Clinton Says It Still 'Takes a Village'

The Associated Press
Sunday, December 10, 2006; 5:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is polishing up one of her more famous phrases as she edges closer to a presidential run, writing in a new introduction to her book "It Takes a Village" that Sept. 11 and the Internet make her tome on child-rearing even more relevant today.

"The five years since 9/11 have reinforced one of my main points: How children are raised anywhere can impact our lives and our children's futures," Clinton writes in the introduction to the 10th anniversary edition of the book, which goes on sale Dec. 12. An early copy was obtained by the Associated Press.

The New York senator is the early frontrunner for the Democrats' 2008 presidential nomination, and the new version of the book features a smiling Clinton surrounded by children. Clinton did not appear on the cover of the 1996 book.

In recent weeks, she lined up support among other New York officials for a presidential bid, leaving many convinced she has already decided to run but is waiting to make an official announcement.

The introduction by Clinton argues that the core points she made as First Lady are if anything more important now that the Internet and electronic devices like MP3 players have such large roles in children's lives.

"Today's electronic village has certainly complicated the always difficult challenge of parenting and raising the next generation," Clinton writes, noting that in 1996 few were on the Internet and cell phones "weighed as much as bricks."


CORNISH, N.H. (AP) _ Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh said Sunday he would make reducing carbon dioxide emissions and increasing American energy independence his top priorities if he were elected president.

He told a few dozen Democrats in the first presidential primary state there is bipartisan interest in the linked issues because Republicans believe alternatives to foreign oil would improve national security and Democrats want to slow the rate of climate change.

"I'd begin with this energy issue, including global warming, because it affects so many important things and because there's some common ground there," he said.

Bayh was hosted by Democratic state senators from Keene and Cornish on Sunday, after speaking at a reception in Manchester on Saturday night. Meanwhile, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, a potential rival in the 2008 Democratic primary, drew much larger crowds Sunday in Portsmouth and Manchester.

Bayh has promoted himself as a moderate who can work with Republicans. He said he expected that the new Democratic majorities in Congress would make federal funding for stem cell research one of its top priorities when it convenes in January.

He also acknowledged that Democrats are likely to investigate some unpopular Republican policies, including the conduct of the war in Iraq. But he said the Democrats have a mandate to get things done, and that will come first.

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