Women Urge Clinton to Volunteer for 'Trial by Television'

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Women Urge Clinton to Volunteer for 'Trial by Television'


THE most powerful women's group in America last night called on Bill Clinton to talk to the country on national television about the White House sex-and-perjury scandal.

'The people in this country want to hear him and want to be able to look at him and judge for themselves,' said Patricia Ireland, president of the National Organisation for Women. Mrs Ireland's statement is expected to have an impact on the president because it was the overwhelming support of women that won Mr Clinton his election victories.

It also came as a poll showed Mr Clinton's 'favourability rating' among women beginning to slip down seven per cent from January to 53 per cent this month - since the Monica Lewinsky affair blew up again. Mrs Ireland said: 'The charges in the Lewinsky case are wholly unacceptable if true.

'I think the issue of the President of the United States being a womaniser or a philanderer is something that has to be changed. …

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