CONVENTION '96: IF YOU TRY IT ALL AT ONCE...

Late last Friday afternoon, TIME White House correspondents Eric Pooley and J.F.O. McAllister interviewed the President in Washington. Excerpts:

TIME: After the failure of health-care reform and the Contract with America, do people mistrust big promises about what government can do?

Clinton: If government is going to do something, people want it to be clear, discrete and understandable. Take health care: if you try to reform it all at once, you're vulnerable to charges that aren't true but are powerful, like I was trying to have the government take it over. With Kennedy-Kassebaum, we did a big portion of what we...

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