November 9, 2004
Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the U.S., thrilled a capacity crowd at Hamilton College on November 9 with a lecture on recollections of his presidency and his hopes for a nation that works together, rather than one that is divided by partisan politics. Some 4,600 people filled the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House and another 1,100 watched the lecture from closed circuit TV locations on campus. Clinton spoke for approximately 40 minutes then answered questions for another 45 minutes.
Clinton talked about why he thought his Democratic party lost last week's presidential election. He said the Democrats did not get their message out and there was a huge turnout of evangelical Christian voters "who said they were voting on moral values. I do not believe either party has a monopoly on morality," Clinton added.
He also criticized the Bush administration's budget deficits. "Every day the United States of America borrows from the central banks of China and Japan to cover my tax cut. Now if you think that's good economic policy, go support it. A lot of people apparently do."