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Clinton Praises Inslee's 'Specifics' To Grow Economy

Amy Radil
09/17/2012

Former President Bill Clinton packed the house at the Washington State Convention Center on Saturday. He came to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee. Organizers say Clinton's speech at the Democratic convention spiked public interest and they expanded his event to include over 3,000 people.

TRANSCRIPT

Bill Clinton and Jay Inslee took the stage together Saturday, and Clinton said he admired Inslee's fervor as he promised the crowd he would never budge on traditional Democratic issues like same-sex marriage equality and environmental protection.

Inslee also spent time talking about his plans to foster job creation, including help for the University of Washington and Washington State University.

Inslee: "We've had 252 new businesses coming out of the research labs of these colleges just in the last few years. And now I have a plan to make sure we accelerate the commercialization of the great research from these colleges."

Clinton said the national deficit can only be addressed if the US finds a new source of jobs every five to eight years. In his presidency those jobs came from information technology. Clinton said Inslee has done his homework and can help similar growth industries if he's elected.

Clinton: "You got somebody running for governor here who has offered 75 specific ideas to grow the economy rooted in, first, keep your I.T. base and build on it, but add to it with clean energy and with biotechnology."

Clinton never mentioned Inslee's opponent, Republican Rob McKenna, by name. But he accused Republicans of making election-year promises without detailed plans like Inslee's to back them up.

Charles Plummer came to the fundraiser. He's a grad student in earth and space science at the UW. He says the state universities are making great discoveries that can help the economy. But he says the UW is also reeling from years of budget cuts.

Plummer: "I've felt every hit. And being a T.A. as well as a researcher, I might have a class of 20; now I have a class at 40. So definitely, this affects students."

Both Inslee and McKenna have championed funding for education in their campaigns. Inslee notes that his dad was a teacher at Seattle's Sealth and Garfield high schools. He says he wants to give every teacher the resources to be as good as his dad was.

I'm Amy Radil, KUOW News.

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