Sen. Craig to Matt Lauer: “I Didn’t Want To Embarrass My Wife, My Kids, Idaho And My Friends”

By Chris Ariens 

NBC News has released details of Matt Lauer‘s weekend interview with Sen. Larry Craig. The interview will air in a Matt Lauer Reports special tomorrow night at 8pmET on NBC and on the Today show Wednesday morning. Lauer asked Craig why he didn’t tell anyone about his arrest in the Minneapolis airport:

Sen. Larry Craig: “It was a tough call, Matt, a very tough call. I was very, very embarrassed about it. I wrestled with it. I didn’t want to embarrass my wife, my kids, Idaho and my friends. And I wrestled with it a long while. I sought no counsel. I made a very big mistake. I should have told my wife. I should have told my kids. And most importantly, I should have told counsel.”

His wife’s reaction:


Suzanne Craig: “When Larry told me that the story was going to break and he hadn’t told me about it before that, I felt like the floor was falling out from under me. It happened right here in this room. And I felt like almost like I was going down a drain for a few moments.”

On why he didn’t resign:

Sen. Larry Craig: “That’s the easy way out. You’ve talked about my history and my record. You know I’m a fighter, I don’t just walk away from a fight. This is the toughest fight of my political life.”