- The Washington Times - Monday, January 4, 2016

Former President Bill Clinton said Monday that America is a welcoming place and called for politics “inclusive enough to actually get something done” in his first solo appearance this year stumping for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“America is a place that welcomes all people who are willing to treat other people the way [they’d] like to be treated,” Mr. Clinton said during an appearance in Nashua, New Hampshire. “You have to have inclusive economics, inclusive social policy, and then we got to have politics that are inclusive enough to actually get something done.”

Mr. Clinton lamented the amount of “dark money” in politics and pointed out that the next president will likely make between one and three appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court.

He also said a lot of what President Obama has done, particularly on the environment and health care, would be reversed under a Republican president and GOP-controlled Congress.

As Mr. Clinton was preparing to head out to help his wife’s 2016 presidential campaign, he had received some incoming fire from GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump in recent days. As recently as Monday morning, Mr. Trump said on CNN that Mr. Clinton is “one of the great women abusers of all time.”

But during the appearance, Mr. Clinton actually mentioned Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who has vaulted to first in Iowa in recent polls on the 2016 GOP presidential nominating contest.

Mr. Clinton said former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was the “Ted Cruz of the pre-tea-party era” in highlighting Mrs. Clinton’s work across party lines with Mr. DeLay on foster care legislation.

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