The National Journal notes former President Bill Clinton’s remarks at the Democratic Convention this week. No, not his keynote speech, but his comments at the National Democratic Institute’s forum on Ensuring Democracy Delivers Dividends
Clinton prefaced his remarks by saying that they had “nothing to do with what is going on right now” in the United States. He then proceeded to say that democracies face an accountability challenge: If there is a candidate whom everyone agrees with but who people fear can’t deliver, he said, and another candidate whom people agree with only half the time but who they think can deliver, people will vote for the person they think can deliver.
NDI, loosely affiliated with the Democratic Party, organized the International Leaders’ Forum, series of nonpartisan seminars, receptions and [all important] access to the convention floor. Other speakers included Madeleine K. Albright, former U.S. secretary of state and NDI chairman, Ricardo Lagos, former president of Chile, Kjell Magne Bondevik, former prime minister of Norway, Alejandro Toledo, former president of Peru, and Kim Campbell, former prime minister of Canada.