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"The View" host Barbara Walters (TheDC screenshot) "The View" host Barbara Walters (TheDC screenshot)  

Barbara Walters: If Palin ‘can ride around on her bus,’ Weiner can stay in Congress

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Jeff Poor
Media Reporter

As scandalous revelations about Rep. Anthony Weiner continue to surface, the Democratic New York congressman continues to have defenders.

On Monday’s broadcast of “The View,” co-host Barbara Walters went to bat for Weiner and proposed that the picture in question was intended for his wife and not for whom it was sent.

“First of all, I have my own theory about why he took that picture, if indeed he did take that picture,” Walters said. “This is my theory – this doesn’t mean that it is right. He is married to this beautiful woman, whom I know, who a lot of us know, who the chief of staff to Hillary Clinton and she travels a lot. And it may be that he took that picture and sent it to his wife to say this is how much I miss you. That’s possible.”

That drew laughter from even “The View” co-host Joy Behar, a staunch liberal whose politics fall in line with Weiner’s. However, Walters also defended Weiner by attacking former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. She argued if Palin can make a bus tour and be considered viable for the presidency, then Weiner can get away with this and continue to be a sitting congressman.

“[A]nthony Weiner, whom I also know, has a problem,” Walters said. “He can be very sarcastic and very sardonic. And you know there are a lot of times you wish he would not say it. He is a good congressman. He has been an effective congressman. If Sarah Palin can still ride around on her bus and be considered as a possible president, this man can override this, stay in congress and just hope there is another scandal that will take him –”

However, once again Walters contention was protested by Behar, who has a track record of not being a supporter of Palin.

“Let me defend Sarah for 30 seconds,” Behar protested. “The woman has no sex scandal in her dossier, in her arsenal. This is a completely different thing from Sarah Palin. And I want to defend her here.”

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