The Reverend Jerry Falwell says that an earlier comparison he made between Senator Hillary Clinton and "Lucifer" was a "joke." During the Value Voters Conference, Reverend Falwell had said, "I certainly hope that Hillary is the candidate... I hope that she's the candidate, because nothing will energize my (constituency) like Hillary Clinton. If Lucifer ran, he wouldn't."
In a phone interview with the Associated Press, Falwell played down his inflammatory comment. Fallwell said, "The statement about, 'she would be a better candidate than Lucifer' was totally tongue-in-cheek and totally meant as a joke and everybody knew in the building and laughed accordingly."
Senator Clinton may doubt the sincerity of Falwell claim that his comments were a 'joke.' Clinton's press secretary says, "a new low has been reached in demonizing political opponents."