Dec 29, 2015 10:23 AM

Steinhauser: Trump brings up Lewinsky in attacks on Bill Clinton

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NASHUA – Call it Bill Clinton vs. Donald Trump

Hours after the former president returns next Monday to New Hampshire for the first time in more than a year, the Republican presidential front runner will be just 20 miles away.

And Trump suggests he may bring up Clinton’s extra marital affair with Monica Lewinsky in the White House during the 1990’s.

Bill Clinton will headline a rally at Nashua Community College at 11:30am on January 4, the Hillary Clinton campaign announced on Monday. In a release the campaign said the Democratic presidential front runner’s husband “will discuss how Hillary Clinton will make a difference for families in the Granite State and across the country.”

The event will be the first time Bill Clinton has campaigned for his wife this election cycle in the first-in-the-nation primary state. The last time the former president stepped foot in the Granite State was in October of last year, when he headlined a major Democratic Party dinner just weeks before the 2014 midterm elections.

That evening, Trump will hold a 7pm rally at the Paul E. Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, just over the border in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Word of the events came as Trump picked up his criticism of the former president.

In a 2008 CNN interview, Trump called Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky “totally unimportant.”

But over the weekend Trump tweeted "Hillary Clinton has announced that she is letting her husband out to campaign but HE'S DEMONSTRATED A PENCHANT FOR SEXISM, so inappropriate!"

Asked about that tweet Tuesday morning in a live interview on NBC’s “Today Show,” Trump said “there was certainly a lot of abuse of women. You look at whether it’s Monica Lewinsky or Paula Jones or many of them and certainly that will be fair game. Certainly if they play the women’s card in respect to me, that will be fair game.”

And Trump took another shot at Bill Clinton, referring to Clinton’s efforts in his wife’s 2008 bid for the Democratic nomination.

“They’re bringing him out again. He’s being wheeled out and we’ll see what happens. But frankly, he did very, very, poorly. He was not good for her. And obviously she lost to Obama,” Trump said.

This after Trump tweeted Monday night that “Bill Clinton was brought in to help Hillary against Obama in 2008. He was terrible, failed badly and was called a racist.

The former president was heavily criticized after he slammed then Sen. Barack Obama after Clinton lost to Obama in the South Carolina primary in January 2008. African-American voters make up a large percentage of the Palmetto State’s Democratic primary electorate. Bill Clinton later commented that the Obama campaign played the race card against him.

Asked about his tweet on the Today Show, Trump responded “all I said was what he said. I don’t believe he is a racist.”

The Clinton campaign said they won’t be distracted by Trump, adding “though Donald Trump has pushed around nearly all of his fellow Republicans, Hillary Clinton won't be bullied or distracted by attacks he throws at her and former President Clinton."

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