Clintons focus on economic inequality at conference

Former President Bill Clinton says efforts to increase access to credit in underserved areas can help bridge America’s partisan divide because it addresses a problem that both urban neighborhoods and many small towns are facing

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Former President Bill Clinton says efforts to increase access to credit and financial assistance in underserved areas can help bridge America’s partisan divide because it addresses a problem that both urban neighborhoods and many small towns are facing.

The former president and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, focused on economic inequality as they spoke together at daylong conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Wednesday.

The conference at the former president’s library marked the 25th anniversary of a federal fund established to help promote economic development in rural and urban areas.

Hillary Clinton urged groups at the conference to find ways to provide smaller loans at market rates so people aren’t turning to payday lenders when they need money.

The conference featured nonprofit leaders, former Clinton administration officials and others.