Leading Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton, running on the heels of George Bush in the latest polls, has complained that attacks against him during his bid for the White House have been "unprecedented."
The Arkansas governor, appearing Sunday on the NBC television show "Meet the Press," has weathered allegations of adultery and Vietnam War draft-dodging during the race for his party's nomination."I have been subject to attacks in the press that are unprecedented for anybody running for president," Clinton said. "All I have to do, I think, is just keep running and winning elections and demonstrating to the American people that I have a good record of public service."
A Newsweek poll released Saturday indicated that if a general election were held now between Bush and Clinton, the president would win by only a slight margin. Those surveyed favored Bush 48 percent to 44 percent for Clinton.
The next set of presidential primaries will be held Tuesday in Connecticut, with Clinton battling former California Gov. Jerry Brown for the Democrats and Bush fending off the challenge by conservative commentator Patrick Buchanan on the Republican side.
"I think Congress suffers from two great problems. One is that it has been basically entrenched in its ways for a long time and has become increasingly subject to the influence of organized interest groups through the power of PACs (political action committees) in the re-election process," Clinton said.
In New Haven, Conn., on Sunday, Clinton was heckled and booed by a mostly black audience.
Clinton's appearance at a rally in with Brown and the Rev. Jesse Jackson did not augur well for his efforts to capture the black vote - a key constituency of the Democratic Party.
Clinton was booed and jeered by the predominantly black audience upon making his entrance.
African-American leaders chastised Clinton this week for playing golf Wednesday at a segregated golf club in Little Rock, Ark.