Let’s Talk Clinton: Juan Williams

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My contention is we need to rebuild old coalitions. Clinton can use the presidential pulpit to achieve that. Look at the march on Washington 30 years ago, going South the summer of ’64, and the Brown decision. How can we get that kind of idealism back into the American mind beyond the veterans of those movements? His presidency embodies a unique opportunity to do that.

In terms of economics and health care, similar leadership is needed. He’s shown strength proposing health care and a crime bill and putting out for gays. Even the tax package and NAFTA are examples of him trying to reach out. That’s the best of Bill Clinton. I’d advise him to play to that strength. I’m talking about vision, not legislation or politics. That’s where he has to step up to the plate.

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