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September 25th, 2012
08:04 PM ET

Bill Clinton on CGI: "All we produce is progress ... we just keep pushing these rocks up the hill"

Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes former President Bill Clinton for a compelling and candid face to face, primetime interview.

In New York for his CGI Annual Meeting, Clinton offers some insight into the initiative he built more than a decade ago:

"I tried to create a global network of givers to bring in public leaders when they're here for the opening of the U.N., to bring in business leaders and philanthropists, but also leaders of non-government groups all across America and all across the world."

For the 66-year-old who left office almost a dozen years ago, CGI represents an endeavor outside of the political realm:

"You know, nobody's running for anything. We don't have to produce miracles. All we produce is progress. And we just keep pushing these rocks up the hill. And I think there's a real need for that in the world today," says the man who left the White House with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any U.S. president since World War II. "It can't all be done over the Internet. There needs to be some face time, some specific commitments, and some mechanism through which you help people to keep these commitments."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in this evening as Clinton provides perspective on the NFL replacement referees, the upcoming Ryder Cup, and Mitt Romney's key focal points as the presidential race heads barrels towards the general election.
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  1. J. Adams

    Dear Mr. Morgan,
    I am a Canadian and am hesitant to offer an opinion on recent events in the U.S.; however, it occurs to me that President Obama may well be in possession of intelligence with regard to the nuclear situation in the middle East and deliberately did not wish to meet with the Prime Minister of Israel.

    September 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Griff.

    Sorry I was cut-off but some idiot has a problem on CNN, and it aint Fu34ing me!!! No! Your idiot Muslim Obama has to go move out of North America altogether, or you get stuck with Islam!"

    September 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • omarandy

      You will be without a president 🙂 He is YOUR president and he will be your president for another term.

      September 26, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Griff.

    "Bill (The Bull in a China-Shop) Clinton is what???

    September 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Marc

    I just watched your interview with Philip J. Crowley and the idiot from the Nitwit Romney camp. You asked a question about what if Israel launched a pre-emptive strike against Iran, what would Obama do. After Mr Crowley answered you asked the same question of the other character and he said "let me make a couple of points first..." and after making those two points, which never answered the question, he ended by bating you with a conclusion, which you bit on HOOK, LINE and SINKER.
    Whatch the tape again if you don't believe me. Do you consider yourself a journalist when you let the person interviewed lead you away from the question answere by one of the two sides?

    September 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. omarandy

    ISRAEL HAS MORE THAN 300 NUCLEAR BOMBS. Mr. Clinton is using scare tactics to support aggression against Iran.
    Iran is full of intelligent people. you met Ahmadinejad. I can see that you were impressed with his intelligence.
    Iran is not interested in having atomic bombs, but I believe if it is attacked IT WILL DEVELOP IT.
    Another war and the U.S. will go Bankrupt. A war with Iran is not an easy war. It is easy for Israel to start it, but ONLY IRAN CAN END IT. AND IT WILL TAKE A VERY VERY LONG TIME.

    September 26, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. AN American

    How can you believe Clinton

    September 26, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    Come on Pier! We should have respect for all our presidents. Our current president, "President Obama ."

    September 26, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Martilia

      I used to like Pier, but now I lost all the respect for him... he did have any business interview the president of Iran like a 3rd class citizen...this is pure ignorance.. anyway, now the people in the Middle East can see how arrogant and center minded must of us are in this side ...I am a Christian and I admire the people of Iran including their leaders...if any country attacks Iran base on lies and deceptions. They should have a right to ARMS kids from 12 and up to fight for the sovereignty of this great/wonderful country...might Sullivan The Great Comes back and fight for the Iranians... Might God protect Iran and HIS RESOURCES {OILLLLLLL}. THX U CNN FOR UR BALANCE NEWS I AM MARTILIA THE GREAT

      September 26, 2012 at 2:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Renee

    Dear Mr. Morgan,
    Here's a little FYI: President Clinton DID NOT leave office...he was IMPEACHED! He was found GUILTY of two basic charges; 1) providing perjurious, false and misleading testimony to the grand jury regarding the Paula Jones case and his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. And, 2) obstruction of justice in an effort to delay, impede, cover-up and conceal the existence of evidence related to the Jones case. Grant it...since he's "left office" (like your article states), he has done many good things such as his work with the Haitians (along with the former Pres.' Bush) with aide to Haiti after the devasting earthquake. But, in my opinion, he looked a little 'uneasy' answering some of the questions you presented him with. I've always found that when you have to 'think' before answering, it usually means your not being honest with the people you're speaking too, and for that matter, yourself! Just saying....

    September 26, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
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      September 26, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • john willow

        You are blocking my comments even when they are shorter than other comments posted. You say I have posted a comment already when I haven't. This isn't the first time. The programming on this site is absolutely inept.

        September 26, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
      • john willow

        I think it's actually the idiots at Disqus blocking me, as they have blocked many people. Why doesn't CNN take responsibility for this?

        September 26, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
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        September 26, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
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        My tests show that Disqus is blocking me when they detect certain key words in my responses to other posters. Why are these little Nazis allowed to run anyone's website?

        September 26, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. Renee

    I should have stated that President Clinton was found guilty of both charges listed above by The House of Representatives in December of 1998...but was later acquitted by the partisan Senate in February of 1999.

    September 26, 2012 at 2:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. John Yates

    Piers, firstly, by referring to the Iranian President as a "bad guy", you lowered your journalistic standards. When interviewing international statesmen, you should follow protocol. Afterall, you have an international audience. Secondly, you should not add fuel to fire by making comments that incite anger in Iranians or anyone watching your program.

    September 26, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Liana Schill

    There are perhaps good reasons for Pres. Obama not meeting with foreign heads of state. It is not to be perceived as a snub, but a strategic move. Afterall, there is much more going down behind the scenes than disclosed to the general public.

    September 26, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse | Reply

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