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What Bill Clinton Said – Read it Here (You’ll Never Lose Another Political Argument)

What Bill Clinton Said – Read it Here (You’ll Never Lose Another Political Argument)
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Transcript of former President Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, as prepared for delivery:

We’re here to nominate a President, and I’ve got one in mind.

I want to nominate a man whose own life has known its fair share of adversity and uncertainty. A man who ran for President to change the course of an already weak economy and then just six weeks before the election, saw it suffer the biggest collapse since the Great Depression. A man who stopped the slide into depression and put us on the long road to recovery, knowing all the while that no matter how many jobs were created and saved, there were still millions more waiting, trying to feed their children and keep their hopes alive.

I want to nominate a man cool on the outside but burning for America on the inside. A man who believes we can build a new American Dream economy driven by innovation and creativity, education and cooperation. A man who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama.

I want Barack Obama to be the next President of the United States and I proudly nominate him as the standard bearer of the Democratic Party.

In Tampa, we heard a lot of talk about how the President and the Democrats don’t believe in free enterprise and individual initiative, how we want everyone to be dependent on the government, how bad we are for the economy.

The Republican narrative is that all of us who amount to anything are completely self-made. One of our greatest Democratic Chairmen, Bob Strauss, used to say that every politician wants you to believe he was born in a log cabin he built himself, but it ain’t so.

We Democrats think the country works better with a strong middle class, real opportunities for poor people to work their way into it and a relentless focus on the future, with business and government working together to promote growth and broadly shared prosperity. We think “we’re all in this together” is a better philosophy than “you’re on your own.”

Who brought more jobs?

Who’s right? Well since 1961, the Republicans have held the White House 28 years, the Democrats 24. In those 52 years, our economy produced 66 million private sector jobs. What’s the jobs score? Republicans 24 million, Democrats 42 million!

It turns out that advancing equal opportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics, because discrimination, poverty and ignorance restrict growth, while investments in education, infrastructure and scientific and technological research increase it, creating more good jobs and new wealth for all of us.

Though I often disagree with Republicans, I never learned to hate them the way the far right that now controls their party seems to hate President Obama and the Democrats. After all, President Eisenhower sent federal troops to my home state to integrate Little Rock Central High and built the interstate highway system. And as governor, I worked with President Reagan on welfare reform and with President George H.W. Bush on national education goals. I am grateful to President George W. Bush for PEPFAR, which is saving the lives of millions of people in poor countries and to both Presidents Bush for the work we’ve done together after the South Asia tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the Haitian earthquake.

Through my foundation, in America and around the world, I work with Democrats, Republicans and Independents who are focused on solving problems and seizing opportunities, not fighting each other.

Cooperation works better

When times are tough, constant conflict may be good politics but in the real world, cooperation works better. After all, nobody’s right all the time, and a broken clock is right twice a day. All of us are destined to live our lives between those two extremes. Unfortunately, the faction that now dominates the Republican Party doesn’t see it that way. They think government is the enemy, and compromise is weakness.

One of the main reasons America should re-elect President Obama is that he is still committed to cooperation. He appointed Republican Secretaries of Defense, the Army and Transportation. He appointed a Vice President who ran against him in 2008, and trusted him to oversee the successful end of the war in Iraq and the implementation of the recovery act. And Joe Biden did a great job with both. He appointed Cabinet members who supported Hillary in the primaries. Heck, he even appointed Hillary! I’m so proud of her and grateful to our entire national security team for all they’ve done to make us safer and stronger and to build a world with more partners and fewer enemies. I’m also grateful to the young men and women who serve our country in the military and to Michelle Obama and Jill Biden for supporting military families when their loved ones are overseas and for helping our veterans, when they come home bearing the wounds of war, or needing help with education, housing, and jobs.

President Obama’s record on national security is a tribute to his strength, and judgment, and to his preference for inclusion and partnership over partisanship.

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2:47PM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

Love Clinton. He made some moral mistakes but don't we all?

4:45AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Clinton to Solar Companies: "You Just Can't Be Deterred"

This afternoon at Solar Power International 2012, Former President Bill Clinton offered words of encouragement and admiration for solar companies in America and around the globe.

Addressing the crowd whom he acknowledged are “people who represent what I believe in,” the former president said that “creative cooperation” is the only way for industry to make big accomplishments at home and abroad. “There is not a single successful example on earth of a country that is succeeding who doesn’t have shared cooperation,” he said.

According to the Solar Electric Power Association’s Julia Hamm, who introduced Clinton, he had always wanted to speak at Solar Power International but his schedule and the show schedule were simply never aligned. This year, however, to the delight of show organizers SEPA and SEIA, he showed up in Orlando at precisely 4pm on Wednesday to address a packed auditorium.

In his speech, Mr. Clinton acknowledged that he was “preaching to the saved” but emphasized the dire need for the solar industry to set the record straight regarding the economic and environmental benefits that solar power and other renewables are already providing to various parts of the globe. He said that most Americans don’t know that Germany has netted 300,000 jobs in solar energy even accounting for the draw that the feed-in tariff has had on its economy. He said th

4:37PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

Both conventions are over, and if you watched, I think it's pretty clear who should be the next president of the United States – Bill Clinton. He was unbelievable. According to Democrats, he won the election for Obama, he helped the cowboys beat the Giants, and he even had time to go to Hooters afterward.

Jay Leno

11:49AM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

Clinton was AWESOME! He has the FACTS to back up his statements, unlike some of the people posting on here.... Just saying....

3:55PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

@Allan Y. [Our economy has produced 66 million private sector jobs-Republican 24 million, Democrats , 42 million. Yes this is true, but what Clinton left out is, these jobs were created during his administration due to Reagan's policies. Obama has been riding on Bush's policies.
So, in other words, the GOP's policies have been directly responsible for this job growth.]


But hay, a picture is worth a thousand words

1:32AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Compare the records of truthfulness between the two presidential candidates

Heck , even compare the records of the vice presidential candidates

1:21AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

"Even from your count Clinton is a 2 1/2 times a liar, enough said" is Clinton a 2-1/2 times a liar? How does one lie "half a time", or is it only HALF a lie? Sounds like Republican mumbo jumbo to me.

1:19AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

WHAT are you babbling about, Paul? I hae every much right to be here as you do, probably more. At least I can spell correctly and don't post with such juvenile grammar. Wait, you're texting, aren't "U"?

2:50PM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

Allen, Jean, Margaret and all you other misinformed people, stop drinking the koolaide!!! And stop listening to Fixed Noise. It is only warping your brain. Stop listening to that sorry excuse for intertainment and listen to some real news with actual facts. The real facts are with republicon presidents - Reagan, Bush and Bush lite we had a large deficit. Clinton had a surplus that Bush lite squandered.
A Mittens and Eddie Munster administration will be a Dubya administration on steroids.
I bet Wall Street would love to get their hands on the trillion plus monies in social security.

12:33PM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

Don't we know it Change, about the photos that is.

Meanwhile someone is claiming infanticide. That's funny. Where are these infants being killed? How are they being killed?

I think someone is delusional enough to believe that an embryo or a fetus is somehow an infant. Such a conclusion leads one to realize that the speaker is illiterate, patently uninformed , or has decided that words are interchangeable when they aren't and are doing so willfully to create a false premise. But then by a quick review of other posts this individual is imply an internet troll (look it up on Wikipedia).

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