Final Note

The Sound Bite: Bill Clinton’s economic record

Kai Ryssdal May 16, 2016
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shakes hands with the crowd during a campaign stop Sunday in Louisville, Kentucky. Clinton is preparing for Kentucky's May 17th primary. John Sommers II/Getty Images
Final Note

The Sound Bite: Bill Clinton’s economic record

Kai Ryssdal May 16, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shakes hands with the crowd during a campaign stop Sunday in Louisville, Kentucky. Clinton is preparing for Kentucky's May 17th primary. John Sommers II/Getty Images
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Here’s another installment of our new, occasional segment, The Sound Bite, in which we play a piece of tape and then tell you what’s actually going on.

“My husband … I’m going to put in charge of revitalizing the economy because, you know, he knows how to do it,” all-but-official Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said in Kentucky this week. “And especially in places like coal country and inner cities and other parts of our country that have been really left out.”

Setting aside the unfortunate you-get-two-for-the-price-of-one historical callback, that’s kind of true.

Wages were up under President Bill Clinton, and poverty was down. But then again, Glass-Steagall was repealed. There was that stock market bubble thing.

Reasonable people, as they say, disagree.

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