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Bill Clinton: Focus on job growth, then deficit (CBS Interview Today)
Former President Bill Clinton urged lawmakers on Capitol Hill to focus on stimulating growth in the U.S. economy before efforts to reduce the deficit.
"I think that we need to focus right now on putting the country back to work," Mr. Clinton said Sunday in an interview on CBS' Face the Nation.
"I'd like to see the economic plan that (President Obama) talked about in his address to Congress enacted first, then when the economy starts growing again in a year or two, then I'd like to put the hammer down on this deficit problem," Mr. Clinton told host Bob Schieffer.
The former president praised Mr. Obama's forthcoming proposal to raise taxes on the highest earning Americans, though he said he did not know the precise timing of when such a move would be implemented. "I think the president is doing the right thing," Mr. Clinton said.
I watched Bob Schieffer's interview of Bill Clinton, and Bob was trying his best to put words in Bill Clinton's mouth to try to get him to accept Republican talking points. Thankfully, this article does pretty fairly capture what Bill said, rather than reporting Bob's set-up, "Dick Cheney has said..." as a comment that was actually made by Bill. At the end of the interview, Bob Schieffer even repeated a Republican talking point about Hillary running, and Bill shot that down and pointed that Republicans were just trying to sow discord among the Democrats.
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