A special presentation from the Ezra Klein Show:
My interview this week is with Hillary Clinton. You may have heard of her.
I won't bore you with Clinton's bio. Instead, I want to say a few words about what this interview is, as it's a bit different than the EK Show's normal fare (though I do ask her for book recommendations!).
I got about 40 minutes with Hillary Clinton. I wanted to use that time to try to answer a question I've had about Clinton for years: why is the candidate I see on the campaign trail so different from the person described to me by her staff, colleagues, friends, and even foes? I wanted, in other words, to try to see what Clinton is like when she's working her way through policy and governance issues.
And so that's what we talk about. Among the topics we covered are:
- Extreme poverty, welfare reform, and the working poor
- Is it time for more deficit spending?
- Would more immigration be good for the economy?
- The difficulties of free college and universal health care
- What skills does a president need that campaigns don't test?
- What's on her bookshelf?
- Why America stopped trusting elites — and what elites should do about it
If you want more on this discussion, I also reported out a long piece on how Clinton governs — you can find it on Vox.com.