Views on the Clinton controversy from campuses around the country

The Pitt News (U. Pittsburgh)

“No article of the Constitution says the president has to be of `good moral character.’ While Americans deserve to know whether their president is a philanderer, adultery is not something on which he should be impeached. He should be impeached for lying under oath about the affair, obstructing justice and manipulating others into lying about it.”

Daily Nebraskan (U. Nebraska)

“Ken Starr’s report was explicit enough for readers to know our president lied and for impeachment proceedings to begin, if need be. The testimony’s release is nothing but a blatant partisan scheme to further embarrass and weaken the president. It’s the gruesome outcome of political vultures ready and willing to bury grubby beaks in a dead man if it could result in their own political gain.”

Harvard Crimson (Harvard U.)

“The president should resign because nobody – not members of Congress and not the citizens who elected him – can or should be expected to take his cue anymore. Clinton the man is incapable of carrying the Clinton agenda. On the international scene, the situation is equally dire. The only superpower in the world has been reduced to a laughing stock, where extramarital oral sex is the only affair of state.”

Columbia Daily Spectator (Columbia U.)

“With the delivery of independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s report to Congress last week, its subsequent publication on the Internet and the current Congressional drive toward impeachment proceedings, the scandal over Clinton’s admitted and well-documented affair with Monica Lewinsky has so damaged his presidency that political recovery seems impossible and unworthy of the American people’s time. For the sake of the country, the president should resign.”

The State News (Michigan State U.)

“The now-proven affair with Monica Lewinsky is a national embarrassment that received international attention and has held that attention for some time. As Clinton conducts relations with foreign countries, his actions and leadership abilities are being brought into question by world leaders. For a president to be an effective leader, it is necessary for that individual to possess the trust of staff and constituents. President Clinton has suffered a serious loss in trust – a loss that will be impossible to recover.”

Kentucky Kernel (U. Kentucky)

“All the confession in the world couldn’t seem to stop the media from allotting beaucoup space for the pornographic monologue to end all pornographic monologues. Not to mention that the account is one-sided. Or that, according to some legal experts, it doesn’t constitute a `high crime or misdemeanor,’ a key criterion for impeaching a president.”

Daily Texan (U. Texas-Austin)

“The Starr report, though it confirms that Clinton was shamefully dishonest during his testimony in Paula Jones’ civil suit, doesn’t uncover horrific illegal activity, unless the cigars in question were from Cuba. The details in it are enough to make Jay Leno blush, and down deep it’s hard to blame Clinton for covering up an affair with a woman roughly the same age as his daughter.”

Daily Trojan (U. Southern California)

“We know President Clinton isn’t the most upstanding leader we’ve ever had, but then again, he isn’t the first president to be accused of infidelity. Ultimately, you are the one who will decide whether President Clinton should resign or be removed from office. Public sentiment in polls has held all along that people generally don’t care if the president can’t keep his pants on.”

The Oracle (U. South Florida)

“When first directed to investigate the president, Kenneth Starr was looking into the Whitewater real estate deals. Yet Whitewater is not mentioned in any of the 445 pages of the counsel’s report, nor is it an area of inquiry still under investigation. It is unconscionable that a report that took four years to assemble makes no mention of its findings regarding the initial basis of the entire investigation.”

Daily Forty-Niner (California State U., Long Beach)

“Although Clinton did have many positives in his six years as president, it seems very unlikely Americans will give him the respect a president of the United States deserves. America should respect Clinton for going on national television and admitting to the world that he has sinned, but now that we know, he should quit apologizing and accept whatever punishment he receives.”

Indiana Daily Student (Indiana U.)

“We all know President Clinton had an inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky. We all know Kenneth Starr has issued a report about it. We also know that now the president is in danger of being impeached. These are all examples of a very basic knowledge of the situation, yet based upon this small amount of information the general public possesses, the media is approaching people on the street and asking their opinion. How can anyone with such limited knowledge of the situation provide a newsworthy opinion?”

The Chronicle (Duke U.)

“As the next millennium approaches, the nation is fixated by a sex scandal that should never have happened. The upcoming Congressional elections, the president’s initiatives on education or race and the continuing issues of crime and teenage drug use have all been relegated to the back pages as Starr, Clinton and Lewinsky air their dirty laundry on the front page.”

-Compiled by Helder Gil from

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