learned a lesson from the dustup over his remarks on the campaign trail — he can promote his wife’s presidential candidacy, but he’s not free to defend her.”
Bill Clinton also said that everything he said in South Carolina about Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was “factually accurate,” but a lot that has been said about what he said is “factually inaccurate.”
“I think the mistake that I made is to think that I was a spouse like any other spouse who could defend his candidate,” Clinton said, referring to his wife, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is waging a hard-fought contest with Obama for the Democratic nomination. [...]
“A lot of the things that were said were factually inaccurate,” Clinton said. “I did not ever criticize Senator Obama personally in South Carolina. … But I think whenever I defend her, I, A, risk being misquoted, and, B, risk being the story. I don’t want to be the story.”
While he’s toned down his defense of his wife, Clinton said he doesn’t intend to stop campaigning for her even though some critics have suggested it’s inappropriate for a former president to take sides in a nomination race.
If his wife is elected president, Clinton said he will not interfere with her work or her advisers.
“I will do what I’m asked to do,” Clinton said. “I will not be in the Cabinet. I will not be on the staff full-time. I will not in any way interfere with the work of a strong vice president, strong secretary of State, strong secretary of Treasury.
“I will do what we’ve always done for each other,” he said. “I will let her bounce ideas off me. I will tell her what I think.”
The media has played a big role in distorting what Bill Clinton has said, in my opinion and this isn’t the first time he has pointed this out. And of course all who are complaining that Bill Clinton is taking an active role in Hillary’s campaign would probably be thrilled if he was campaigning for Obama.