January 28, 1998

"Tonight, I propose that we reserve 100 percent of the surplus - that's every penny of every surplus - until we have taken all the measures necessary to strengthen the Social Security system for the 21st century."

President Clinton

"The great story here for anybody willing to find it and write about it and explain it is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president."

First lady Hillary Clinton

"There are people we would call a 'clutch' - they come to events trying to see the president, hang around trying to go to events they shouldn't go to. We noticed that Monica Lewinsky was trying to do this. She kept making her way back to the West Wing."

Mary Ellen Glynn, former White House deputy press secretary

"Is Monica Lewinsky, who came to the White House as a 21-year-old intern, part of a right-wing conspiracy? Is Janet Reno? She had to approve the expansion of Kenneth Starr's investigation. How about Newsweek magazine, NBC News, ABC News, CNN, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times? They are all pretty liberal - and they are the ones doing the story."

L. Brent Bozell, chairman of the conservative Media Research Center

"It would be my hope that, as this matter proceeds, that there would be a turning down of the decibel level and a real effort made to find out the facts before accusations are made against anybody. And that applies to both President Clinton and Mr. Starr."

Sen. Arlen Specter, a Republican from Pennsylvania

Pub Date: 1/28/98

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