2000 Election Flashback
...But Hastert's No. 2, Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, said [he] deserves a zone of privacy.
"He, like every one of us, has a few things that we'd just as soon not talk about in front of our children from when we were younger," he said. "To his credit, and I wish more people seeking public office would have the credit to put their family first on occasion." ...
But of course, it was actually a comment about then Governor Bush made when it was revealed that at the tender age of 30, he had been arrested for drunk driving in Maine. After first lying about it:
...That 1998 exchange, documented in a September profile of Hughes in The New Republic, ended quickly with Bush saying he hadn't been arrested for anything after 1968, the year he was said to have been hauled in for a college fraternity prank.
...In an impromptu news conference Thursday night, Bush confirmed to reporters in Wisconsin that he was "apprehended" in Kennebunkport, Maine, in September of 1976 by a police officer who pulled Bush's car to the side of the road because Bush was driving too slowly after consuming a number of beers. His blood-alcohol content was determined to be 0.10, the legal limit at the time. ...
At the time, the Republicans found the timing of the announcement to be the most suspicious issue. Not the lying, not operating heavy machinery in public while intoxicated. This year, don't let them get away with the spin.