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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 28, 1996
                      REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
                        AT STAKEOUT POSITION

North Driveway

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