President Bill Clinton addresses members of the Democratic Leadership Council in 1993. The group provided much of the intellectual capital for his agenda and his presidency, and a platform for centrist Democrats. The organization announced this week that it is shutting down after 26 years.
He said he still believes the DLC may have a role to play.
“We were an insurgent group, but once you change politics, then the role is a little bit different,” he said. “What the DLC did in its heyday, it broke eggs a lot more. We challenged orthodoxy.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.