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At a rally in Macon, Ga., Republican candidate explained why he does not think Hillary Clinton should be president, citing both her stamina and her scandals. "How does a person have that many emails," he questioned as the crowd applauded.
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At a rally in Macon, Ga., Republican candidate explained why he does not think Hillary Clinton should be president, citing both her stamina and her scandals. "How does a person have that many emails," he questioned as the crowd applauded.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has spent a week bashing Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton – but an old blog post unearthed Tuesday shows he once thought she’d make a “great president.”

The blog post, discovered by BuzzFeed, was penned during the 2008 presidential primaries amid talk of a Democratic “dream ticket.” Noting that one member of Barack Obama’s team had said Clinton would make a good vice president, Trump wrote: “I know Hillary and I think she’d make a great president or vice president.”

The surfacing of the item came as Trump has stepped up attacks on the former president’s past peccadilloes, along with controversial comments he made during Hillary Clinton’s 2008 primary fight against Obama.

“You look at whether it’s Monica Lewinsky or Paula Jones or many of them,” Trump said Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show, referring to women associated with Bill Clinton. “That certainly will be fair game. Certainly if they play the woman’s card with respect to me, that will be fair game.”

Trump recently has been highlighting Bill Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky, then a White House intern, saying that the former president has a “penchant for sexism.”

That line refers to an interview Hillary Clinton gave last week to the The Des Moines Register in which she accused Trump of harboring a “penchant for sexism” after he said she got “schlonged” in her 2008 primary loss to then-Sen. Obama.

The back and forth comes as Bill Clinton, described by his wife as her “not-so-secret weapon,” prepares to make his first campaign trip next Monday in New Hampshire.

The families have a complicated past: The Clintons attended Trump’s third wedding in 2005, and Trump has contributed to the Clinton Foundation. The Washington Post reported in August that Bill Clinton had called Trump before he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination, and reportedly “encouraged Trump’s efforts to play a larger role in the Republican Party.”

Lesley Clark: 202-383-6054, @lesleyclark

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