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Many Democrats Continue to Stand By President Clinton

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RALEIGH — Some of the President's most dedicated supporters admit the revelations of the past 10 months have shaken their confidence. But they say they are not deserting him in a time of need.

Despite the Washington politics, many democrats, especially minority democrats, are standing with the White House.

"The President has probably been more inclusive in his government than any president in the history of this country, and that's important to African Americans," said Rep. Thomas Wright of the N.C. Legislative Black Caucus.

Former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers was part of the White House that brought more minorities and women to power positions. Now she is on the outside.

She says those still working at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue are going to stick with the President, because even if they feel misled, now is not the time to cut and run.

"I know many of them feel betrayed, and I'm sure when they have time to think about it as they go through their lives, they'll probably feel more betrayed," Myers said. "And I'm glad. The President didn't lie to me personally, but I took it pretty personally. I think he's a better person than that, and I'm really disappointed in him."

Myers says a number of the recent high profile departures, such as Press Secretary Michael McCurry and Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, were in the planning stages well before the Lewinsky matter blew up.

Myers adds if the crisis had not broken, McCurry would have left a lot sooner.