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Bill and Hillary go Live.


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EDITOR’S NOTE:
This article appears in the July 12, 2004, issue of National Review.

Official Transcript:
Larry King Live
June 20, 2008

LARRY KING: “From Port St. Joe, Florida! You’re on with Bill and Hillary Clinton! Hello!”

CALLER: “Me?”

LARRY KING: “What’s your question, caller?”

CALLER: “I just wanted to know if the Clintons feel like their marriage is stronger now than . . .”

LARRY KING: “Good question, caller. So? Stronger? Weaker? Which? Better? Worse?”

BILL CLINTON: “Well, I think . . .”

HILLARY CLINTON: “It’s hard to . . .”

BILL CLINTON: “Sorry, honey, you go first.”

HILLARY CLINTON: “No, you.”

BILL CLINTON: “No, you.”

HILLARY CLINTON: “No, you.”

BILL CLINTON: “No, you.”

LARRY KING: “Tomorrow night! The whole hour with newlyweds Liza Minnelli and Gary Coleman!”

BILL CLINTON: “But, you know, Larry, I think over the years, we’ve grown closer and closer. Our relationship is stronger and stronger.”

LARRY KING: “Senator?”

HILLARY CLINTON: “Life is complicated, Larry.”

LARRY KING: “You’re telling me! From Walnut Creek, California, you’re on with Bill and Hillary Clinton, hello!”
CALLER: “Hey, Larry. Um . . . I just want to know if Bill Clinton has any more books coming out. I enjoyed the last six a great deal.”

LARRY KING: “What about it? The writing? The books? This is something that’s working?”

BILL CLINTON: “Well, Larry, as you know, I was very gratified by the reception to my autobiography . . .”

LARRY KING: “You’re still calling it an autobiography?”

BILL CLINTON: “. . . I mean, the novelization of my life. You know, I’ll never figure out why some people really had a hard time understanding that. As a writer, I guess, I just felt that it was more important to craft a compelling and full narrative . . .”

LARRY KING: “But they ended up re-shelving the book, right?”

BILL CLINTON: “Yes, some large book chains–most of which are run by extremely conservative people, Larry–moved the book to the ‘New Fiction’ section back in late 2004, but the book did very well and . . .”

LARRY KING: “And you started writing novels for real . . .”

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