"Everything I have said has been factually accurate.
"But I think the mistake that I made is to think that I was a spouse like any other spouse who could defend his candidate. I think I can promote Hillary but not defend her because I was president. I have to let her defend herself or have someone else defend her.
"But a lot of the things that were said were factually inaccurate. I did not ever criticize Senator Obama personally in South Carolina. I never criticized him personally.
"But I think whenever I defend her, I, A, risk being misquoted and, B, risk being the story. I don't want to be the story.
"This is her campaign and her presidency and her decisions. And so, even if I win an argument with another candidate, it's not the right thing to do. I need to promote her but not defend her.
"And I learned a very valuable lesson from all that dust-up."
-- Former President Bill Clinton, speaking to a reporter from a local NBC affiliate in Maine about his role in his wife Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign so far; he was responding to a question about whether he has any regrets about anything he's said or done.