Exclusive Interview With Sen. Hillary Clinton

CLINTON: Well, absolutely. Now, with respect to his foundation, which is doing wonderful work around the world on HIV/AIDS and climate change and poverty alleviation, he has said -- and I am 100 percent in agreement -- that if I am so fortunate as to be elected president, all of that will be released. But...

STEPHANOPOULOS: Wait, why shouldn't voters have a chance to decide?

CLINTON: George, it's a national foundation, and like most national foundations, the rules were set up. People contributed under those rules. So going forward, if I'm president, we'll change the rules.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Yet the foundation sold the donor list, 38,000 names.

CLINTON: Well, that, I don't know anything about that. You'd have to ask the foundation.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But you're saying now it will not come out during the campaign.


STEPHANOPOULOS: Let's go to another question from North Carolina. Let me pick up my cards here, see what we have. Where is North Carolina there? Let's get them up on the card there.

CLINTON: It's a state over on...

STEPHANOPOULOS: It's a state, I'm sorry.


STEPHANOPOULOS: And we have Renee Pervis [phonetic spelling]. She's a Democrat. She supports you, Sen. Clinton. She's from Williamstown, N.C.

VOTER: Hi, Sen. Clinton, my question is actually a follow-up to something you said at the State of the Black Union. You said that "America will never be strong until the State of the Black Union is strong."

Can you please share with me your accomplishments, and also what your plans are to address the plight of black Americans?

CLINTON: Thank you, Renee. And I was honored to attend the State of the Black Union in New Orleans and to speak about what I would do, as your president.

You know, I feel very strongly about this. It has been one of the central missions of my adult life. I went to work for the Children's Defense Fund right out of law school, working for Marian Wright Edelman, and have been committed to improving the lives of all Americans, but particularly those who have been marginalized or sidelined, and particularly for children.

So I'm very grateful that I've played a small role, over the years, in helping to open up our public schools to children with disabilities, to reform education, education in Arkansas, to try to make it more equal, so that, no matter where you lived or where you were from, you would have that same opportunity, and to expand health care.

And we continued that because, of course, my husband shares my passion for equality of opportunity in our country. And during the White House years, we saw the strongest economy. The people who benefited even more were people -- African-American, Hispanic, poor people who finally had a chance to lift themselves up and, you know, buy that first home, send that child to college, you know, put, on a typical basis, for a family, about $7,000 more income into their pockets.

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