Clinton's political mistakes: car tags and Ken Starr
(June 23, 2004) - (Little Rock-AP) -- In his autobiography, Bill Clinton counts a mistake he made as Arkansas governor among his two worst political missteps - doubling the price of car tags. He says it was a mistake on par with approving a special prosecutor to investigate Whitewater. That decision led to an eight-year investigation and an impeachment that almost ruined his presidency. In the book, the former president from Arkansas exhaustively chronicles his rise to power from his August 19th, 1946, birth in Hope, through his teenage years in Hot Springs, to college at Georgetown and Yale and his political cultivation in his home state. The narrative spans four decades of Arkansas elections, including his own, for Congress in 1974, attorney general two years later and six races for governor. Clinton complements fellow former governors Dale Bumpers and David Pryor, who he called the state's most popular politician. He also offers a tribute to Frank White, the late banker who unseated him as governor in a 1980 upset. He also acknowledges affairs with Gennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky.