Democratic Leadership Council Keynote Address

After an introduction by Rep. Oakar, Governor Clinton spoke before the convention of the Democratic
Leadership Council to lay down the… read more

After an introduction by Rep. Oakar, Governor Clinton spoke before the convention of the Democratic

Leadership Council to lay down the philosophy and goals of the

Council in the convention’s keynote address. The Democratic

Leadership Council, a conservative Democratic group, attracted around

800 delegates to their first convention in Cleveland, including

members of Congress, representatives from state and local

governments, and lobbyists for special interests. The goal of the

Council and of the convention is to instill a new “mainstream”

ideology in the Democratic party that will lead the country away from

recent, unpopular Democratic policies by reinstituting traditional

Democratic values in the party.

Gov. Clinton refuted the charge the Democratic party is dead, and

recited the problems in America that need to be addressed by

government: health care, education, and social problems such as crime

and drugs. He said the middle class had been alienated by previous

Democratic campaigns, and the Democratic party needed to tell the

truth to the people and address the needs of real human beings. He

went on to outline the agenda of the Democratic Leadership Council

and how it would apply to issues affecting Americans. He also

responded to criticism of the Council’s agenda by stating that choice

would not be held as a code word for elitism or racism. close

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Democratic Leadership Council Keynote Address

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Program ID:
17869-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
First Aired:
May 6, 1991
Last Aired:
May 12, 1991

Airing Details

  • May 06, 1991 | 9:23am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 06, 1991 | 9:28pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 07, 1991 | 2:49am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 12, 1991 | 1:20pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
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