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stop lone wolf attacks. the deputy director for homeland security will be with us. to celebrate the thanksgiving holiday, we will assess the issue of childhood hunger. be sure to watch c-span's washington journal, live at 7:00 a.m. eastern wednesday morning. join the discussion. >> the c-span buses on the 50 capital tour. visiting each state capital and discussing why were these. we kick off in dover, delaware. with no visited 12 capitals and our next stop is tallahassee, florida. december 6there on with live interviews during washington journal. >> to commemorate the 25th
anniversary of his election to the presidency, bill clinton sat down for a discussion. hillaryined by his wife and they answer questions about foreign policy, health care and the clinton administration. from the clinton foundation in little >> thank you. good afternoon. 25th -- o the this was established with this gift. many are here today as well as at&t. this lecture is presented by the clinton foundation and the clinton school of public service. please give them a big hand. we all stand up and recognize you, i insist.
i would also like to say a very special word of thanks. i responsibly allowed us to make this 25th celebration anniversary possible. thanks to our sponsors. [applause] ifore we begin what anticipate will be a lively conversation, i would like to thank all of you for joining us today. --s is the largest cloud crowd we have ever had. as you can imagine with his giant group, it would be nearly impossible to recognize all of gueststinguished individually. i will ask crews of people to raise your hand when called. if you are a current or former
elected official, please raise your hand. if you serve your volunteer during the 92 campaign, please raise your hand. i see a lot of hands. alsoup your hand if you volunteered during the 96 campaign. if you served in the clinton-gore administration, please raise your hand. were part of the clinton foundation, library or public service school, please raise your hand. [applause] for those who we have lost since 1992, let's all take a
brief moment to honor their memory. this weekend we come together to celebrate a pivotal time in our nations history. when americans and for a president to put people first. gotovember 3, 1992, they one. today, as we look back at the 92 campaign, what made it so groundbreaking and so special not only to those of us who were part of it but for the american people who were energized and enthusiastic about what his campaign stood for. for me, it started in 1991 as a volunteer for the clinton presidential exploratory committee at its own store on the corner of seventh and chester. among my many early assignments i was asked to help senior
campaign advisers with the necessities like finding a place andive, a dry cleaners perhaps more importantly, a liquor store. i also have these very high honors of driving bruce lindsey and governor bill clinton back and forth and back and fourth the central client service. i took orders as many of you in this audience have from the general sheila bronfman. i dropped off david will have laundry at the razorback fund watch and i may copy, lots of coffee. i wouldn't trade and the others for a second. shortly after i prove myself a making czar, i was officially hard for as one of their very first step is. one of my first assignments was to fill in an travel with
arkansas's first lady hillary clinton on it you -- if you campaign trips. -- a few campaign trips. >it confirmed what i already knw about our first lady, she was dynamic, highly organized, a little unconventional and self-sufficient, she did not even need a staffer. she didn't just listen to the people she met, she absorbed what they said. i would watch her as she i knew in addition to her genuine concern, she was thinking about real solutions. like president clinton, i grew up here in arkansas. my dream was to work in politics like my dad and many before me. when i was 24 years old, bill clinton gave me that chance. i worked in the 92 campaign, i served a glorious years in the clinton white house. now i am back in my home state running the clinton presidential
center. thank you. i can never really think president clinton enough for the amazing opportunity he has given me. i really tend myself every day, i feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work for both of these extraordinary public servants. while being a wife and a mother and raising my three daughters with my wonderful husband in arkansas. a place president clinton and i will always call home. we all share similar stories about the 92 campaign. that is why we are here this weekend. to reflect, celebrate and to reconnect. i can't think of a better person to lead this conversation then the one and only james carville. his infectious enthusiasm, is unlimited supply of energy, is
keen ability to claim a phrase like if the economy is stupid and that genuine cajun accent. james carville is a force of nature and it was his ability to keep the campaign fired up, focused and determined to win every step of the way. now please turn your attention to the screen and enjoy a video we have made commemorating the campaign that works tirelessly to put people first. thank you. >> i, william jefferson clinton do solemnly swear that i will faithfully execute the office of the president of the united states. change,ction is about change in our party, change in her leadership, change in our nation.
that is why today, i proudly announce my candidacy for president of the united states of america. >> governor clinton and what hillary took to outdoors on his bitter cold new hampshire day. they passed out campaign videotapes of clinton. >> i wanted to send a message to this country about what kind of company -- cover we are going to have, what kind of future you want and about how we can win again. >> what is your name? >> i am eight. how does it feel to be present? -- president? >> i don't know, i haven't one yet. i hope i find out. >> i think we know enough to say with some certainty that new
hampshire tonight has made the clinton the comeback kid. >> i am proud to say that all of states, in the united this is the next vice president of the united states of america, senator al gore. >> they are designed to help change this country and get our country moving forward. bill clinton was to put people first. >> put people first. >> people are pretty -- responding to making government work for the average working family for a change. >> it is time to put the american people first, invest and grow this economy.
>> people tell them things that they don't sell anything else. i think part of it is because they recognize somebody who has had struggled in his own life. when someone says nothing to him, he doesn't brush them off, he doesn't look them off, he listens to them. he will listen, care and try to help. someone strong enough to know, smart enough to know, pure enough to lead. nominate the man from arkansas, president clinton. cast our 40 vote for our favorite son -- our 48th about for our favorite son and my husband, bill clinton. believe in a place
called hell. god bless you and god bless america. we will get on these buses in a minute. to pennsylvania, indiana, kentucky, ohio, missouri and before we are we will go back to the heartland of america and into the hearts of america. i ask you one last time, will you help me change the future of america? >> we love bill, we love bill, we love bill. clinton, bill clinton. >> 4100 miles.
>> i also got 3000 feet of construction fence. fence is not sexy. >> i think that we are going to win tomorrow and i think the government will fulfill the promise and change america. people will tell you that you are lucky, you are not. the harder you work, the luckier you are. i have happy for all of you. [applause] >> do you see the sticker i have on? it says i voted.
>> thank you everybody. that i mosthings vividly remember was in new hampshire when our poll numbers were dropping faster than the thermometer, we had a group called arthur's hard travelers. how many travelers are near? here/ ? could you talk about what it meant to be in that environment? knowing that you had so many people back here in arkansas that love you so much?
>> first of all, we thank you. we think all of you for making this possible. true, our poll numbers were dropping faster than the temperature. it was cold. it was obvious a part of a strategy because i had been wanted by the white house that if i ran for the president, my poll numbers would drop, quickly and early in the primary. did notpecting it, i know how they would get it done but i was sure it was well organized. i'm sure they would have plenty of people obliging them. of this isdden, all going on and then this full-page -- there is up on, they weighed five pounds.
from arkansas put their phone number in an ad in the manchester union leader. they said don't believe what they're telling you about our governor, call us collect, we will pay for the call and tell you the truth. i will never forget it. another hundred 50 people -- 150 people drop what they were doing and drug to new hampshire and put 100,000 drops on doors and turned it around. the rest is history. that meant for the people of arkansas that there were not enough of us to go around. we would not have made it. thank you. [applause] hampshire,nton: new in late 1991 and 1992 -- it was
a much shorter campaign. build and announce until early october if you can imagine. untill did not announce early october if you can imagine. it started with a burst of energy. we flew to new hampshire for the first time as a potential candidate and his team and we found a really receptive audience of people who understood that we need a change and we needed the kind of energy and dynamism that bill was representing. we spent a lot of time between mid-and late october into early january and early february in new hampshire. is ajames is talking about truly horrible moment. i had spent the day with bill at
the manchester mall and we had been breathing people there and just random people -- wherever walked into the mall i would say hello and introduce myself. i would say that i was campaign ask for their vote. i got a good response, people seemed very interested and positive and you just felt like maybe it was turning around and then we went back to the little hotel we were camped out in. we had a meeting with our posters and the posters said you are dropping like -- with our pollsters and they said you are dropping like a rock. and i remember james saying he did not feel that way.
the big difference is between 92 and 2016 is you felt like you could connect much better, more deeply and were quickly with people. i thought, ok, that is what the poll is saying, that is not what i feel. i'm going to bed because i did not see what else we could do, done everything we need to do. when the primary came and bill finished a surprisingly high --ond, i was really helpful hopeful and one of the brilliant strategic decisions that was made in the new hampshire came when bill went out first and claimed victory even though he had finished second. just an explosion because
he had lost but compared to what we thought was going to happen, he had one big. -- won big. after that he had so much momentum and support. i know there are some people from new hampshire who have helped us in so many collections and primaries. the people of new hampshire really sent empowered -- him forward into the remaining contest. it isent clinton: important to point out, we finished second and everybody thought we would finish fifth. we went down and came back up. a principal opponent was from town that was five miles from new hampshire's border. he beat me like a yard dog in the first 10 miles of new hampshire next to massachusetts
and on the whole rest of new hampshire, next to a lot of people in this room, we won. when they said the political president, you lost anyway -- i said yes i did. i congratulate senator saunders, let's see how he does when we get to memphis. [laughter] president clinton: it had the desired effect, it was great. was one of the greatest experiences in our lives. the thing that i liked was that people talk to you about real problems, real dreams and they want real answers. how were not interested in well you could badmouth your opponent or what you could say, they wanted to know what you are going to do to help them with their lives. i will never forget that as long as i live. politics, wein
keep hearing politicians say one thing and do another. the 92 campaign as i recall was pretty specific. it was put people first. i think the sign said it was the economy stupid -- if the economy is stupid. you are very clear to the american people that what you wanted to do was build an economy that work across america. -- worked across america. that was the promised yo you made. ms. clinton, you can talk about the eight years that you were president and the things that happened across america. you are really clear -- if you look back -- let's talk about what happened to the economy and
people across america in that last eight years. i think that is important in this moment of national cynicism we have. president clinton: we were the kind ofng thing that people were so upset about this time. very uneven levels of economic growth by income and by region. there was growing income inequality and lower mobility. i said if you give me a chance, we will try to build an economy that puts you first, you can all be a part of it and you have a responsibility to educate your children and then train yourself to do what is available. i can't repeal the law of economics but we can ship it so you can do better.
was if we give people incentives to invest everywhere, we focused on the future and trained people for jobs, we could drive down unemployment and get rid of the deposition of the deficit at the same time and grow the economy faster. years, it was the only time in a long time that all percentiles of the economy grew together. the bottom 20% of our people actually had their income increase in percentage terms as much of the top 5% and greater than the top 20%. [applause] economy fromow the the bottom up, african-american families's income went up 22%, hispanics, 24%. overall, 17%. there was no racial tension because we grew from the bottom up. up anddy's incomes went
we did it together. it was the only time it happened. it was a usually important thing and obviously, that is what i was hoping would happen again this time. that is the only thing that works, we proved that growing the economy from the middle out and the bottom-up works and trying to grow from the top down does not. i hate to see us go down that road again because we will hit the same dead-end we did before. it works to do with the way we did, put the people first, they will take everybody else along. [applause] senator clinton: the other aspect of this that i thought was amazing was in addition to growing the economy for by the end of bills bill's eight - years, the budget was balanced,
we had a surplus. if we had continue the policies of the clinton administration, we would have eliminated our national debt. that seems almost impossible to believe. i was in the senate in 2001. all of a sudden, the new public administration said we have a surplus, we need to give it back to the people. very richest of americans. let's cut taxes and we will go back and show you that maybe it did not work before that we will show you that we can trickle down and have economic growth. why would wes said undermine the hard work of eight years? president, heme inherited an economy that had a growing deficit and debt. the prior 12 years have quadrupled the debt of america,
more than any other time in our entire previous history. he was determined to try to reverse that because he believed that it was good for the economy and it was responsible and it was what we should be doing for our children and our grandchildren. it was really hard. the economic plan, the deficit reduction plan passed in each house by one vote. not a single republican voted for it but instead they beat the drum day after day about how this policy of raising taxes on the wealthy, getting more revenue to be able to invest in our people by putting people first was going to wreck the economy and they were dead wrong. we are hearing the same baloney today. [applause] i know we live:
in a really sped up world but it is important to remember history and important to learn the history's -- lessons of history. not revisionist history but real history. we know how to grow the economy in a modern, globalized world. when you saweaking the results, when you saw people getting ahead for the first time, more people were lifted out of poverty in bill's eight years than any previous time in our history. [applause] senator clinton: it is frustrating because if you try to live in the reality-based world -- where i think we should live -- taking these points and not being able to get them
isoss or have been believed the fairytale of economics. that it will trickle down, we are going to make everything great, we may be cutting medicare and medicaid and health care and make it more expensive to go to school and all the stuff they are trying to do in washington but it is all going to work out, it is such nonsense. i think the tough budget that bill fought for that he passed that was really, really difficult, it did not immediately kick in so the people could see the results quick enough. you know the 94 the term elections were disastrous and then they shut the government down and he had to fight against them on every front to save medicaid and medicare and all the rest of it. eventually, the fact were proven. the results were seen. i think there is a lot of
important lessons to learn in those eight years about how to get the economy going, how to have inclusive prosperity that we should not forget. if we do, we are back in the soup again. i thinkt clinton: because it is a retrospective, i only thank you -- i owe a thank you to al gore. [applause] president clinton: he did a great job and he loves to crack a joke about breaking the senate on the budget. and saynobody else this, whenever i vote, we win. >> he only voted when there was a tie. everybody is for change in in particular.
outle like it when it works but it requires any effort, you have to pay the short-term political price and i grieved that so many people lost their seats in congress in 1994 because we were seeing the beginning of a pattern which has insisted and only broken 1998. thank you mayor emanuel. atour party not voting midterm. it worked out pretty well for the american people. night, i was watching cnn and a little trailer came on and it said after they killed all these members of congress, they voted for the budget, the
background checks and assault weapons ban that 95% of the country supports copy has a andground checks and 65% assault weapons ban. ault weapons ban. it all depends on who shows up. and great things about the nationals, in campaigns and government in the white house, we realize that between you and the people you are trying to put first -- the further you move away from the totem pole, the more layers there are between you and the people. the more difficult and challenging it can be to communicate, you can be --isciplined about it and you can't be undisciplined about it and you can't beat we can need about it. never stop trying to explain and reach people.
it is a big part of the job and one that after i got in, i underestimated. my distant was opponent who i came to love. the idea of being in touch with all your people was natural and inevitable. when you are president or running for president or when u.s. secretary of state, it requires strenuous effort often against forces determined to say that you can communicate with people. that was all very exciting, it worked out great for you but let's not forget that change is not easy and a lot of people check their careers at the door to make america a stronger, safer, fairer place. in addition to all that economic we had a 33 year low in the murder rate, a 47 year by gunthe illegal deaths
of all kinds. people said it was an accident of the economy, if you believe i have something i want to tell you. i want to thank all of you that made that possible. i think the economic success of the administration is what people remember. but i noticed there was this mandel exhibit and i wish you could talk for a few minutes about some of the foreign-policy successes. talking little about mandela and some other things. i think there was some real foreign-policy achievements that had to get overshadowed by economic achievement. right, clinton: that is i thank you for raising it. if you look again at the eight the united states played
a major role in some significant foreign-policy successes. let me just name a couple. first, the irish peace process. [applause] senator clinton: it would never have happened without build a siding that the united states is going to back it. that happened because of the campaign. people were trying to figure out who he was and what he had done in arkansas. he had a meeting with by a man froms law school who we met. if youthe request was got elected, would you be able to play more active role in ending the trouble. went.aid he
it was a risky decision, i remember very well that he --ided to give gerry adams the head of sinn fein, the equivalent of the ira, a visa to come to the united states. there was an enormous uproar from the english government, our own ambassador in london, the andle saying don't do this i think bill said you have to take risks for peace. you make these with people for whom you have serious differences. beasked george mitchell to in the negotiator, it went on for years. there was nothing fast and easy about it. he did not tweet about it, he got to work about it and he actually got it done. [applause] senator clinton: another important action that was taken
involved europe and it involved the balkans. you remember the horrific war in bosnia where it was almost a precursor to sum up what we see where thisd today information and the media is used to sell discord and set people against each other. you had serbs and croats and bosniak's living peacefully together. sudden, there was this intense effort to blame different groups and individuals in those groups and a war started. very difficult for the europeans to figure out what to do about it. again, bill said the united would try tothers
open the war in bosnia, the late richard holbrooke was the chief negotiator and he did an extraordinary job in cornering milosevic. they were able to craft a courselt resolution, of it was hard and there were still outstanding issues as we saw when milosevic began to deport kosovars out of those above. -- kosavo. they were loaded onto freight trains, too terribly reminiscent of what happened in europe in the 30's and early 40's under hiller. -- hitler. he said we are going to end this.
he ran a bombing campaign against serbia and force them to end their deportation. still have a lot of problems in the balkans, let's not kid ourselves. these are really difficult, terrible problems. hard withincredibly his counterpart in israel to try tocome up with a solution that very challenging set of issues. he was at camp david with prime minister barack. we remember the incredible photograph of the oslo accords being signed on the white house lawn in 1993. from that moment forward, bill tried to work forward to find resolutions in ending conflict with jordan and creating more support for israeli security and recognizing the designers of the
palestinians. camp david got close but not close enough. it was a consistent, concerted effort. when you think about that time, one of the really bright spots for the world was the election of mandela. a leader who i list among the most admired people i've ever met. within my understanding of history ranking right up there. he became a close personal mentor.and advisor, in his example of how to pursue truth and reconciliation is something that i wish more of the world would pay attention to. things, many other
those are the ones i think about, maybe you'd like to add some ideas as well. president clinton: i wanted to make a couple of points. since there is so many people who not only helped to elect us but helped us to govern the only thing that compensates for the president being blamed for when the sun doesn't come up every day. you get a fair amount of credit when all of the people who worked for youth do something good. i want to thank everybody here, hillary is talking about the balkans. one person who played a big role in the balkans is wes clark. he was a major aid when we were trying to do that. everything that we did over , there was somewhere
whoeen one and 100 people deserve major credit for the good outcome. out,nt to point that people's willingness to serve in public office may go up and down depending on the way they or bade it as a good thing to do. this. a lot to do with that hillaryay made all these points and then talked about mandela. why do we love mandela? he is not like what we don't like about today's politics. in today's politics, conflict is more important than cooperation. demeaningpeople and them and debasing them and dividing them is more important than treating them with respect
and lifting them up. in our house confinement for 20 years and yet he always treated people with respect and tried to lift them up. .e tried to bring them together i think most americans are care about their country know that ever since the end of the cold world wenthe bipolar away and we could have fights without blowing each other up to kingdom come. , it with the rise of terror has been more profitable at home and around the world for many people to act like our differences are more important than our common humanity. that isple who say wrong, i want people to work together and be reasonable and compromise, they may be but they
don't vote that way very much. why? sometimes we take our democracy for granted. we take our public servants for granted, expect people to come and do it and then election time comes up and we want somebody they can playt into our fears and anger, don't do that. one of the things that everybody from the end of the cold war has learned is that we have to find a way to share the future, we have to have shared responsibilities but we also have to bring the opportunity for economic growth to everyone for personal opportunities for their kids and mobility and social security and cultural there are aso far,
lot of ragged edges. we say one thing and vote another. thatre not getting all of -- navigating all of that. to try tolike crazy bridge all of these divides. the final thing i would say which is not in our interest but today, when we are all celebrating, there is not much the united states can do to make peace when the leaders and the local region don't want to make peace. you can help a lot if people are kind and do the right thing. you can maximize the benefits and minimize the risk. -- can help to pave the way that is what i tried to do in all of these situations. first you have to have this great american poet -- he said
you have to have want. you have to want this to work out. that is what i pray will happen for all of you and anybody you can reach. we can't let this -- let this country go away, we can't let our divisions eat us alive, we andt trash our democracy rob our grandchildren of the chance to do that. [applause] one of my favorite moments at the campaign took place in the governor's mansion in arkansas. to run inced al gore may. talk a little about that. identifying the history of the economy and identified with the issue of the environment. talk about the environmental record and going forward for
people like my family live in a are all verye passionate and concerned about this issue. i think it is worth elevating up there. i think thatnton: today people don't think that much about it but it was a groundbreaking choice. this is the same wing of the and he knewarty more about things that i did. certain things, i knew more about economics than education policy. hillary knew more about childhood development and education but al gore knew more technology,ation nuclear and other defense issues.
i thought there is no point to have this job unless you can make a difference in people's lives and prepared for the future. -- prepare it for the future. that is what we did and a lot of people thought it would be a big politically.ake it was interesting because when president george w. bush went 2000, he seemed to take a different path. but he was part of that neoconservative group. the idea that the president and the vice president should be in sync, i think that is important. it is a surprising number of presidents. you should pay a lot of attention to who the vice president is. thought hillary made a
great selection in tim kaine. [applause] they saw the world the same way. he had extraordinary executive experience and he always got things done. i think we need more of that in washington. i wanted to add on about the environment, al gore has been a persistent profit about climate change and about the risks that we face and i really admire the work he started as a senator that he as vice continue president, he still continues today, he has another movie out that is trying to change public opinion and not only change public opinion but change the decision-making of elected officials. now, whenere we are signed and now
represented the united states at the signing of kyoto, al and bill had great hopes they would be able to persuade the senate to go along and those hopes were dashed. it was a bipartisan bashing, both the republicans and democrats. it doesn't get more bipartisan than that. idea in which i was so committed to try to disabuse people of that somehow, trying to deal with the very threat of climate change would be bad for the american economy. the bill and outside during resistance tohe make that case. then in the years after that, there was a brief moment under
george w. bush when we thought we could make progress on climate change. i traveled around with john mccain and we went and looked at melting glaciers, we went to a small bards to talk to their scientists and we went to point mccainin alaska and aally tried to put together group to work with democrats on these issues. here is the lesson, climate change is one of those issues that a lot of people care about but it is not their number one issue. it is like on violence, a lot of people really care about it, which we would do something about it but not everybody sees it as the number one issue. if you have a really determined and well-funded minority view, that does nothing but try to prevent you from taking action
on something like climate change, it is hard to make it a voting issue. what happened when president obama came into office and i was honored to be secretary of state, we decided we would try to make it a voting issue. we would try to do something about it. i went up to copenhagen and we made a commitment that the united states would be willing to help fund climate science research, help fund mitigation efforts -- the president joined me there, we had a really contentious meeting, it was incredibly difficult, the chinese and indians and russians were not interested, we eventually pounded out an agreement and we got the first agreement post-kyoto because nobody was going back to kyoto because everyone knew that the developing countries were growing faster and they had to be part of the solution but we hammered out agreements and then in subsequent years, more and
more agreements were reached until we finally got to the paris agreement. the paris agreement was the culmination of so much of the work of so many people including and most notably, al gore. of course, along comes the new administration and they pose out of the agreement and we are the only country now in the world, not in the paris agreement. he -- asaad,hen when he takes time from murdering his own people, signed the agreement. we tried to green the white house, we tried to do things that would demonstrate some personal leadership and we also made the case that this was an economic opportunity for america, so we are out, the fossil fuel guys are supporting
trump and their publican party and they are more than happy to prevent us from doing anything and guess what, the chinese have decided they will dominate the renewable energy industry. they will be the primary exporter, all these actions have consequences. give al gore a lot of credit for not giving up and aser throwing in the towel frustrating as it must be for him. right now he is over with a bunch of american governors and members of congress were telling the world that some of us still understand what the stakes are and we're not going to give up either. the environment was an important flashpoint and oftentimes people forget about the many struggles that the clinton-gore administration had. of the things that always
grabbed me was that you helped the children defense fund in washington. the president and i were talking about this, i did one of the great under held a couple schmidt of the administration, i know you are very involved in it was the chip. right now, as i understand it, , ife is an abundant crisis you could please talk a little about children in the united states and chip and what it means and why it is so important that this program continues. >> i have to say that my commitment to children's health really took off here in arkansas when i got involved with the arkansas children's hospital and i was so proud of what happened with the hospital starting in
the very first term of bill's governorship. when the hospital wanted to grow because every child in arkansas needed to be taken care of. we would have the most sophisticated tertiary care you could possibly provide. with bill's leadership and the legislatures leadership, there was a great partnership between the state and children's hospital. we watched her grow and flourish and take care of so many children. i saw firsthand what a difference it made and certainly with my own daughter, i saw how important it was to have the confidence and the support you need it as a parent to make sure your child was taken care of. in 1993 if ied me would work on health care, i bullishly said i would love to. i can't imagine anything more important than taking care of
people's health care. i remember we had a governors meeting shortly after the announcement was made and mario cuomo who is still governor of new york came and looked at me and goes your husband is put you in charge of health care, i can't tell, does that mean he loves you are hates you? we all know what happened, it was incredible controversial. it laid the groundwork for what we eventually were able to achieve with chip and with your portable care act. after we were unsuccessful with health care reform, i was determined that we would at least take care of kids because during the time that i was working on health care, i traveled the country and met with so many parents. was at the children's hospital in cleveland and i was meeting with parents who had children with chronic diseases but who
are uninsured. we were sitting in a conference room and they were each telling me their story and i got to a man who said i have two daughters with cystic fibrosis. he says i'm a successful businessman, i don't my own business, i could afford insurance and nobody -- nobody will sell me a policy. quasi said what do they say to go and ask them to help bear the cost for caring for your two daughters? thesaid i will tell you what last insurance agents said. he said you don't understand, we don't on this -- ensure burning houses. and hetears in his eyes said they called my little girls burning houses. i never got that image out of my head. and went to ted kennedy
talked with him about trying to figure out some way to cover kids. he, with a mastery of the senate that he always displayed, but republicans on board including orrin hatch. we worked to create a bipartisan shows and health care program that was a partnership between the federal government and the of 9 -- it helps take care million kids a year. it is primarily dealing with families that are working -- they are certainly making
more money than would make them eligible for medicaid so they are in that no man's land. we got it passed, and every year since bill signed it into law these 9,000,000-10,000,000 kids have been taking care of. loti have probably done a of book signing, dozens, people who came to my book signings and campaign events thank me for chip. yesterday in little rock, people came and said thank you. one young man said, i would not be alive if it were not for chip. we ran out of money, ran out of insurance and thank goodness the chip program was enacted. so under george w. bush, under president barack obama, chip was we authorized. the program continued seamlessly.
this congress in this white house have not reauthorized the program. states are starting to run out of money because it is a partnership and they rely on federal dollars. in mice it is reauthorized by the end of the year -- unless it is we authorized by the end of the air, nine million children and their families will be facing some very, very dire circumstances. end ofinly hope by the the year there will be some kind of deal that will provide that continuity. it is a program i am very grateful for that i had some small role in because of the futuresved and the given to somebody kids. it is the kind of thing we should do to take care of each other and give every child a chance to live up to his god-given potential. [applause]
>> mr. president, 50 years from the economic achievements, foreign policy achievements, i think the thing you will be remembered for more than anything else is the human genome project. i really believe it will happen. talk alumina little bit about that. how was funded, what it is, what it could potentially mean to these young children here and in the future. mr. clinton: i think one of the most important jobs is to keep america on the edge of pioneering research and development. i think that while we were getting rid of the deficit, balancing the budget, i want to do is to keep doing that. so $3 billion of your money to sequence the human genome.
national scientific research effort. partnershipivate with craig better who was funding his own private entity. i think it would have a major impact on the quality and length generation the next and for hundreds of years to come. keep blowing things up and so we did it. now you can get a genome -- fors for concern will considerably less than $3 million and we know that there have been well over $200 billion of economic activity generated out of that. so your rate of return on your tax dollar investment was about the highest with ever gotten in the united states for that $3
billion. but we know, we know that there are certain genetic variances which put women at high risk of breast cancer. so we know which women should start taking test earlier. soon we will have the capacity to say to every mother to gooung female baby home with basic genetic information. we're close to unlocking the mysteries of alzheimer's and parkinson's and other things. so it is very important and yes, i agree with you it matters a great deal. it is not the only thing. i also made in five minutes a decision to put gps in the public domain. that made a huge difference. a lot of people do not want to
do that. 20 years ago we started the first cyber security unit and the federal government and we should have kept it going. israelay -- last year, got half of the investment of the world and private security. that is because of you. even though they are our allies, the united states should be well ahead of them in cyber security investments. and the congress was not all that interested in it but this is a very big deal. we spent the first $500 million of your money and this was all bipartisan by the way, in nanotechnology. one of the most interesting days i had when i was out campaigning easternary was in kentucky in the middle of ofellation at -- the middle
at morehead state. -- the middle of appellation at morehead state. -- appalachia at morehead state. for a milliones dollars apiece. to see this young guy, who was clearly supporting her, probably had risk life and limb where he was. so, he is putting all of the nanotechnology for the satellite into a little box about an inch cube and i said, what is that box made of? and this kid in his hillbilly 20 , tongs ande and said
it does real well in outer space. i said where you from? he said, right here. he said, mr.and president, he said can i tell you one more thing? i said sure. tosaid, tell hillary not take it when people make fun of her for saying she is going to put up half a billion solar panels. she is, actually i think a little low. said, i am not in the united said, why do you think she's a little low. he said, because before you know it we will be making solar panels with 3-d printers just like i made this little tungsten container. and when we do, they will be as cheap as dirt and just as good and we will all be pretty.
-- whatought to myself am i telling you this? notuse that young man did feel the walls closing in on him. he felt the walls opening up. so he voted for the person he thought would open the most doors, not the people who would build the most walls. [applause] i. clinton: wait, why am telling you this? he could as i tried. look, try not to do anything wayid and i tried to find a to say whatever i was going to say that i knew i would be dangerously unpopular but i did try to level with people and tell them we could not roll back the tides. we ought to be going with the future and a future we can all share. we had to be both responsible and opportunistic if we wanted
to build a future we can all share. but at the time, it was easier. i mean, we put out this little booklet. both parties put out a little booklet. you had to be kind of a nerd to support. we got over -- votes between the six-personnd eight vote. why? because back then there were actually hiring people to do a job. that is very important. -- ire not being hired wouldn't tell all these people from arkansas -- we never, we had one month in the previous eight years. only one where the unemployment was below the national average. we led the country in job graph -- growth every single year in
1995. it takes a long time to turn the economy around. 1970 8, 1992, one of the most improved school systems in the country thanks to the no-fault measure from hillary for that. [applause] mr. clinton: and the other state was south carolina when i made bill o'reilly taker of education . our job was to create more -- everywhere without regards to race or gender or identity like the kid in kentucky making nanotechnology satellites. so, i want you to think about -- ibecause they say that felt like a great moral victory had been one. -- 140 up to 280
categories. you are laughing by i want you to know, being president is a job. you hire somebody to do a job. you have to say, when of the things are, where do you want to go? how do you propose to get from here to there and how are we going to do it together in benefit together. you have to put people first. you have to have some idea how to get there. with the greatest honor of my life -- first of all i had this laboratory of training is a governor here for secondlyose years in that i got to start at a time when grassroots politics still mattered and when people listened to each other in they did not just want to think of some new put down and it wasn't
a question of whose resentment was better than someone else was it was who had better answers. in the end, if you believe in putting people first, you have to have an other-directed politics. it might not work for the people who are communicating for you and the political media, that might not be the most financially remunerative or emotionally successful strategy but in the end that is what counts. puttingud of her for for the rest of our lives together. [applause] [cheers]
[cheers and applause] james: so i think there is an elephant in the room. me, if there is an elephant, it is this. we talked a lot about children. i think one of the real values that all of us who have been privileged to be associated with we earnestlyhat believe and earnestly taught our children that life was a struggle but at the end of the day, if you prepare, work hard,
are willing to accept risk and if you understood that there were setbacks in life, that you would ultimately achieve your goals. this is been a hard year. a hard year for parents. to help us and help these young people, how we talk about things in light of the events a little over a year ago. mrs. clinton: well, i wrote a book "what happened. oh [what happened -- "what happened to her coat "whatbody gets -- happened." everybody gets knocked down.
what happens is you get up. the core of the message, james, that we were told and that we try to tell our kids remains absolutely true. to have to find ways overcome disappointment. and for me itth was my family, my friends, my faith. it was a lot of long walks in the woods. yoga. nostril reading, i highly recommend it. ] pplause and laughter cleaning my: it was closets. jobs that had a beginning, middle, and an end. reading a lot of mysteries, because the bad guy always got it in the end.
[applause] to fallnton: but trying back on the consistent message that i certainly got from my parents and that, you know, i have tried to impart to my daughter and well likewise try to do the same with my grandchildren, life is not always fair. the struggle does not always go the way that you hoped or planned. but life is too short to give it to the kind of disappointment or losing that comes with or with suffering some kind of setback. and so, for me, it was getting back up and taking stock of where i was and where i thought
the country was because i think also in this particular case country past year, the -- at least a majority of the country -- has similarly felt that something went amiss. do, iat i've tried to have a new organization called "onward together" to support individuals and groups that are really harnessing a lot of the grassroots activism and energy that is out there to try to push changesinst some of the that are being imposed from washington and ultimately win some elections. i was really heartened by what happened in virginia about 10 days ago. [applause] the clinton: so i think general message remains the same. but i also think we have to be willing to kind of take apart
everything that led to the defeat in 2016 and i tried to do that in this book because obviously i talk about the myrtcomings i had and that campaign had and that ultimately, i am responsible because it was my name on the ballot by there were other -- but there were other forces at work and it was like a perfect storm. there was a lot that was you know, was unprecedented weather was the intervention by the fbi at the last minute for no good reason or russia, which we are learning about more everything will day, or suppressing the vote. thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people across the country unfairly prevented from voting even though they are just as much a citizen and registered and tried as hard as they could but could not cross the barriers that have been erected since the supreme
court gutted the voting rights act. when i talk about what happened, i am very focused on making sure it does not happen again. so that is why am speaking out -- continue toe speak out and i am going to do to haveng i can to try an election in 2018 that is about real things. you know, this is one of the challenges for bill and me. i will be very clear about that, over the last several years year for him talk about how much he loves getting out around arkansas listening to people. i was with him every step of the way when identity education standards. we held hearings in every county of the state. we were so in touch with and able to listen to thousands and
kansans andf our ar try to take that on board and figure out, ok. what are we going to do. have a clearer channel for communication. unfortunately, our bali politic immune system has been -- our immune system has been compromised because starting with the creation of the fox network -- it was not there when bill first ran. it was one of the first reasons he probably survived. theas there when he ran second time. associatedf its media outlets, who are by no means delivering news. they are delivering partisan efficacy positions irrespective of the truth, the fact, the evidence.
and i think we have to stand up regardless of what party. regardless of our own ideological beliefs. a democracy depends upon an informed citizenry that has access to accurate information and i will tell you that -- [applause] mrs. clinton: there is no such thing as alternative facts. it does not exist. in politics or in nature. and, it was astonishing to me the things people believed about me and this campaign. and, some of my arkansas traveler friends and some of my other friends from literally my childhood to adulthood and all of the places i've lived and worked, they were out there knocking on doors and calling people and they would run into folks and they would get somebody on the front porch and they would say, you know, i am here campaigning work hillary
clinton i've known her since it's great. i want to loss go with her. i worked with her the children's defense fund. wherever they identified themselves. and i would like you to support her. more times than you could believe they would get an answer like, i can't support her. she killed somebody. i can't support her, she runs a child trafficking ring in the basement of a pizzeria. and my friends would be totally be wilderness and they would say, no she didn't. i know her. i have known her for decades. no she did not. oh yeah, i saw it on the internet. now we know russia was sending a lot of those messages on the internet. they were stealing information, providing phony news. bethere is reason to disappointed and reason to feel like, you know, we did not succeed and that is hard to live
with. very painful. but there is also a call to action. we cannot let our politics be turned into a fiction that benefits a very small minority of americans and -- [applause] and, you know, i'm going to keep speaking out. apparently, you know, my former opponent is obsessed with my speaking out. apparently there is another tweet today. honestly, between tweeting and golfing, how does he get anything done? i do not understand it. maybe that is the whole point . but, yes, resilience is the key and it is not only the key for
individuals, it is the key for our country. take everywe have to election seriously. not just residential elections. we need to vote in every election. this 2018 election is going to be really important for our country and you know, the best antidote to disappointment is to keep fighting and keep working and be successful and that is what we intend to do on behalf of the country that we love and we have tried in our own ways to serve over all these years. james: one more time. the man from hope. the man always looking. don't stop thinking about tomorrow. talking about tomorrow, tell us at this hour of our despair, why 's best daysamerica is still ahead of it. i know you have always believed
that. how do we make sure that happens? clinton: first of all, we are the best positioned country in the world for the future so if we screw this up, it will require a lot of willful look, in the last election she won the popular vote. and, if the voters, we have a this, disagreement about about what really happened. if the voters had not been told female, the most important issue since the end of world war ii i doubt if the attorney general could've thrown doubt if the election could've been thrown in the end. we all have to go back and harness here and try to get ourselves a basic remark beyond
which we will not go in arguing the issue so we are just out there and la la land. i tell you what we should be optimistic, because having lost it, i can tell you, use matters. -- youth matters. we are one of the youngest countries on earth. you should be optimistic because we have so many immigrants because like every other wealthy country, the birth rate among our native born are going down to barely replacement level. younghave to have more people. you should be optimistic because notwithstanding what you were told, if you count the documented in to the undocumented immigrants in this country, the crime rate is one half the rate of the nativeborn. you should be optimistic because we're people here from count all and if you
of the terrible things that have been done by muslims expressing aspect resentment about of american life in the modern world, their murder rate is one third that of the nativeborn. thiswe have got to stop you want to -- if get the resentment, you can. the problem with the people who did not vote for her and don't listen to me anymore and think i am you know, gone over to the dark side, is that they live in places not with a lot of immigrants are a lot of muslims who have of people been transgender or anything else. they live in places where there is not enough mobility because there is not enough investment because there's not a national network of broadband put
everybody in the global economy because nobody will stand up , yes, oursay differences matter but what we have in common is much more important. the genome that james carville started with, he said this would be my greatest legacy. to know what everyone of you should say -- not about this. it does not matter if each of us lives to be 120. every difference in this vast crowd today is rooted in one half of 1% of your genome. there are 3.6 billion genomes in the body. percent isalf of a peanuts compared to the 99 and a half percent we all share. shape, skin, body color, eye color, you name it. .5% oft we assess for 99 the time.
why should we not spend just a reallymore time if we put people first again, we would think about how we can share the future. i am optimistic about america because of our diversity and because of what we did with the genome, because we are -- where we are in science and technology. because we were ranked and second in the world above all advanced countries in the ability to fight crime and change by generating energy from the sun, the wind, and other sources. name me one single solitary thing -- we are leading the otherstill in all this stuff. we've got more than enough juice to get back in the front of the internetyou know, it , all of this information technology stuff. the only thing getting in our way is our stupid politics.
-- insistence on putting private interest in front of public interest. [indiscernible] i am feel, look, this -- unsympathetic. two i very much. stop griping when they take your votes away. stop griping when they redistrict your congressional district and your representative district. every one of these elections -- it probably would not happen. so do i approve of it? no. i do not approve of it. i think it should be illegal and unconstitutional but we are getting in our own way. we could build the most modern infrastructure of any country in the world and interest rates are
still low. we can build alliances around the world. we can tweak our trade agreements if they need improvement but we should not run away from the rest of the rope, that is what i think. you should be optimistic. we are the best positioned country in the world. all you have to do is have politics and thinks about the future of the children here instead of whether you can when a cheap shot by driving a stake the between americans in the short run. otherwise, i do not feel strongly about this. applause] james: two points i want to make before we leave and to me they are very important. the first one is, the way over here i got a call from my best friend. do,eminded me that they gallup polls or someone does a survey on the most admired women in the country and the person
to the president. i think i am right. i will probably be fact checked on this but i think i am on really solid ground. years,last 35 years, 35 a clinton has run for public office, put themselves before .he voters 18 times president clinton, 11. secretary clinton, seven times you have run. do you know, of the 18 times, how many a clinton has gotten the most votes? that would be 18. savin could not do that. and 35 years, you are 18-0. i have to tell you this, somebody somewhere out there really loves you guys. that is one heck of a record.
mrs. clinton: james, before we close i want to say a really heartfelt word of thank you to our team here at the presidential center in the library. i want to thank everybody but in particular i want to thank bruce lacey and stephanie street and lena them more and -- who workedverybody for them in with them. theclintons golf of -- clinton school, we are really, really proud of what the center in the library and the school are doing and we did not want time to pass without thanking and of course we want to thank the family that has been friends with us for a really long time for sponsoring the lecture series. mr. clinton: and i want to say, you know, we are very reluctant to start recognizing but we have
already recognize the arkansas travelers. georgia, florida, missouri, other places, there are a lot of people here who were in that 1992 campaign. david, frank, stephanie, thank you very much. here he thompson from california. 1992body who is in that campaign. it is different now. notit -- one thing should be different. to talkd still be able to our friends and neighbors about things that are about their lives without having people whose sole goal is to gain power by discrediting, disabuse income a confusing abolishing the line between fact and fiction and truth and lie. so if you want to think about
something for next time, think about how to get people to vote at midterm and think about how the next generation can do a better job than i could anymore. snapchat, twitter, creating space to remind people that my great uncle buddy used to say, when people make you mad they are trying to stop you from inking and there is something to thinkingop you from and there is something to be said for thinking. i want to thank you all. that if let you know you do not stop thinking about tomorrow and you never forget that we have to go together in that our racial diversity makes it smarter and better. our gender diversity makes it smarter and better. our ethnic diversity makes it smarter and better and that diverse groups of people make homogenoussions than
groups. don't forget that. was thinking about all of who would say, what is your crazy boss reading today and what new help does that mean -- what in the hell does that mean -- excuse me -- but that is what i want for you. ask yourself how you're going to keep score as we clock our way through this mess. our way through this mess. look at the young people here. all that matters. all that matters is whether people are better off if you quit than when you started and those kids future. it is better to come together than to beat when apart. as one of hillary's favorite
phrases, all of the rest his background music. play the main theme. don't stop thinking about tomorrow. thank you. please welcome skip whether ford, dean of the university of arkansas school of public service. [applause] -- skip weatherford, dean of the university of arkansas school of public service. [applause] president clinton, secretary clinton, and james. it is always great having you back. i want to thank you clintons not only for your candor but for your inspiration. thank you very much. that was a wonderful program. i want to think the clinton foundation and at&t and special thanks to the family whose generous gift honoring your
parents made this lecture possible. thank you very much. clinton, back to 1992, 1 to say on behalf of arkansas advocates for holdren and families, one to say on behalf of the arkansas single-parent scholarship fund, and i want to say on behalf of the many families that you bringing hippie to arkansas. from a personal perspective of working on that board with you, for the thousands of children that are alive and thriving because of that intensive care nursery that you brought to arkansas at arkansas children's hospital and tonight when you drive, drive by children's hospital and see those lights living 30 plus children because of hillary clinton's
work in arkansas. [applause] >> so from that ain't store on some street to 1200 president clinton avenue, 25 years has been one heck of a ride. for the next 25 years, mr. president, madam secretary, just know that it will be clinton school graduates who will be putting people first all over arkansas, america, and the world. thank you for joining us. have a safe trip home. applause] ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017]
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