10 Questions for Robert Rubin

Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin spent six years in the Clinton Administration, where he and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan got credit for keeping the U.S. economy booming. in his new book, In an Uncertain World (Random House), Rubin discusses why that economy worked. He talked with TIME's Bill Saporito about why the current one has been struggling.

YOU ONCE WAGED AN UGLY BATTLE WITH NEWT GINGRICH OVER THE FEDERAL DEBT CEILING. NOW REPUBLICANS SEEM TO LOVE MASSIVE DEFICITS. WHAT HAPPENED?

I honestly don't know. Our long-term fiscal situation is going to have an enormous impact on our economic well-being....

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