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Flowers tells all

Published Jun. 9, 1994|Updated Oct. 7, 2005

She arrived in a white stretch limo with her agent and her message for America _ or at least the people she says haven't been brainwashed by the liberal media.

The message is this: Bill Clinton is a dangerous man who shouldn't be president of the Floral City Rotary Club, much less the most powerful nation in the world.

The Gennifer Flowers Traveling Road Show and Revival Meeting rolled into Tampa on Wednesday morning and pitched a tent at the WFLA radio studios. For three hours, she was the one and only guest on The Mark Larsen Show.

She was dressed in a conservative brown jacket, black pants and heels, and she spoke with a soft, even Southern accent. She could've passed for a school principal or a real estate broker.

Instead, she's selling how-to tapes on the dismantling of Bill Clinton.

Flowers, 44, is the one-time Little Rock, Ark., nightclub singer and former state employee who at first denied and then admitted having a 12-year affair with Clinton while he was attorney general and then governor of Arkansas.

The President has said the affair "didn't happen," although he later admitted there had been "problems" in his marriage.

Either way, Flowers is traveling the country selling two cassette tapes and a 70-page transcript of four phone conversations she says she had with Clinton in 1990-91. The tapes, titled Setting The Record Straight, cost $19.95 and can be ordered by calling (800) 633-4600.

Flowers didn't specifically say what was on the tapes, but when reporters listened to them at a press conference last month, they found extensive discussions between Clinton and Flowers about how to deflect media inquiries into rumors of Clinton's womanizing. But according to the Associated Press and other news organizations, there was little evidence to settle the controversy.

In other words, no smoking gun.

The calls ran about 3-to-1 in favor of Flowers. Those who sided with her agreed Clinton's character is questionable, and those who disagreed saw Flowers as someone who is attacking an American symbol. To them, it didn't matter what Clinton had done before he took office. What Flowers is doing is undermining the presidency. And the country.

Did she have an abortion while she was seeing Clinton?

"Yes, I did."

Was it Clinton's child?

"Yes."

Did he pay for the abortion?

"Yes, he gave me $200 in cash. It was 1977."

Flowers claims Clinton is a deceitful, power-hungry opportunist who has more skeletons in his closet than an anthropologist. She told of how he approached her in 1977, when she was working as a reporter for a Little Rock TV station. At the time, he was attorney general of Arkansas.

"He said, "Well! Where did they find you?' " she said. "I thought, "Brother, this guy's coming on to me.' "

She said Clinton was cute and charming. And very persistent.

"He kept calling me at the station," she said. "I kept saying I had to go. But he kept wanting to talk."

She also said Clinton, after he decided to run for president, masterminded a conspiracy to cover up their affair.

"So they were all in bed with the president," Larson said.

"Isn't everybody?" Flowers replied with a grin.

Why are you doing this?

"Because it's very important to me. Look, I'm not a gold-digging bimbo. This message has to get out to the American people."

There's no fury like a woman scorned.

"I had broken up with Bill Clinton before the story broke. I called it off."

You had a relationship for 12 years. Now you're pimping yourself for money . . . in the nude . . .

"Your ignorance is not your bliss. Whether I posed nude has nothing to do with this story."

You don't want to listen.

"I don't want to be insulted."

Flowers admits she could use the money. She sold her story to a tabloid in 1992, she sold her pictures to Penthouse later that year, and she now lives in a modest apartment in Dallas.

But the issue is more than the believability of Flowers or whether she just wants to turn a fast buck.

"I wouldn't be sitting here if Bill Clinton wasn't president," Flowers explained during a break. "I hung in there as long as I could to protect him, but when the story came out and he denied it, I had to defend myself and clear my name.

"Look, I haven't been an angel," she added. "I've made mistakes in my life. But I didn't ask to be President of the United States.

"Thank God we have the right to vote. We've got to open our eyes, listen to these tapes and hear how he's willing to lie and cover up, and vote these people out of office."

She also said she wouldn't be here if the print and television media had done their job and thoroughly investigated Clinton's past. Instead, she said, it was her character the media attacked.

"It'd be easy for me to run and hide," she added. "But if we stick together, we can make a difference. If the man isn't forced to resign in the meantime, we're going to make a difference the next election.

"It's not just me. It's everybody. Hey, come on folks. Open your eyes and realize what's going on."

So, like, how was he?

"I can't say anything bad about him in that respect. He was very considerate and respectful."

Was he, you know, into anything kinky?

"In 12 years, we covered a lot of ground."

Did you ever tie him up?

"Yes."

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