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Bill Clinton State of the Union Highlights: 10 Quotes From Speeches

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President Bill Clinton's last State of the Union Address at the Capitol, January 27, 2000. Clinton speaks, Al Gore listens as does Dennis Hastert. (Roger Richards/The Washington Times/Landov)

By    |   Sunday, 22 Mar 2015 04:40 PM

The peace dividend following the Cold War helped give President Bill Clinton a chance to focus on a good economy at home. His State of the Union speeches addressed a change in the role of government.

Here are 10 quotes from Clinton, starting with his address on January 25, 1994.

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1. “As we reduce defense spending, I ask Congress to invest more in the technologies of tomorrow. Defense conversion will keep us strong militarily and create jobs for our people here at home. As we protect our environment, we must invest in the environmental technologies of the future which will create jobs.”

Clinton’s State of the Union Address on January 24, 1995, followed the 1994 mid-term elections that gave Republicans control of Congress for the first time in 40 years.

2. “If we agree on nothing else tonight, we must agree that the American people certainly voted for change in 1992 and in 1994. And as I look out at you, I know how some of you must have felt in 1992.”

3. “I must say that in both years we didn't hear America singing, we heard America shouting. And now all of us, Republicans and Democrats alike, must say: We hear you. We will work together to earn the jobs you have given us.”

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4. “In another time of change and challenge, I had the honor to be the first president to be elected in the post-cold-war era, an era marked by the global economy, the information revolution, unparalleled change in opportunity and in security for the American people.”

5. “Our government, once a champion of national purpose, is now seen by many as simply a captive of narrow interests putting more burdens on our citizens rather than equipping them to get ahead.”

6. “Our New Covenant is a new set of understandings for how we can equip our people to meet the challenges of the new economy, how we can change the way our government works to fit a different time and, above all, how we can repair the damaged bonds in our society and come together behind our common purpose.”

Clinton focused on balancing government and family on January 23, 1996.

7. “The era of big government is over. But we cannot go back to the time when our citizens were left to fend for themselves.”

8. “So all of us, not just as parents but all of us in our other roles—our media, our schools, our teachers, our communities, our churches and synagogues, our businesses, our governments—all of us have a responsibility to help our children to make it and to make the most of their lives and their God-given capacities.”

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News of an affair with a White House intern tarnished Clinton during the State of the Union address on January 27, 1998, but the nation’s economy had improved.

9. “Our leadership in the world is unrivaled. Ladies and gentlemen, the state of our union is strong.”

10. “A strong nation rests on the rock of responsibility. A society rooted in responsibility must first promote the value of work, not welfare. We can be proud that after decades of finger-pointing and failure, together we ended the old welfare system, and we are now replacing welfare checks with paychecks.”

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