Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Noteworthy News; Clinton Criticizes Bush's Handling of Domestic Issues during Tougaloo Commencement Speech

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Noteworthy News; Clinton Criticizes Bush's Handling of Domestic Issues during Tougaloo Commencement Speech

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Former President Bill Clinton accused President Bush of spending more time fighting the war on terrorism than on domestic issues during a commencement speech at Tougaloo College.

"I supported the president when he asked for authority to stand up against weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but we can't be forever strong abroad if we don't keep getting better at home," Clinton said last month to a crowd of about 8,000.

Clinton also criticized Bush's position on affirmative action and tax cuts just two days after the president formally kicked off his re-election campaign.

Clinton stayed for the entire three-hour ceremony and shook hands with each of the 144 graduates at the small historically Black college. The school will also be the site of the Aug. 13 Democratic presidential debate.

Judging from the warm reception to his every blast of the Bush administration, Clinton had a lot of supporters in the crowd -- which included former Democratic governors of Mississippi, Ray Mabus and William Winter.

On the stage with Clinton were Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, who is a Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., a Tougaloo graduate and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. …

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