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Hillary and Bill...O'Reilly

Ore_clinton2 When Hillary Clinton and Bill O'Reilly squared off in an interview for Wednesday night's The O'Reilly Factor, some hard words were spoken...about Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Clinton really teed off on Barack Obama's former pal and pastor over his claim that the U.S. government cooked up the AIDS virus. "I take offense at it," Clinton said. "I think it's offensive and outrageous. And, you know, I'm going to express my opinion, others can express theirs. But, you know, it is -- it is part of, you know, just an atmosphere that we're in today where all kinds of things are being said. And people have to, you know, decide what they believe. And I sure don't believe the United States government was behind AIDS.”

Among other highlights of the interview, which airs at 8 p.m.:

** She called for a broad crackdown on illegal immigration. "It's broken," Clinton said of U.S. immigration policy. "I share the frustration. I have voted for tougher border controls. I've voted to put more money, more personnel, even a physical barrier where appropriate. I'm 100 percent in favor of tightening our borders, of enforcing the laws against employers, of going after the kind of abuses that we see in the job market, of making it clear that we have got to figure out what we're going to do with people.”

** She promised to play hardball with Iran:  “If Iran were to ever obtain a nuclear weapon, that would be unbelievably bad for us and the world. And I'm going to do everything I can to prevent that from ever happening."

** Clinton blamed rising gasoline prices not on the weakening dollar, growing worldwide demand, or even the oil companies, but on OPEC. "OPEC is a cartel, it's a monopoly...Nine of the 13 biggest oil-producing countries that are in OPEC are also members of the WTO. I would file complaints. I would also change the law so that citizens and businesses could file antitrust actions. We're going to begin to hold them accountable.”

** The war in Iraq has been a military success, Clinton said, but a political failure."I believe that our military has fulfilled all their military missions," she said. "There's no doubt in my mind. They got rid of Saddam Hussein, which they were asked to do. They gave the Iraqis free and fair elections. They gave the Iraqi government the space and time to make the decisions that only the Iraqis can make for themselves. There is no military solution to what we face in Iraq, which is unprecedented."


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