John McCain admires Bill Clinton, whom he voted to remove from office.

John McCain admires Bill Clinton, whom he voted to remove from office.

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Oct. 17 2008 1:02 PM

Bygones!

John McCain admires Bill Clinton, whom he voted to remove from office.

John McCain defended Sarah Palin's qualifications last night to David Letterman by citing Bill Clinton's political history: "In all due respect, one of the people I admired most was an obscure governor of a southern state called Arkansas, and he turned out to be a fairly successful president."

In 1999, McCain voted to remove from office this most-admired person: "I am persuaded that the president has violated his oath of office by committing perjury and by obstructing justice, and that by so doing he has forfeited his office."

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John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

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