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DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE GOV. BILL CLINTON TO APPEAR ON BET'S 'LEAD STORY' OCT. 25

 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE GOV. BILL CLINTON
 TO APPEAR ON BET'S 'LEAD STORY' OCT. 25
 WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Democratic presidential candidate Gov. Bill Clinton is the featured guest on BET News' "Lead Story" Sunday, Oct. 25, at 11:30 a.m. ET. During the program, recorded Oct. 22, Clinton addresses the issue of economics and racial tension as it relates to the unemployment of blacks.
 Following are excerpts from the 30-minute program:
 On Racial Tension
 "I believe it's still a big problem. I think that one of the elements of the problem is, frankly, economic distress, the neglect of our cities and the crumbling of our social fabric. I have tried to talk about all those things, but I have also tried to deal explicitly with the issue of race. I have gone out of my way, for example, on two occasions, to travel to Macomb County, Mich., the home of the Reagan Democrats, to make an appeal for racial unity and harmony and put an end to discrimination.
 "... I do think that the president, the next president, and I hope it will be me, will have a heavy responsibility to try and bring this country together across racial and ethnic lines. The tensions are very deep and great, not just for African Americans and whites, but now it is far more complex among the 150 different racial and ethnic groups that make up this country."
 On Civil Rights
 "The biggest civil rights issue in the '90s will be opportunity ... economic opportunity and the right to live in a place where people get a fair shot and have a chance to live safely and securely."
 His Relationship With the Congressional Black Caucus
 "I have really worked hard to establish a relationship, a working relationship with the Congressional Black Caucus. I expect them to be full partners in the development of my program. Not just in implementing and voting for it, but in developing it. I have found an enormous amount of talent, a great reservoir of ideas there."
 Lead Story is a presentation of BET's News and Public Affairs Department. This half-hour program features discussions with three nationally recognized journalists -- Sam Fulwood (Los Angeles Times reporter), Alexis Moore (Philadelphia Inquirer) and DeWayne Wickham (syndicated columnist for Gannett/USA Today) -- who examine key issues affecting African Americans and interview leading government and political policy makers.
 BET is the nation's first and only cable television network providing a platform for quality programming targeted toward an African American audience. BET represents the best in entertainment, music videos, news, public affairs, jazz, specials, off-network sitcoms, gospel and college sports. BET is owned by BET Holdings, a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange, and is currently available in 34 million households, as reported by Nielsen Media Research.
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