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February 08, 2013

Clinton to Democrats: "We should not rely on demography alone" for success

Former President Bill Clinton offered advice to House of Representatives Democrats Friday, reminding them to reach out beyond obvious constituencies.

"We should not rely on demography alone" in order to be successful, he told the audience at Virginia's Lansdowne Resort. Democrats are wrapping up three days of strategy sessions.

He urged touting the 2010 health care, even as Republicans demand its repeal and replacement. "We Democrats own the health reform issue now," Clinton said.

Understand, he urged, that while it's being implemented, it won't always be perfect. But, Clinton said, "Stay with this. Make it work. Prove that we were right to do it."

On guns, he said, don't assume gun owners are automatically anti-gun control. Talk to them.

'Treat these people as our friends, our neighbors, people we share a country with," he said.



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