Clinton's Trip

October 09, 1992

Bill Clinton's past statements about his anti-war activities and trip to Moscow:

Dec. 3, 1969 While a student at Oxford University in England, Clinton wrote to Col. Eugene Holmes, director of the Reserve Officers Training Corps program at the University of Arkansas:

"I have written and spoken and marched against the war. One of the national organizers of the Vietnam Moratorium is a close friend of mine. After I left Arkansas last summer, I went to Washington to work in the national headquarters of the Moratorium, then to England to organize the Americans here for demonstrations Oct. 15 and Nov. 16."

October 1978 An article in the Arkansas Gazette, reporting Clinton's response during the Arkansas governor's race to a retired Air Force officer's assertion that he should not be elected because he participated in anti-war protests:

"Clinton said ... he had attended two" protests, "at Oxford and at Washington. He went to hear the speeches and he did not conduct himself in a way he should be ashamed of, Clinton said."

September 1982 Another article in the Arkansas Gazette, reporting Clinton's response to Republican Gov. Frank White's charge that he had "never run anything in his life except anti-war demonstrations":

Mr. Clinton said that he had "no idea what he could be talking about."

June 1989 A guest column in the Arkansas Gazette by a visiting Soviet journalist noted in passing that Clinton had spent a week in Moscow in the early 1970s and quoted him as saying: "Relations between our two countries were pretty good then. It ++ was a time of detente and the American moon landing had just been shown on Soviet television all over the country. ... I love riding the trains in Russia and the black bread, too."

Oct. 5, 1992 Referring to the Moscow trip during an appearance on CNN's "Larry King Live," Clinton said: "It was the first week of 1970, and actually relationships were thawing between our two countries. I was a student in England and I took a 40-day trip across northern Europe, through all the Scandinavian countries; spent Christmas with a family friend, a friend of mine in Helsinki, and then I went into Russia and spent a week and then came out through Czechoslovakia, and then went back to England. And I had an interesting week there, but I paid for my own trip. Nobody paid for it."

Oct. 7 --On the "Donahue" show, Clinton was asked, "Were you part of a 'march against death' on the United States Embassy in London in 1969?"

Clinton replied: "I don't remember that it was called that. I have said repeatedly that I was in two or three marches during the course of my life as an opponent of the Vietnam War. And one time I did go to the United States Embassy, and there were a couple of hundred people there I don't remember it being a big crowd, and I don't remember that being the title of it. But I did go there. A bunch of us from Oxford went down for it."

Q.: "And you were alone in Moscow on New Year's Eve in 1969?"

Clinton: "That's right."

Q.: You traveled alone?

Clinton: "I was by myself. And I just met people along the way, but I didn't have any particular agenda there. I went there because I wanted to see Moscow."

Oct. 8, 1992 Clinton told reporters that his Soviet trip was an "eventful, interesting week for me doing the things you would expect someone to do who'd never been to Russia before."

President Bush remarks about Mr. Clinton's trip and his anti-war activities.

Oct. 7, 1992 On "Larry King Live," President remarks about Clinton's Moscow trip and his anti-war activities: "I don't have the facts, but to go to Moscow one year after Russia crushed Czechoslovakia, not remember who you saw ... I really think the answer is, level with the American people ... You can remember who you saw in the airport in Oslo, but you can't remember who you saw in Moscow....

"I'm just saying level with the American people on the draft, on whether he went to Moscow, how many demonstrations he led against his own country from a foreign soil. Level. Tell us the truth, and let the voters then decide who to trust or not."

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