Tony Clinton? Bill Blair? the British See Many Similarities in Two Leaders

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Tony Clinton? Bill Blair? the British See Many Similarities in Two Leaders


Ap, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Bill Clinton and Tony Blair stood side by side at a news conference Thursday and cast themselves as the "new generation of leadership."

They both attended Oxford. Their wives are heavyweight attorneys. They themselves are relatively young, precocious political pros who tamed their parties' liberal ways and rode "radical centrist" agendas to victory.

"Tony Clinton." That's what British voters have begun calling their new prime minister. "A lot of the columns that were written about (the similarities) were not altogether flattering to either one of us," Clinton said Thursday at a news conference with Blair. He added with a giggle, "I had half a mind to call Mr. Blair during the election and offer to attack him in the harshest possible terms, if he thought it might free him of an unwanted yoke." Blair was asked what he could learn from the president. "He did one thing right, which is to win again," Blair said. "And I hope I can repeat that." Any advice for Blair? Not really, Clinton answered. "I'd like to have a 179-seat majority" like Blair enjoys in Parliament. "I'm not going to give any advice. …

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