Clinton Delivers Message of Hope to ASU Students

October 28, 2003 - Posted at 4:25 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Bill Clinton told more than 1,000 college and high school students at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro today to formulate their own political opinions because they can create a better world.

The former president kicked off ASU's distinguished lecture series by outlining his hopes for an interdependent world.  He told the students he remains optimistic despite the divisive politics of his presidency and the terrorist attacks and war the nation has faced since.

Clinton said the 21st century world has become interdependent, but not yet an integrated society.  He repeatedly told students they didn't need to agree with him, but they did need to have an opinion and be able to defend it.

However, Clinton did take some jabs at President Bush for what Clinton called an "our way or the highway" attitude.  His more expressive moment came when he attacked Rush Limbaugh and other conservative radio hosts for demonizing him rather than participating in a political discourse.

Clinton departed the school and flew to Memphis where he is to receive the National Civil Rights Museum's Freedom Award this evening.  He is due in Little Rock tomorrow for a groundbreaking ceremony at Heifer International's headquarters near his library site.

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