10/06/2016 23:48 EDT | Updated 10/07/2017 01:12 EDT

Remember Monica? 2016 campaign can't shake 1990s scandal

WASHINGTON — Monica Lewinsky tends to avoid politics these days, after becoming instantly famous nearly 20 years ago as the White House intern who had an affair with President Bill Clinton.

Unfortunately for Lewinsky, the 2016 presidential race keeps getting stuck in the past.

In the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the Republican hinted at the Clintons' marital problems and brought up Bill Clinton's infidelities directly soon after. For now, Trump says he won't discuss the subject at the debate on Sunday. But he has been known to change his mind.

Hillary Clinton's advisers say such an attack would reinforce the image of Trump as a sexist bully and paint Clinton in a sympathetic light — a valuable contrast as Trump struggles to draw support from women.