Clinton Defends DLC Record on Poverty

NASHVILLE, TN - In Tennessee, former President Bill Clinton defended the Democratic Leadership Council against those who question the relevance of the organization.  Clinton said the DLC's centrist platform has always focused on lifting people out of poverty.  The former Arkansas governor was the DLC's chairman before being elected president in 1992.

Clinton only made fleeting references to the current crop of Democrats vying for the presidential nomination, including his wife, New York Senator Hillary Clinton.  He said he likes them all, but he does have a favorite.

Clinton also said free trade, a major element of the DLC agenda, has come under fire by critics of globalization.  But the former president blamed the current administration for not enforcing trade agreements vigorously enough.

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