- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Tuesday that President Clinton is “certainly fair game” if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plays the “woman card” in the 2016 presidential campaign.

“You look at whether it’s Monica Lewinsky or Paula Jones or many of them, and that certainly will be fair game,” Mr. Trumpsaid on NBC’s “Today” program. “Certainly, if they play the woman’s card with respect to me, that will be fair game.”

“What I’m saying is very simple: if she is going to play the woman card - because I’ll do more for women than Hillary Clinton is going to do for women, including the safety of our country, which is good for everybody,” he said. “But if she’s going to play, which she started about a week ago…playing up the women’s card very, very strongly, and if she’s going to play that game, and if he’s going to be out there campaigning, then he’s certainly fair game and I think just about everybody agrees with me on that.”

Mr. Trump said Mr. Clinton “failed really badly” during the 2008 presidential campaign.

“He, frankly, did a very poor job in campaigning, if you want to know the truth,” he said. “Perhaps he’ll do well or perhaps he’ll do poorly. But if she’s going to play the [woman] card, it’s all fair game.”

Mr. Trump was also asked about quotes from a 2008 CNN interview in which he said Mr. Clinton got into trouble with something that was “totally unimportant” and that the effort to impeach him was “nonsense.”

“Well, you know, I tell this to everybody…I’m dubbed as a world-class businessman, which, frankly, that’s what I am,” he saidTuesday. “And I got along with everybody. I got along with the Clintons, I got along with the Republicans, the Democrats, the liberals, the conservatives - that was my obligation as a businessman, I had to get along with everybody.”

“And I’ll be able to do that as president - I’ll be able to bring people together,” he said. “But I got along with the Clintons and I got along with everybody, virtually, because…when I needed approvals, when I needed something from Washington, I always got what I wanted. And that’s because I was able to get along with everybody.”

 

“When I was a businessman, I had an obligation to myself, my family [and] my company to get along with everybody and I did that probably better than most,” he said.

 

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