THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT STAKEOUT POSITION
6:20 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: I'd like to make a brief statement about the jury verdict in Arkansas today. First of all, the jury has completed its work and they obviously worked for quite a long time and debated this thoroughly and tried to make a good decision. So I think we should all accept that.
Obviously, on a personal level, I'm very sorry for Governor Tucker and for Jim and Susan McDougal. But the jury has decided. I was asked to give testimony; I did that. And for me, it's time to go back to work. That's what I intend to do.
Q Do you think Governor Tucker should resign?
THE PRESIDENT: I don't want to comment on that. I think those questions have to be resolved by the people involved and in terms of what their other options are. I don't want to comment on that. I just think that this is a day for saying that these jurors worked a long time, they were out for an extended period of time, they reached their verdict. And as I said, for me it's more of a personal thing today. I'm very sorry for them personally.
But I did what I was asked to do, and now I've got to go back to work. That's what I intend to do.
Q Sir, do you think this is a repudiation of your statements?
Q Did the jurors not believe you, sir? Did the jurors not believe you?
THE PRESIDENT: You ought to ask them that. I doubt that. I doubt that that's what was going on. But you ought to ask them. I don't know.
END 6:22 P.M. EDT