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Special Event

Clinton Briefly Addresses INS Decision to Send Boy Back to Cuba

Aired January 5, 2000 - 3:54 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

WILLIAM J. CLINTON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: ... that they made after an exhaustive review of the facts. And I told you when we started this, that I would do my best to keep this decision out of politics, and We have done that. We have not been involved in it. I'm convinced that they followed the law and facts, did the best they could with the decision.

QUESTION: President, are you concerned that there may not be as much support within the Democratic caucus as you'd like for your program, since issue that is passed is one less issue that could be used in an election to retake Congress.

CLINTON: Well, the short answer to your question is no, because I think if you look at the progress we have made in the last three or four years, it has not weakened the Democrats. The people hire us to come to work here every day. We all draw a paycheck, paid for by the taxpayers.

BOBBIE BATTISTA, CNN ANCHOR: Very brief comments there from President Clinton. Today, in the Rose Garden, about the decision by the INS to send little six-year-old Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba.

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