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Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release August 18, 1998


(As Prepared for Delivery)

Late last night I spoke to President Clinton and I expressed to him that I felt he showed courage in acknowledging his mistakes before the American people and accepting responsibility for his actions.

I am proud of him because he is a great President, and I am honored to have him as a friend.

Tipper and I keep him and his family in our thoughts and in our prayers.

I want to again express my strong support for the President, his leadership of this nation and the programs that have lead this country to unprecedented prosperity.

I am honored to work with President Clinton on his agenda for the nation, and I believe it is time to put this matter behind us -- once and for all -- and move forward with the business of the country. Over the past 5 1/2 years President Clinton has led this country to great accomplishments in restoring our economic health, addressing long-neglected social problems and promoting America's strength in the world.

Now it is time to take what he said to heart and move on to the people's business.