tv 25th Anniversary Election of Bill Clinton CSPAN November 23, 2017 5:24am-6:59am EST
>> governor clinton and hillary clinton took -- went door-to-door and passed out campaign videotapes of quentin. >> i want you to send a message of what kind of future you want, what kind of leadership you believe in and how we can win again. what is your name? >> calvin. >> how old are you? >> eight. how does it feel to be president? >> i do not know. i have not won yet. i hope it will feel good. will you ask someone to vote for me? i think we know enough to say with some certainty that new hampshire tonight has made bill clinton the comeback kid. [applause]
♪ >> i am proud to say to all of you here and united states this is the next vice president of the united states of america, senator al gore from tennessee. [applause] >> people are hearing bill clinton's message, they are deciding to help change this country and get our country moving forward. [cheering] >> bill clinton wants to put people first. they are responding to the message of putting people first. we will make the government work for the average families. >> it is time to put the american people first to invest and grow this economy. >> people tell him things they don't tell anybody else. this is not unusual. part of it is, they recognized somebody who has had honest struggles in his own life. when somebody says something to him, he does not brush them off. he does not look beyond them. he listens to them. he will listen, and he will care.
he will try to help. >> it is time for a change. it is time for someone smart enough to do, strong enough to lead. the comeback kid. a new voice for a new america. i nominate for the office of the president of the united states the man from hope, arkansas. >> arkansas proudly casts our 48 votes for our favorite son, bill clinton. >> ohio casts 144 votes for the next president. [applause]
gov. clinton: i still believe in a place called hope. god bless you. god bless america. >> number one. >> the next president, bill clinton. >> we are going to get on these buses in a minute and we are going to new jersey, and pennsylvania, and kentucky, and ohio, illinois, and missouri, and before we are through, we are going to go to the heartland of america and into the hearts of america. i will ask you one last time. will you help me change the future of america? >> [indiscernible] >> the next president, bill clinton. >> 4100 miles. >> i will throw in the used towel. >> i also got 3000 feet of construction fence. >> i think we are to win tomorrow.
i think many of you will go on and help him. people will tell you you are lucky, you are not. the harder you work, the luckier you are. >> the sticker i have fun says i voted. i voted clinton and gore and i was the first person in texas. >> the sticker i have on says i voted. i voted for bill clinton and al gore. >> i have been smiling so much, so broadly that my jaws hurt.
>> i went to work in the campaign of 1982. i have been home very little since. >> it is hard to believe. >> where is elvis? he is always late. excuse me. pres elvis? >> hillary clinton, and governor clinton. [cheers] gov. clinton: my fellow americans, on this day with high hopes and the brave hearts in
james: i thank everybody. one of the things i vividly remember was in new hampshire, when our poll numbers are dropping faster than the thermometer. we had a group called arkansas travelers. how many travelers do we have here? and i wish that the two of you you could talk about what it meant to be in that environment that they were going through. you had so many people in arkansas that love you so much. pres. clinton: first of all, thank you. thank all of you for making this possible. it is true what james said. our poll numbers were dropping faster than the temperature. it was cold.
it was obviously part of a strategy. i had already been warned by the white house that if i ran for president, my poll numbers would drop, quickly and in the primary. i was expecting it. i did not know how they were going to get it done, but i am sure it was organized, and it would have plenty of people obliging them. all of a sudden, all of this is going on, and then this full page ad appears in the manchester union leader with 600 arkansans, and young people will find this hard to believe, there were no cell phones, they weighed five pounds. 600 people from arkansas put their phone number in an ad in the manchester union leader, and said do not believe what they are telling you about our governor. we will pay for the call and
tell you the truth. i will never forget it. in the arkansas tabloids that had been there, another 150 people dropped what they were doing, and most of them drove on their own to new hampshire, and they put 100,000 drops on doors, and they turned it around. and the rest is history. if they had not been for the people of arkansas, there weren't enough of us to go around, we would not have made it. so, thank you. [applause] sec. clinton: new hampshire in late 1991 and 1992, it was a much shorter campaign. bill did not announce until early october. if you can imagine, october of 1991. it was not one of these endless, long, grueling campaigns. 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 needed change, and we needed the kind of energy and dynamism that bill was representing. so, we spent a lot of time between mid-and late october into january, early february in new hampshire. what james is talking about, was a truly horrible moment. i had spent the day, bill was there as well, at the manchester mall. we had been greeting people there. random people, whoever walked into the mall, i would say hello, introduce myself, say that i was campaigning for bill, ask for their vote.
the primary was 48 hours away. i got a really good response. people seemed very interested and positive, and you just felt, hey, maybe it was turning around. then we went back to the little hotel we were camped out in, and we had a meeting with our pollsters, and the pollsters said you are dropping like a rock. you may not stay even in double digits.
i remember thinking that is not the way it felt. one of the big differences between 1992 and 2016 is you felt like you could connect better and more deeply, and more quickly with people. i thought, ok, that is what the poll is saying, but it is not what i feel. i said, i am going to bed because i did not see what else we could do. we did everything we need to do. when the primary came, and bill finished a surprising and high second, i was really hopeful. one of the brilliant strategic decisions that were made in the new hampshire primary came when, as you saw in the movie, bill went out first and claimed victory even though we had finished second. [laughter] and it was just explosion because he had lost. [laughter] but compared to what we thought was going to happen, he had one -- won big. from that moment on, he had momentum and he had so much support. i know there are some people from new hampshire who along the
way have helped us in so many elections and primaries, and the people of new hampshire really sent him forward into the remaining contests. pres. clinton: i also think it is important to point out, it is true as hillary said, we finished second. everybody thought we were going to finish fifth. and we went down and came back up, and my principal opponent , paul tsongas, beat me like a yard dog in the first 10 miles of new hampshire next to massachusetts. the rest of new hampshire, thanks to a lot of people in this room, we won. when they said, you lost anyway. i said, yes i did. and i congratulate senator
tsongas. now, let's see how he does when we get to memphis. [laughter] and it had the desired effect. it was great. it was unbelievable. new hampshire was one of the greatest experiences in our lives. the thing that i liked was, people talk to you about real problems, real dreams, and they wanted real answers. they were not interested in how well you could badmouth your opponent, or what you could say. they wanted to know, what were you going to do to help them with their lives? and i will never forget it as long as i live. james: recently in politics we hear, politicians say one thing and do another.
the night you campaigned, as i recall, putting people first. i think there was a sign that said, it is the economy, stupid. it was clear to the american people that what you wanted to do was build an economy that worked across america. nothing was any clearer. that was the promise you made. talk about the eight years that you were president, and talk about the things that happened across america, so at the end of the day when we had this focused campaign, people call it sloganeering and soundbites, that you were really clear, that if you look back, and let's talk about what happened to the economy and to people all across america in the last eight years.
i think that is important. in this moment of national cynicism we have. pres. clinton: first of all, we were seeing things that people are upset about this time 25 years ago, which is very uneven levels of economic growth. both by income, and also by region. there was growing income and equality, and lower mobility. what i said was, if you give me a chance, we will try to build an economy that puts you first, where you can all be a part of it. and you have got a responsibility to educate your children and train yourself to do what is available. i cannot repeal the laws of economics, but we can shape it so you can do better. our theory was if we gave incentives to invest everywhere, we focused on the future, then
trained people for jobs that we knew we could grow in number, we could drive employment and get rid of the deficit at the same time, and grow the economy faster. after eight years, it was the only time in a long time that all quintiles of the economy grew together. the bottom 20% of our people actually have their incomes increase in percentage terms as
much as the top 5%, and greater than the top 20%. [applause] because we grew the economy from the bottom up, african-american families incomes went up 32%. hispanics, 24%. overall, 17%. and there was no interracial tension because we grew it from the bottom up instead of the top down. so everybody's incomes went up. it is the only time it happened in a month of sundays. 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 bottom-up works, and try to grow it from the top down does not. i hate to see us go down that road again, because we're going to reach the same dead-end again. it works to do it the way we did. put the people first, they will bring everybody else along. sec. clinton: the other aspect of this, which i really thought was amazing, is in addition to growing the economy for everybody, by the end of bill's eight years, the budget was balanced and we had a surplus. if we had continued those policies, we would have eliminated our national debt. [applause] that seems almost impossible to believe. i was in the senate in 2001. all of a sudden, the new republican administration said,
we have got a surplus, we need to give it back to the people, meaning the very richest of americans. and so let's cut taxes, and we will go back and show you. maybe it did not work before, but we will show you we can trickle down and have economic growth. and a number of us said, why would we undermine the hard work of eight years? remember, when bill became president, he inherited an economy that had a growing deficit and debt. the prior 12 years had quadrupled the debt of america, more than at any time in our entire previous history. and he was determined to try to reverse that because he believed, number one, it was good for the economy, and it was responsible, and it was what we should be doing for our children and grandchildren. it was really, really hard. economic plans, the deficit
reduction plan passed in each house by one vote. and not a single republican voted for it. instead, they beat the drum day after day about how this policy of raising taxes on the wealthy, of getting more revenue to be able to invest in our people, putting people first was going to wreck the economy. and they were dead wrong. now we are hearing the same baloney today, right? [applause]
i know we live in a really speeded up world. it is important to learn that lessons of history, not revisionist phony history, but real history. we know how to grow the economy in a modern globalized world. it is heartbreaking, when you saw 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 at any time and -- time in previous history. believe me, it is frustrating. if you try to live in the reality-based world which is where we should live, making these points and not being able to get them across, or have them believed, it is the fairytale of economics that it is going to trickle down. we are going to make everything great.
we may be cutting medicare and medicaid and health care, 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. the tough budget that bill fought for, that he passed that was really, really difficult, it did not immediately kick in, so people did not see results quickly enough. in the 1994 midterm elections were disastrous. then they shut the government down. and he had to fight against them on every front to save medicaid and medicare and the rest of it. but eventually, the facts were proven and the results were seen. and, 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.
pres. clinton: since it is a little bit of a retrospective, i owe a thank you to al gore. he did a great job. he loved to cut this joke about breaking the tie in the senate on the budget. he said, nobody else can say this, whenever i vote, we win. [laughter] he only voted when there was a tie. everybody is for change in general. and against it in particular. and people like it when it works out, but if it requires effort, you have to be prepared for a payment of a short-term political price. i grieved, literally grieved for years that so many people lost their seats in congress in 1994, because we were seeing the beginning of a pattern. which was broken only in 1998 and 2006, thank you, mayor emanuel, but the truth is, it worked out pretty well for the american people. last night, i was watching cnn, and the trailer came on and said, after they killed all these members of congress
because they voted for the budget, but for the brady bill background checks and the assault weapons ban, that now 95% of the country supports comprehensive background checks, and 65% would support an assault weapons ban. [applause] that still does not mean you could survive voting for it. it all depends on who shows up. one of the great challenges we both face is in national campaigns and governance in the white house, is to realize that between you and the people you are trying to put first, the further you move away up the totem pole, the more layers there are between you and the people. and the more difficult and challenging it can be to communicate. so, you cannot be undisciplined, and you cannot be weak-kneed. you have to keep trying to break through. never stop trying to explain. never stop trying to reach people. it is a big part of the job. frankly, one that after i got in, i underestimated it.
i was governor of a small southern state. the idea of being in touch with all of your people was natural and inevitable. when you are president or running for president, or when you are secretary of state, it requires strenuous effort against forces determined to see that you cannot communicate with people. that was all very exciting. it worked out great for you, but change is not easy. a lot of people checked their careers at the door to make america stronger, safer, and a more fair place. in addition to economic progress, a 25 year low in the crime rate, a 33 year low in the murder rate, a 47 year low and
-- in the illegal deaths by gun rate of all kinds. i thank all of you who made that possible. james: mrs. clinton, i want to go to one of your areas of expertise. the economic success is what people remember. i was going in the library and i noticed this mandela exhibit, i wish you could talk for a few minutes about the foreign-policy successes we had. taco little bit about that and other things because i think
there were some real foreign-policy achievements that tend to get overshadowed by the economic achievements. sec. clinton: that's right. thank you for raising it. if you look at the eight years, the united states played a major role in some significant foreign-policy successes. let me name a couple. first, the irish peace process. [applause] it would never have happened without bill deciding that united states was going to back it. that happened because of the campaign. when he was trying to get support, and people were still try to figure out who he was, and what he had done in arkansas, he had a meeting with irish-americans led by a man we both knew from law school. one of the requests was, if you get elected, would you be willing to play a more active
role in trying to end the troubles? and bill said he would. it was a risky decision. i remember well he decided to give gerry adams, the head of sinn fein, which was seen as the equivalent of the ira, a visa to come to the united states, and there was an enormous uproar in opposition from the government and our own ambassador in london, and people saying, no, do not do this. bill said, you have to make peace with people you have serious differences. he asked george mitchell to be 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] another important action that was taken involved europe, and involved the balkans. you remember the horrific war in bosnia, where it was almost a
precursor of some of what we see in the world today, where disinformation and the media are used to sew discord and set people against each other, and you had serbs and croats and bosniaks living peacefully together. sarajevo hosted the olympics a few years before. and all of a sudden, there was this intense effort to blame different groups and individuals within those groups. and a war started. and it was very difficult for the europeans to figure out what to do about it alone. and again, bill said the united states, with others, not on our own the, would try to end the war in bosnia. the late richard holbrook was the chief negotiator, and he did an extraordinary job in a really cornering milosevic, and they
were able to craft a difficult resolution. of course, it was hard, and there were still outstanding issues as we saw later in kosovo when milosevic begin to deport people. i went to the refugee camp and saw these people had been loaded onto freight trains. too terribly reminiscent of what had happened in the europe in the 1940's and 1930's under hitler. bill said, we are going to end this and he ran a bombing campaign against serbia and forced them to end their deportation and kosovo is an
independent country now. they still have a lot of problems in the balkans, let's not kid ourselves. these are difficult, terrible problems. he worked incredibly hard with his counterparts in israel to try to come up with a solution to that very challenging set of issues. he was at camp david with prime minister barack and yasser arafat. we remember the incredible photograph of the oslo accords being signed in 1993 on the white house lawn. from that moment forward, bill worked to try to find resolutions in ending conflict with jordan, and creating more support for israeli security, and recognizing the desires of the palestinians.
camp david got close, but not close enough. but it was a consistent, concerted effort. when you think about that time, one of the really bright spots i think for the world, was the election of mandela. [applause] mandela became a leader by whom i list as the most admired people i ever met. with my understanding of history, ranking right up there. he became a close personal friend, and advisor, a mentor, and his example of how to pursue truth and reconciliation is something that i wish more of the world would pay attention to. there are many other things, but those are the ones that i immediately think about, and maybe you would like to add some ideas as well. pres. clinton: i want to make a couple of points.
first of all, since there are so many people here who not only helped to elect us, but helped us to govern, the only thing that compensates for the president being of vulnerable to be blamed when the sun does not, -- does not come up just about every day is that you get a fair amount of credit when all the people who work for you do something good. i want to thank everybody here. hillary is talking about the balkans. one person who played a big role was wes clark. he was richard holbrook's aid when we were trying to do that.
everything we did over eight years, there were somewhere between one and 100 people who deserved a major credit for the good outcome. i want to point that out. people's willingness to serve in public office, which may go up or down depending on how they perceive it as a good or not good thing to do, is very important. and had a lot to do with it. second thing, hillary made all these points then talked about mandela. why do we love mandela? because he is not like what we
do not like about today's politics. in today's politics, conflict is more important than cooperation. attacking people and demeaning them and debasing them and dividing them is more important than treating them with respect, and lifting them up. mandela was in prison or house confinement for 27 years, and yet he always treated people with respect and tried to lift them up. he tried to bring them together, and succeeded in doing it. instinctively, i think most americans who care about their country know that ever since the end of the cold war, when the bipolar world of the former soviet union and the u.s. went away, and we could have fights
without blowing each other to kingdom come, even with the rise of terror, it 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. most people who say, oh, that is wrong, i want people to be reasonable and compromise, they may be, but they do not vote that way very much. why? because, sometimes we take our democracy for granted. we take our public servants for granted. we expect people to come, and election time comes, and we want somebody that can play into our fears or anger. do not do that. because, one of the things that everybody who has governed since the end of the cold war has
learned, the world is interdependent. we have to find a way to share the future. that means we have to have shared responsibilities. we also have to bring the opportunity for economic growth to everyone, for personal opportunity for their kids, for mobility, for social security and cultural dignity, and so far there are a lot of ragged edges. because we say one thing and vote another. we were navigating all of that. so, i want you to think about that. we worked like crazy to try to bridge all these divides. the final thing i would say, not necessarily in our interests, today while we are all celebrating, there is not much the united states can do to make peace if the leaders in the local region do not want to make peace. you can help a lot if people are
inclined to do the right thing. then you can maximize the benefits, and minimize the risks, and help to pave the way, which is what i tried to do in all of the situations hillary mentioned, and several others. first, you have to have -- the american poet carl sandberg said you have to have rich one team -- wanting, you have to want. you have to want this thing to work out. that is what i pray will happen for all of you and anybody you can reach. we cannot let this country go away. we cannot let our divisions eat us alive. we cannot trash our democracy and rob are children and grandchildren of the world the chance to do that. you have to want it. [applause]
james: one of my favorite moments in the campaign took place at the governor's mansion in arkansas, when we introduced al and tipper gore, and named al gore your running mate. talk a little bit about that. they know something you are passionate about is you are identifying with the economy, and he was identifying with the environment. he talked about the environmental record and also going forward with people like my family, who live in a place that you want minsk, who are concerned about the decision. i think it is worth mentioning at there with foreign policy. pres. clinton: i think today people do not think much about it. it was a groundbreaking choice. we were the same age from the same part of the country. in the same wing of the democratic party, and i picked him because he knew more about things than i did, certain things. i knew more about economics and education policy. and sort of state, federal relations. hillary knew more about childhood development and education.
but al gore knew more about information technology, nuclear and other defense issues, and the environment. i read "earth and the balance" when it came out. i thought there was no point in having this job unless you could make a difference in peoples lives and prepare for the future. so that is what we did. a lot of people thought it would be a big mistake politically. it was interesting because when president george w. bush ran for president in 2000 and picked dick cheney, at the time he did it, he seemed he was taking a different path than he is now, but he was part of that neoconservative group. the idea became more current at the president and vice president should be in sync. i think that is important because there are a surprising number of presidents since our country began who were unable to finish their terms, and therefore you should pay a lot of attention to who the vice president is. i thought hillary made a very good selection of tim kaine from
virginia as her vice presidential running mate. [applause] they saw the world the same way. he had extraordinary executive experience and got things done. i think we need more of that in washington. sec. clinton: i want to add onto that about the environment. you know, al gore has been a persistent prophet about climate change and the risks we face. [applause] i really admire the work he started as a senator, that he tried to continue as vice president. he still continues it today. he has another movie out that is trying to change public opinion. not only change public opinion but the decision-making of a elected officials. here's where we are now. when kyoto was signed and al represented the united states at the signing at kyoto, al and bill had great hopes they could persuade the senate to go along, and those hopes were dashed. and it was a bipartisan bashing.
both republicans and democrats. pres. clinton: 98-0. sec. clinton: it doesn't get more bipartisan than that. [laughter] there was this idea, which al was so committed to trying to disabuse people of, that trying to deal with the very threats of climate change would be bad for the american economy. and both bill and al tried during the 1990's, despite a big resistance, to make that case. and 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 the northernmost inhabited place in the world to talk to their scientists. we went to alaska, and mccain really tried to put together a group of republicans to work with democrats on these issues. but 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 gun violence. a lot of people care about it, wish we would do something about it, but not everybody sees it as their number one issue. if you have a really determined, 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 to make it a voting issue. we were going to try to do something about it. i went off 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 contentious meeting. it was incredibly difficult. the chinese and indians and the russians were not interested. we eventually pounded out an agreement. we got the first agreement post-kyoto, because nobody was going back to kyoto, is -- because everybody knew the developing countries were growing faster, and they had to be part of the solution. we hammered out an agreement, and in subsequent years more agreement was reached until we got to the paris agreement.
the paris agreement really was the culmination of so much of the work of so many people, including, and most notably, al gore. along comes the new administration, and a whole -- and they pull us out of the paris agreement. and we are now the only country in the world not in the paris agreement. even when assad is not murdering his own people, he joined the agreement. we are the only one left, and we are losing economic opportunity. this is what is most western team because even back in the 1990's, we tried to green the white house. we tried to do things that would demonstrate personal leadership. and we also, thanks to bill and al, made the case that this was an economic opportunity for america.
james: if you could talk about children in the united states and chip and why it is important for the program to continue. >> it really took off when i got involved with the arkansas children's hospital. proud of what happened with the hospital starting in the very first term of bills governorship when the hospital wanted to growth so that every child in arkansas would be taken care of and we would have the
most sophisticated care that you could provide and with bills leadership, there was great partnership between the state and children's hospital. grow and flourish. difference it made for it is with my own daughter, important it was. me in 1993 if i would work on health care, i to.ishly said i would love -- your husband just put you in
charge of health care can we know what happened. -- just put you in charge of health care. does that mean he loves you are hates you? [laughter] we all know what happened. it was incredibly controversial. but it laid the groundwork for what we were able to achieve both with chip and the affordable care act. [applause] after we were unsuccessful with
health care reform writ large, i was determined we would take care of kids. during the time i was working on health care i traveled the country and met with so many people. i was at the children's hospital in cleveland and i was meeting with parents who had children with chronic diseases but who were uninsured. we were sitting in a conference room and they were telling me their story. i got to a man who said, i have two daughters with cystic fibrosis. he said, i am a successful businessman. i could afford insurance, and nobody will so me a policy. i said, what do they say to you when you ask them to help you bear the cost of caring for your daughters? he said, i will tell you what the last insurance company i met with, what the agent told me.
he looked at me when i explained what we were up against, and he said, you do not understand. we do not insure burning houses. and the man i was talking to had tears in his eyes. and he said, they called might little girls burning houses. i never got that image out of my head. so, i went to ted kennedy, and i talked to him about trying to figure out some way to cover kids. he was the master of the senate, brought republicans on board, including orrin hatch. we worked to create a bipartisan children's health insurance program at was a partnership between the federal government and the states. it helps to take care of 9 million kids a year. [applause] it primarily deals with families that are working families, or even successful families like
the man i met in cleveland, whose employer-based health care does not insure them because of pre-existing conditions, or because they hit their lifetime limits. and they are certainly making more money that would make them eligible for medicaid. they were in that no man's land. so, we got it passed, and every year since bill signed it into law, these 9,000,000-10,000,000 kids have been taken care of. and i have probably done a lot 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. i had cancer as a child. 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 reauthorized. 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. so, by the end of the year, unless it is reauthorized by the end of the year, nine million
children and their families will be facing some very, very dire circumstances. i can only hope by the end of 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 lives saved and the futures 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] james: mr. president, 50 years from now the economic achievements, foreign policy
achievements, environmental -- 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 a little bit about that. how it 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. [applause] i think that while we were getting rid of the deficit, determined to balance the budget, i wanted to keep doing that. so i spent $3 billion of your money to sequence the human genome in a big national scientific research effort. we made a private partnership who was funding his own private entity.
i felt it would have a major impact on the quality and length of life for the next generation and for hundreds of years to come. see if we can keep from blowing things up and so we did it. now you can get a genome analysis for considerably less than $3 billion 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 we have ever gotten in the united states for that $3 billion. what do 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 tests earlier. pretty soon we will have the capacity to say to every mother of a young female baby to go 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. [applause] a lot of people did not want to do that. 20 years ago we started the first cyber security unit in the national government, and we should have kept it going. last year, israel got half of the investment of the world and private security. that should bother you. even though they are our allies, the united states should be well
ahead of them in cyber security investment 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 for hillary was in eastern kentucky in the middle of appalachia in the eastern most university, morehead state. they asked me to look at their nanotechnology program. they are building in eastern kentucky what used to be coal country, eight pound satellites
for a million dollars apiece. most of what those $400 million satellites will do. so i went to see this young guy, who was clearly supporting her, probably to risk life and limb where he was. [laughter] 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 twang looked at me and said, tungsten. it does real well in outer space. [laughter] i said, how old are you? 19. i said where you from? he said, right here. so we talked and he said, mr. president, he said can i tell you one more thing? i said sure. he said, tell hillary not to
take it when people make fun of her for saying she is going to put up half a billion solar panels. he said, actually i think she is a little low. [laughter] i 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 sitting pretty. and i thought to myself -- what -- why am i telling you this? because that young man did not 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.
we got over 60% of the vote between the two of us. why? because people realized they were hiring people to do a job and it made a difference. and, it was really important. .t you are not being hired we had one month in the previous eight years where unemployment national average. we led the country in job growth every single year in 1995. it takes a long time to turn the economy around. 1992, one of the most improved school systems in the country thanks to no small measure from hillary for that. [applause] mr. clinton: and the other state
was south carolina when i made deck rally secretary of education. more --was to create raise our kids everywhere without regards to race or gender or identity like that kid in kentucky making the nanotechnology satellites. so, i want you to think about that because they say snapchat is 10 seconds. i felt like a great moral victory had been won. -- i felt like it was a victory with twitter going from 140 up to 280 characters. 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 where things are, where do you want to go and how do you want to do it together? 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. i consider with the greatest honor of my life -- first of all i had this laboratory of training as a governor here for secondly,years and that i got to start at a time when grassroots politics still mattered and when people listen to each other and they didn't just want to think of some new put down and it wasn't a question of whose resentment was better than someone else was else's, 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
james: so -- [laughter] i think there's an elephant in the room. we talked a lot about children. and i think one of the real values that all of us that have been privilege to be associated with you is that we earnestly believed and earnestly taught our children that life was a struggle, but at the end of the day, if you prepared, worked hard and are willing to accept risk, and i you -- if you understood there were setbacks in life, that you would ultimately achieve your goal. this has been a hard year for parents. to help ushelp us --
and help these young people how we talk about these things in light of the events a little over a year ago. mrs. clinton: well -- [laughter] i wrote a book " what happened." and it's really a book about resilience. personal resilience as well as national resilience, because i do think everybody gets knocked down. and the real question is, are you going to get back up? and not everybody will lose a presidential election. but everybody will suffer loss. and so, 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, to me, itrength and, fore was my family, my friends, my faith. it was a lot of long walks in the woods. yoga. iternate nostril breathing, highly recommend it. know, cleaningu my closets, jobs that had a beginning, middle, and end. reading a lot of mysteries because the bad guy always got it in the end. [applause] but trying to fall back on the consistent message that i certainly got from my parents, to impart tod
my daughter and will 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 in to the kind of disappointment or despair that with with losing or 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 to over the past year, the country, at least a majority of the country, has similarly felt that something went amiss. and what i've tried to do, i've
organization to support individuals and groups that are really harnessing a lot of the grassroots activism and energy that is out there to try theush back against some of changes 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] so, i think the general message remains the same, but i also think that we have to be willing to kind of pick apart everything that led to the defeat in 2016. i've tireried to do that in this book. i talk about the shortcomings my ultimately, iand,
am responsible because it was my name on the ballot. but there were other forces at work and it was like a perfect storm. there was a lot that was happening that was unprecedented, whether it was the intervention by the fbi at the last minute for no good reason, or russia, which we are learning about more every single day, or suppressing the vote. tens and hundreds of thousands of people across the country voting, prevented from even though they are just as much a citizen and just as registered and tried as hard as they could but could not cross the barriers that had been erected since the supreme court gutted the voting rights act. when i talk about what happened, i'm very focused on making sure it does not happen again. so that's why i am speaking out and going to continue to speak
out. and i'm going to do everything i can. have an election in 2018 that is about real things. this has been one of the challenges for bill and me, i'll be very clear about that over the last several years. you've heard him talk about how arounde loves getting out arkansas, listening to people. i was with him every step of the way when i did the education standards. we held hearings in every county in the state. we were so in touch with and able to listen to thousands and and take of arkansasns that on board and figure out what are we going to do but we also had a clear channel for communication. unfortunately, our body
politic's immune system has been impaired. has been are concerted effort starting with the creation of the fox network. it wasn't there when bill first ran. one of the reasons he probably survived. it was there when he ran the second time. know, all of its, you associated media outlets, who means delivering news, they are delivering partisan advocacy positions irrespective of the truth, the facts, the evidence. and i think we have got to stand up, regardless of what party, regardless of our own ideological police. -- beliefs. upon anacy depends informed citizenry that has access to accurate information. and i will tell you that --
[applause] is no suchn: there thing as an alternative fact. it does not exist. in politics or in nature. was astonishing to me that things people believed about me and this campaign. y arkansas traveler and friends and other friends of mine from my childhood to adulthood and all of the places that i have lived and worked, they were out there knocking on doors on calling people and they would run into folks. they'd give somebody on the front porch and they say i weigh in here campaigning since hillary clinton, i have known her since sixth grade, i went to law school with her, whatever they were identifying themselves at, and i'd like you to support her and more times than you can believe they would get an answer, i can't support her, she killed somebody. i can't support her, she runs a
child trafficking ring and the in the basement of pizzeria. and my friends would be totally bewildered. and they'd say, no, she didn't. i've known her, i have known her for decades. yeah, i saw it on the internet. waswe know that russia sending a lot of those messages on the internet, they were weaponize thing and stealing information, providing phony news. so, there's reason to be disappointed and reason to feel like, you know, we didn't succeed and that's hard to live with, very painful. also a call to action. we cannot let our politics be turned into a fiction that benefits a very small minority of americans. [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 was another tweet today. honestly, between tweeting and golfing, how does he get anything done? i do not understand it. so 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. and therefore, we have to take every election seriously. not just presidential elections. we need to vote in every election. this 2018 election is going to be really, 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 that, you know, we have tried in our own ways to serve over all these years. james: i want to turn to the man from hope. the peddler of optimism, the man that is always looking, don't stop thinking about tomorrow. talking about tomorrow, tell us, at this hour of despair, why you believe america's best days are still ahead of it? i know you believe that and have always believed it. what do we do? how do we make sure that happens? mr. 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
blindness and -- look, in the last election she won the popular vote. and it would have been -- [applause] mr. clinton: and, if the voters, we have a slight disagreement about this, about what really happened. if the voters had not been told that the first email, the this was -- that this was the most important issue since the end of world war ii i doubt if the fbi could have swung the election in the end. we all have to get back in the harness here and try to get ourselves a basic framework beyond which we will not go in arguing the issue so we are just out there in la la land. but i will tell you why we should be optimistic. because having lost it, i can tell you 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. so in order for us to continue to grow and be active in new economic areas, we have to have more young people. you should be optimistic because, notwithstanding what you were told, if you count the documented in to the undocumented immigrants in this -- and the undocumented immigrants in this country, the crime rate is one half the rate of the nativeborn. you should be optimistic because we have people here from everywhere and if you count all of the terrible things that have been done by muslims expressing violent resentment about aspect of american life in the modern world, their murder rate is one third that of the nativeborn. now, we have got to stop this
silliness and get down to it here. if you want to indulge 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 or a lot of muslims or a lot of people who have 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 that puts everybody in the global economy because nobody will stand up there and say, yes, our differences matter, but what we have in common is much more important. the genome, which jade korbel -- james coral -- james carville started with, he said this would be my greatest legacy. to know what everyone of you
shouulld know? 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. now, there are 3.6 billion genomes in the body. so even a half of a percent is a substantial number, but it is peanuts compared to the 99.5% we all share without regard to gender, race, body shape, skin color, eye color, you name it. why must we have says 99.5% of the time about the .5% of ourselves that are different? why should we not spend just a little more time. [laughter] [applause] mr. clinton: if we really 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 where we are in science and technology.
because we ranked first 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 clean sources. because you name it, name me one single, solitary thing -- we are leading the world still in material science and all this other stuff. we've got more than enough juice to get back in the front of the pack on, you know, it internet -- you know, internet security, all of this information technology stuff. the only thing getting in our way is our stupid politics. our insistence on putting special interests ahead of the general interest. on deciding when we will go and when we will not go to vote. based on when do we feel enthused? [laughter]
mr. clinton: and i feel, look, this -- i am unsympathetic. this is a problem for my party as much as yours. stop griping when they take your votes away. stop griping when they redistrict your congressional district and your representative district. if you had showed up at midterms, it probably would not have happened. [applause] mr. clinton: 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 world, 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 that think about the
future of the children here instead of whether you can when -- won -- win 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. he reminded me that they do, gallup or someone does a survey on the most admired women in the country. the person who has won that survey most often in all of its existence is one hillary rodham clinton. [cheers and applause] james: so -- [cheers and applause]
james: i kind of thought you would like that. just this morning, i was on the phone and happened to be doing research and i came in, i talked to the present. -- 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. in the last 35 years, 35 years, a clinton has run for public office, put themselves before the 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. [cheering] james: nick sabin could not do that. in 35 years, you are 18-0. i have to tell you this, somebody somewhere out there really loves you guys. that is a heck of a record. [applause] mrs. clinton: james, before we close, i just 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 thanks
bruce lindsey, stephanie street and lena moore and everybody who worked for them in with -- and with them. in a minute, we will hear from skip rutherford. i want to thank him and the great team at the clinton school. we are proud, we are really, really proud of what the center and 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 mentioned the arkansas travelers. thank you for not only going to new hampshire, but to georgia, florida, missouri, and other places. there are a lot of people here who were in that 1992 campaign. david, frank, stephanie, thank you very much. harry thompson, coming back from
california. everybody who was in that 1992 campaign. it is different now. but it -- one thing should not be different. we should still be able to talk to our friends and neighbors about things that are about their lives without having people whose sole goal is to gain power by discrediting, this -- disabusing, confusing people and and 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 -- in the snapchat and twitter world, to create space to remind people that, as my great uncle buddy used to say, when people make you mad they are trying to
stop you thinking, and there is something to be said for thinking. i want to thank you all. and just let you know that if you don't stop thinking about tomorrow and you never forget that we have to go together in -- together, and you never forget that our racial diversity makes us smarter and better, our gender diversity makes it -- makes us smarter and better, our ethnic adversity makes us smarter and better and that diverse groups of people make better decisions than homogenous groups. don't forget that. now, i was thinking about all of the people here who would say, what is your crazy boss reading today and 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 claw our way through this mess. look at your kids, grandkids, look at the young people here. all that matters. it is whether people are better off if you quit than when you started and those kids future. it is better to come together into have been torn apart. -- instead of being torn apart. and one of hillary's favorite phrases, all of the rest his -- is background music. play the main theme. don't stop thinking about tomorrow. thank you. [applause] >> please welcome skip weatherford, dean of the university of arkansas clinton school of public service. [applause]
>> thank you president clinton, secretary clinton, and james. it is always great having you back. i want to thank you, clinton's, not only for your candor but for your inspiration. thank you very much. that was a wonderful program. i want to thank the clinton foundation and at&t and special thanks to the family whose generous gift honoring your parents made this lecture series possible. we owe you guys a big deal. thank you very much. and secretary clinton, back to 1992, i want to say on behalf of arkansas advocates for children and families, on behalf of the arkansas single-parent
scholarship fund, and i want to say on behalf of the many families that you touched, we are bringing hippie to arkansas. [applause] mr. rutherford: 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 we drive home and you drive by children's hospital and see those lights on, the 30 plus children living because of hillary clinton's work in arkansas. [applause] so from that paint store on 7th 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 all for joining us. have a safe trip home. [cheers and 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] recently michelle obama took part in the annual pennsylvania conference for women in philadelphia. h'erere's a look. >> do you think that women in general have less chances to fail? you fail once, people start
laboring you faster than they label a man. >> absolutely. i think that is true for women, minorities, i think the bars are different. we experience that all the time. we experienced that over the last 8 years. kept moving,ar like whoa. the bar would change. and we're seeing that now, f rankly. the bar is just -- [laughter] [applause] >> that bar is going places. >> it is amazing, amazing. to watch. but i want women to watch this, you know. i want you all to pay attention, because this is what happens when we dno't stand up -- don't stand up. >> michelle obama in conversation with shonda rimes.