Anthony Weiner: Meant no 'disrespect' to Clintons
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Anthony Weiner on Tuesday said he meant no "disrespect" to Bill and Hillary Clinton when he professed that he would be "not terribly interested" in their opinion if they urged him to quit the New York City mayoral race.
In a video posted on his campaign website Tuesday night, Weiner vowed to fight on.
"Quit isn't the way we roll in New York City," Weiner said in the spot, filmed in his apartment Saturday. He added, "Someone wants to come out with something embarrassing about you in your private life, you gotta talk about that for a little while."
His wife, Huma Abedin, does not appear in the video.
Abedin is a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton. Former President Bill Clinton officiated at the couple's wedding.
The Clintons have not publicly commented on Weiner's bid for mayor, which has been reeling since revelations of new online exchanges with as many as 10 women.
A close associate of the Clintons voiced confidence Tuesday that they are "deeply displeased" with Weiner's candidacy. "The person they'd be concerned about is Huma," the source said.
The source also said the Clintons would not take their disapproval public, but declined to speculate whether they would privately make their feelings known to the Weiners.
Asked Monday night whether he would leave the race if the Clintons urged him to, Weiner responded, "I am not terribly interested in what people who are not voters in the City of New York have to say." The Clintons live in Westchester County.
Weiner softened his tone Tuesday morning after an upper Manhattan mayoral forum.
"Let me make it very clear, I've got an enormous respect for the Clintons," he said. "They've been enormous friends, to my wife and my family. There should be no intent to disrespect.
"But what I've been trying to make clear is that what is important to me in this race is the ideas that animated me to run."
Weiner, in a Daily News interview published yesterday, was asked if he feared another ex-sext partner may surface. He replied:
"These are people who I thought were friends, people I trusted when I communicated with them. But who knows what they might do now?"
Tuesday night, Weiner spokeswoman Barbara Morgan apologized for criticizing a former campaign intern in an expletive-filled rant published earlier in the evening on the political website Talking Points Memo. The intern, Olivia Nuzzi, had written in the Daily News about what she said was an unpleasant experience with the Weiner team.
Morgan said that "in a moment of frustration, I used inappropriate language in what I thought was an off the record conversation. It was wrong and I am very sorry."
With Matthew Chayes