Saturday, July 26, 2003

William Bennett talks about his gambling:

Family values advocate William Bennett rejects reports that he lost $8 million at casinos over 10 years but acknowledged it was "a lot of money." "Maybe not too much, given what I made, but too much given who I am and what I do," the former education secretary said. "I think it was just best to call it quits." In an interview to be aired Saturday on CNBC's "Tim Russert" show, Bennett said he was never a gambling addict, and that his history of betting shouldn't diminish his credibility. "I'm not a hypocrite," he said. "I never got on the soapbox about gambling.".....

Bennett said the amount of his losses is nobody's business. "It was a high level, was a lot of money," he said, and "counting up, has made a difference in our lives."