Clinton: 'What the American People Have Got to Decide Is Whether They Believe People Like Me'

Eric Scheiner | October 18, 2012 | 12:55pm EDT
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( - Former President Bill Clinton, who was held in contempt of court by a federal judge for giving false testimony, told an audience at an Obama campaign rally on Thursday: "What the American people have got to decide is whether they believe people like me."

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Speaking in Parma, Ohio, Clinton weighed the relative merits of President Obama's economic plans and those of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “The question is which path will fix it," Clinton said. "What the American people have got to decide is whether they believe people like me, who are little bit on the outside of this, that this was the biggest economic crash since the great depression.

“It continued for a full year after the president took the oath of office," said Clinton. "We were going down hill. He had to stop that, put a floor under it and begin the long road back.”

In 1999 U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright held then-President Clinton in contempt of court for giving "false, misleading and evasive answers that were designed to obstruct the judicial process" in testimony in a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones.

In 1998 the House of Representatives impeached Clinton charging him with "high crimes and misdemeanors" for lying under oath and obstructing justice to cover up an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Clinton was later acquitted by the Senate on the impeachment charges.

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