Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

First Lady Denies Use of Anti-Semitic Slur

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

First Lady Denies Use of Anti-Semitic Slur

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NEW YORK -- The Anti-Defamation League yesterday defended Hillary Rodham Clinton against allegations she used an anti-Semitic slur 26 years ago, and the first lady portrayed herself as the victim of a "warehouse of insults" from the Republican Party.

Conservative Jewish leaders, meanwhile, lashed out at her. And her Republican opponent for Senate, Rep. Rick Lazio, said it's up to the voters to decide what to think.

The Anti-Defamation League said in a statement that it takes Clinton at her word that the accusation is false. "Her public record shows no evidence of anti-Semitism, and we do not believe her to hold negative views about Jews," it said.

American Jewish Committee executive director David Harris agreed, adding: "The allegations are highly suspect. Suspect because of their source, suspect because they come 26 years after the alleged incident, and suspect because they come amid a heated Senate campaign."

The accusation is made in a book due out this week that says the first lady uttered the slur the night Bill Clinton lost a congressional bid in Arkansas in 1974.

The book, State of a Union: Inside the Complex Marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton, is by former National Enquirer reporter Jerry Oppenheimer. …

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