Lewinsky advice wrong: McCurry

WASHINGTON: Former White House press secretary Mike McCurry admitted to The Hill last week that his strategy for handling President Clinton's Monica Lewinsky scandal was 'exactly wrong.'

WASHINGTON: Former White House press secretary Mike McCurry admitted to The Hill last week that his strategy for handling President Clinton's Monica Lewinsky scandal was 'exactly wrong.'

WASHINGTON: Former White House press secretary Mike McCurry admitted to The Hill last week that his strategy for handling President Clinton's Monica Lewinsky scandal was 'exactly wrong.'

McCurry was asked by the Washington, DC newspaper in its December 6 issue how he would change his advice to the President if such a scandal were to happen again. He expressed regret over his tactics.

'Give the person some space to work with. (Clinton) denied it initially, in a very tentative way, which should have been a warning signal to all of us.

'We went in there and said, 'You've got to give that forceful denial.

You've got to get in there and tell the American people this is wrong.''

McCurry added: 'All of our advice was exactly wrong. We should have backed off and said, 'Go talk to your lawyers and think it through very carefully, and we'll hold the press at bay until we've found the right answer.' '

McCurry became CEO of Grassroots.com last month.



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