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CLINTON SHOULD HAVE REFUSED TO ANSWER SUCH PERSONAL QUESTIONS

Hillary Rodham Clinton got it half right last week when she told a radio host that questions about her marriage and drug use were "out of bounds." But then Clinton proceeded to answer the inquiries. . . .

Clinton is an all-but-formally declared candidate for a U.S. Senate seat and, as such, is certainly a public figure who ought to expect to be questioned by the press. In that context, virtually any question dealing with New York politics, state issues or foreign policy is fair game.

Indeed, New York voters have a right to know what this would-be senator who has only been a New York State resident for a couple of weeks thinks about such issues. But her personal life ought to remain personal.

Sometimes the best answer to an impertinent inquiry is silence. In the future, Clinton ought to try that.

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