A video clip of former U.S. President Bill Clinton lashing out at pro-life students from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, which was featured on the Drudge Report and brought youtube hundreds of thousands of viewers, exposed a rarely seen irate Clinton.
LifeSiteNews.com spoke today with David Vogel, the man whose questions sparked the angry outburst from Clinton. The YouTube video records only Clinton's irate response, a transcript of which was posted on LifeSiteNews.com a few hours after he made them. "I gave you the answer. We disagree with you," Clinton began in his tirade.
Vogel, a resident of Steubenville and a Catholic recording artist who regularly performs at Franciscan University, told LifeSiteNews.com that at one point during Clinton's speech he was talking about what his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton, was doing for child protection. "What about the thousands who are being aborted," asked Vogel, who could be heard by Clinton, as he was only about 10 feet from the stage. Clinton turned in response, saying, "I'll answer that, you wait and hold your sign, and I'll answer that."
Signs were being held by University students standing with Vogel. One such sign read "Abortion Kills Children", which Vogel notes as a providential coincidence given his line of questioning.
According to Vogel, Clinton went on with other subjects and eventually began speaking about child health care and mentioned Bush's "no child left behind" program. Recalled Vogel, "I hollered: 'No child left behind? What about the 4000 plus children that are scheduled for abortion tomorrow. They are people too and we want answers.'"
At that point, recalls Vogel, Clinton turned, pointed his finger, and began his now infamous tirade. After beginning with "I gave you the answer," which, says Vogel, Clinton did not, Clinton continued: "You wanna criminalize women and their doctors and we disagree. I reduced abortion. Tell the truth, tell the truth, If you were really pro-life, if you were really pro-life, you would want to put every doctor and every mother as an accessory to murder in prison." (for the rest see the LifeSiteNews.com coverage here: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/feb/08021802.html )
Vogel had no chance to respond as Clinton had the stage, the microphone and a cheering crowd of abortion supporters rallying behind him.
However, when asked how he would have responded, Vogel said he liked the line used by Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee: "I have no desire to throw women in jail, I just want to stop throwing babies in the garbage."
Asked who he supported for President, Vogel said that since "we're down to four," referring to Clinton, Obama, McCain and Huckabee, "I feel the most comfortable with Huckabee and next to him would be McCain.
Some of Vogel's music can be sampled on his website: