Former U.S. President Bill Clinton stops short of apologizing for an argument with Black Lives Matter protesters at a rally for his wife Hillary Clinton, but calls for unity among like-minded people. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Friday (April 8) did not apologize for an argument he had at a rally the day before with Black Lives Matter protesters, but he said the angry exchange showed that people needed to unite for change. "So, I did something yesterday in Philadelphia - I almost want to apologize for it, but I want to use it as an example of the danger threatening our country," Clinton said at a rally for his wife Hillary Clinton in Erie, Pennsylvania. The former president spent more than 10 minutes on Thursday (April 7) at an event in Philadelphia facing down protesters over criticism that a 1994 crime bill he approved while president led to a surge in the imprisonment of black people. "I rather vigorously defended my wife, as I am wont to do, and realized finally I was talking past her (the protester) the way she was talking past me. We've got to stop that in this country. We've got to listen to each other again," he said. On Friday, Clinton justified his actions in 1994. "You're living in a country where young African-Americans think their number one threat now is from police officers. When I signed that crime bill, they knew what their number one threat was; It was from gangs making money out of cocaine, taking teenage kids, huffing them up, giving them guns and telling to go kill other teenagers," he said. "We got a 25-year low in the crime rate. We got a 33-year low in the murder rate. We got a 46-year low in the illegal death by homicide rate. I think we showed that lives matter to us. I think it was good, but that is not how people see it 30 years later, when they just see all these young people who need to be out of jail. I get that, but we've got to get the show on the road we can't be fighting our friends we got enough trouble with the people who aren't for us," he added The Democratic race has become increasingly heated in recent days as Hillary Clinton, stung by a string of losses in state nominating contests, has traded barbs with her rival for the nomination, Bernie Sanders, over who is more prepared for the White House. Bill Clinton said last year that he regrets signing the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act into law because it contributed to the country's high incarceration rate of black people for nonviolent crimes.