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Bill Clinton Speaks at Scaife Memorial, Talks of 'Friendship'


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02 Aug 2014

Todd Beamon



Former President Bill Clinton memorialized Richard Mellon Scaife on Saturday as a man with whom he developed a "counterintuitive friendship" that proved to be an invaluable experience.

"Our differences are important," Clinton said at a memorial service for Scaife in Ligonier, Pa., the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.



Scaife died on July 4, a day after his 82nd birthday.

Considered the father of modern conservatism, Scaife owned Trib Total Media, parent company of the Tribune-Review, six other daily newspapers, and 23 weeklies. He was an early investor and held a minority stake in Newsmax Media, Inc.



Clinton was introduced by Yale Gutnick, the chairman of the Tribune-Review and longtime friend of Scaife. Gutnick said that shortly before Scaife passed he said that of all the people he wanted to speak at his memorial, he hoped Bill Clinton would accept to do so.


Gutnick said Scaife and Clinton became friends because they "shared a mutual love of America."

"Our political differences, our philosophical differences, our religious differences, our racial and ethnic differences, they're important," Clinton told about 150 people at the service. "They help us to define who we are. But they don't have to keep us at arm's length from others."




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