Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — While addressing students at Georgetown University Tuesday morning, former President Bill Clinton was asked if he was ever tempted to step out of public life due to scrutiny.
Clinton said he thought about it several times as governor of Arkansas, but he joked that “We’re not big on quitting in my family. You may have noticed that.”
Clinton made no direct mention of his wife or her campaign. He referred to the dramatic impact nonprofits, foundations and non-governmental organizations can have by pointing to the positive outcomes created by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and the negative impact of ISIS, which he referred to as a “formidable non-governmental organization.”
During his remarks, the former president focused on foreign affairs, discussing his work in Haiti and how Nelson Mandela unified the government in South Africa.
Clinton stressed public policy as a vehicle for change. He said politics can be the enemy of good policy because it blurs the connection between policies and their outcomes.
He also touched on his time at Georgetown, noting that three presidents of three different countries were in his graduating class.
Following his remarks, Clinton shook hands with attendees but avoided questions from the media.
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