Bill Clinton Says American Science Innovation Needs A Kick In The Pants

By Rudie Obias | 8 years ago

Last week, former-President Bill Clinton was a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. President Clinton talked about his recent appearance at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, where many believed he gave the speech of the entire convention. On The Daily Show, Clinton gave examples of how government, private sectors, and science and technology can work together to re-build the country’s faltering economy.

The interview itself went too long for broadcast but you can check out the entire sit down with Bill Clinton right here…

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Bill Clinton Pt. 1
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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Bill Clinton Pt. 2
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One of the highlights of the interview and a prime “example of a place in America that is doing well” is in San Diego, California. In San Diego government, the private sector, and non-government organizations have a symbiotic relationship together to build a bright future for its residents. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

San Diego is one of our great naval cities, but it’s also the center of human genome research in America. The private sector, Craig Venter, was in a race, in effect, with the International Government Consortium to sequence the genome, which was done in 2000. Started with a bipartisan commitment to federal research then I put 3 billion dollars of your money [in], [and we’re already seeing huge results]. I was in St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis around three weeks ago, looking at children whose lives have been saved, because we can now see how their genetic differences require different kinds of medicine to cure the same kind of cancer. It was unbelievable.

So you’ve got Venter’s foundation (it’s a Non-Government Organization). Then you’ve got the University of California at San Diego putting out all these scientists. You have the Republican mayor of San Diego inviting people in, and the biggest computer company, Qualcomm, headed by a Democrat… And they have spawned 700 more computer companies. Why? Because you have the government, the non-profit sector, and the business sector working together to do this.

Yes, it’s true. The only way this country can grow and flourish is if we all work together to build a brighter future. The problem is the country is too divided to even start thinking about a bipartisan commitment or cooperation. To build that brighter future, San Diego has the right state of mind to develop and enhance their science and technology sectors.

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