Clinton's Fighting Words

The President's policy initiatives send a message: Don't count me out

Early on the morning of his State of the Union address, Bill Clinton met with his Chief of Staff and a small group of aides. Overnight, Clinton told them, he had decided to add two more goodies to his speech. He would come out in support of a higher minimum wage and an extension of the family leave law to include smaller businesses. This State of the Union would be a defining moment. Clinton had to show Capitol Hill, the media, Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr--and the public--that he was still a force to be reckoned with and wasn't going down without a fight.

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