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American Education—American Competitiveness

by Bill Clinton - 2008

I think that our ability as a party to lead this country and our ability as a country to regenerate our basic economic strength rest on our acceptance of two rather simple ideas. One is the idea of community—we are all in this together. A rather simple idea that’s been out of fashion for the last eight years. When I was a kid coming up, my mother was widowed, and she went away until I was 4 to get nursing training so she could support me.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 14, 2008, p. 175-176
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22871, Date Accessed: 6/13/2021 8:45:49 PM

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  • Bill Clinton
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    Bill Clinton was the 42nd president of the United States, serving two terms from 1993 through 2000. Mr. Clinton became Governor of Arkansas in 1978. He was reelected four times before being nominated by the Democratic Party for President. This selection is excerpted from a speech delivered on February 3, 1988 at the Kansas Democratic State Committee Annual Meeting while Mr. Clinton was Arkansas Governor. It was drawn from and reprinted with permission of Vital Speeches of the Day.
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