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Clinton stresses importance of knowledge at UAlbany

Former President Bill Clinton talked about the value of a getting a college education, having an understanding of how to implement policy and raising the positives that come from interdependence during a packed talk at SEFCU Arena at the University of Albany.

During the nearly hour-and-a-half-long session on Wednesday, March 2, the 42nd president discussed what he achieved as president and what he is doing with his global initiative. Clinton recalled asking university officials what exactly they wanted him to talk about and being told to discuss higher education, job creation and the upstate New York economy.

And I said, well if you want to talk about the upstate economy, you invited the wrong member of my family, he joked. "You should have had Hillary come."

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent a lot of time in upstate New York while she was a junior senator, Clinton said. With the turmoil occurring over in the Middle East, she wished she could have made a trip to the Capital Region instead of her required duties, Clinton said.

"She said, 'You know, I love my job, but I'm really jealous of you. I have to go to Switzerland and talk about Libya and you get to go to Albany,'" Clinton recalled.

On a more serious note, Clinton tried to drive home the message that knowledge is power and the only way to get anywhere is to answer the question of "how" when looking to change something.

"You can spend all the money you want, but if you can't answer the 'how' question, you're not going to get anywhere," he said.

Clinton said he is bothered by a lot of the cable network television shows because they all lack factual information.

Most of them are also void of the right framework to view things. Clinton said, since it is hard to get the right answers from the wrong questions.

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