At the request of Bloomberg’s Charlie Rose, President Bill Clinton offered some first 100-day guidance for the next president of the United States, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Focus on helping poor people break into the middle class; revive a push to build energy infrastructure; encourage investment in job creation programs, specifically of the higher-paying variety; changing student loan programs while figuring out how to make higher education more affordable; reform the corporate tax system.
“My advice has sometimes been welcome, sometimes not,” Clinton told Rose. “Sometimes right and sometimes not."
Rose sat down with Clinton at the 10th Clinton Global Initiative in New York on Monday.
Clinton commented about how the tone and tenor of politics has devolved into a completely polarized atmosphere, even more so than when he was in the White House in the 1990s, noting that while people today are “less racist and homophobic” they are far less tolerant of those with opposing political views.
Rose did not press, and Clinton did not expound, on whether his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had made a decision about whether to seek the presidency in 2016.
Rose did, however, ask Clinton about his reputation as “the best political animal that's ever been in American politics.”
“I don't know if that's true or not,” Clinton responded. “But to be really good at this, you’ve got to like people; you’ve got to like policy; and you’ve got to like politics. You've got to have a pain threshold.”
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