Clinton Admits Book Error, Urges Humility, Bipartisanship in DC

Wednesday, 09 Nov 2011 05:14 PM

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Former President Bill Clinton is embracing his own capacity for error. In a public interview with his daughter Chelsea, Clinton retracted a point from his new book “Back to Work” as part of his daily effort to say aloud “either ‘I don’t know’ or ‘I was wrong,’” Politico reports.

“I think it would be therapeutic for everyone in Washington” to do the same, Clinton said, urging a little more humility and bipartisanship in the nation’s capital.

As for his book, in the portion Clinton is taking back he said President Barack Obama should have used the waning hours of Democrats’ majority in the House last December to pass a debt limit increase and thus avoid the protracted partisan battle that took place over the issue this past summer. The idea is Obama could have threatened to withhold support for extension of Bush era tax cuts for the wealthy if Republicans blocked a debt ceiling increase.

But Clinton said that he recently received an email on the subject from Obama economic adviser Gene Sperling, who also worked in the Clinton White House. Sperling told Clinton, "Oh, we tried,” the former president said.

Sperling said the Obama administration was blocked by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who threatened to filibuster the entire package if a debt limit increase was part of it. Clinton said he incorrectly thought Senate rules don’t permit a filibuster for that kind of fiscal bill.

“I was wrong. See that didn’t hurt too bad,” Clinton said.

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