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And tonight former President Bill Clinton goes on -- -- talks about.
Everything tonight his Clinton Global Initiative Senator Obama even Reverend Wright Senator McCain Senator Clinton.
Powerful women's spouses to political figures Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband -- -- dude Todd Palin and so much more.
President nice to see -- sir thank you good.
I always fun let's have been a year since last time we talked about the Clinton Global Initiative and everybody in New York is here to talk about to -- -- -- what it's done in the year.
And also that we inspired by next year so -- the report.
Well the report as we now have a thousand commitments made -- probably 1516100.
People and organizations.
They operate that -- -- 250 countries and they they're helping two million people and economics.
Helping people escape poverty fighting climate change.
And health care and education and reconciliation.
Of those 1240.
Have been completely.
Cut completed over -- the everybody's paid the money everybody's on the time we and we will have at this meeting.
This place around them.
The public areas.
Showing people the results of those that are totally -- and we'll have ongoing updates -- of the ones that are still in progress lot -- these commitments are multi year commitments involving a lot of people felt.
So far I can say that the people are keeping their commitments and a lot of people kids -- kids get an education.
-- it is getting clean water.
All kinds of he energy projects to fight global warming and hopefully money and a lot of very large number.
Micro credit programs helping poor people -- work.
What I liked most about it isn't just the money contributions it's important but.
The innovative ideas.
Michael asked it was the merry go round I think that was with the kids went around -- hot water that pump water.
-- see -- the ideas as well.
-- that will save what one of these you know we don't have many speeches.
We're gonna have a couple this time just because of the unusual nature of the the moment so close to a national campaign.
But we don't -- the ones that are given are always like five minutes ten minutes -- the outside this is mostly a conversation.
And did the smaller working groups I think at the very best thing about it because people to then they come out with.
Innovative ideas that they bring something they're doing and then all of a sudden other people want helpful.
And it's really been incredibly rewarding and we have also every year worked hard to try to let people participate.
Who don't have a lot of money but may have time or skills are an idea.
-- if they -- -- give a little bit of money they can go on to the Internet in my commitment dot -- our.
Our commitment side and make a commitment and they can also follow the CGI.
Over the Internet and webcast -- so it's it's good.
I think people realize too that you know what I like his country a lot of people can hear it but for small -- -- something like even in the area.
It doesn't take a lot to -- people's lives.
You can you know for just a few dollars.
You can save somebody's life for a year from malaria.
You can even provide aids medication to them tougher year for six dollars.
Now which is you know 110 of what it was when I started content would -- prices now.
You can for.
Fifty cents to a dollar -- one of the Procter & Gamble clean water packets.
And give a family.
The big picture of that water that might last them a week.
The things that we think of as.
Necessary to life than other people don't have can be provided for rove was small amounts of money.
How much lots of other examples.
How much time race -- -- on the road in this -- Much of your attention.
Well now that the campaign is over.
I do is near to full time as I can.
I'm working toward the day when I'll be completely dividing my time between the Clinton Global Initiative.
And the the activities of my -- found.
You know -- we have big aids project a big childhood obesity project in America.
Global warming project in forty cities on six continents.
And major economic development project in countries that have mining where we're trying to redo the economy and make them this sustainable.
And lots of other things and the third thing I have is a school of public service around my library university.
And I'm moving as quick as I can that'd be full time on all that and and will.
Never again I don't think -- is involved in any kind of political activities -- was when Hillary was running.
And ever since the campaign is over moved aggressively to get back and get ready for CG get my other foundation stuff -- I don't believe it -- they get back involved in the campaign but a lot of power you know I worked a little for.
Senator Kerry and and in 2004 and we had the congressional elections in 2006 people as Michelle Bachmann -- I'll always do a little of that but this is by and large my life this is what I'd like to do.
And it's what I think I should be doing because I can make -- unique contribution.
I mentioned -- campaign and so that's that's the door open for as far as us in color and might sneak in through it.
I know they support Senator Obama to do and but let me ask you about.
About Senator McCain.
Would he be bad for the country.
I don't think we should talk like that -- you know -- it admiration for him quite clear.
I like him on my arm -- particularly grateful to him because he made it.
He and senator Bob Kerrey and senator.
Chuck -- Senator John -- and few others made it possible for me to normalize relations with Vietnam which was a big deal from -- and for our country's.
Psychological well being and for long position in Asia.
And they don't love of the good things.
I think on the two major issues facing America today how we're gonna bring this economy back and make it the benefits broadly shared again and create jobs again.
And how -- gonna restore America's standing in the world I think Senator Obama Senator Biden have better markedly better positions.
And thank -- be better for our country.
I think that in general Democrats produce more broadly shared prosperity and there's new book out called unequal democracy.
Professor at present and Larry -- tells it hadn't voted since 1984.
'cause he doesn't want it to cloud his judgment.
And he voted for President Reagan 1984 the fifth.
If the Democrats had held the White House the last eight years.
Median family income B 6% higher.
That basically we just produce more broadly shared prosperity.
I don't think there's any question if you look at though the Obama energy plan.
The education plan and especially there's stark stark differences in the health care plan that those things will be better for America.
I guess is that you know that there's some experts in -- -- -- themselves experts at.
It's so hard and for -- if it happens and we can really be an expert we wouldn't be in this -- Well I guess it's so as a -- Only when you look at how do you make those predictions.
Well you can look at the record that.
Was established when I was president and compared to the next thirty years.
Or to the previous twelve.
And you can take some comfort if if like me support Senator -- that he is gone out of his way to reach out to.
To Gene Sperling and Bob Rubin Laura Tyson and you know -- the whole range of economic advisors that I have that I had and that they produce pretty good economy -- broadly shared benefits and I believe that.
That's really important and so you know I think that he's in terms of this current financial crisis.
It's hard to know them for for anybody to.
So I would certainly this is what you should do for the next six months because there's still events unfolding.
But he certainly is shown a willingness to get together really Smart people.
And listen to them and be open in new ideas and and have what I consider to be the right values in this you know about how we're gonna bring America's financial health -- so.
I'm satisfied that.
No what I said at the convention is still right I think he is the person most likely.
To bring America back to more jobs and more broadly held prosperity more quickly.
You raise the issue of values and let me ask a question that I ask very carefully because -- on -- misinterpret it.
I -- I want to read it -- you know my question and in on this is that that one of the hottest.
Items -- any of us can talk about we have to face but.
The difference between.
An association with someone like David duke.
An association with someone like reverend right.
Well I I think that.
We don't have to go there because Senator Obama.
Left the -- After.
Two things happen.
What has a lot of pressure from the media and then the second thing was after Reverend Wright at the National Press Club took a personal strike him.
That's one play that we just about campaign.
It wasn't until the right -- To me.
It's not necessary for those of us who are sort of on either side.
To weigh in -- that now that to me this election is fundamentally about.
How the American people live and who is most likely to do things that will be helpful in empowering to them and their children.
If this -- still a big issue -- and you know we -- all deal with them but I think that.
And I think that that was something that was exhaustively looked at in the primary and I just don't you know I don't have anything to say about it it is senator Obama's already spoken in his own behalf there and there's nothing people either.
Except as what he said -- they didn't for me the most important thing is.
Who's going to make decisions that affect the American people a positive way.
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