TV 'town hall' set for Clinton to tell his case

February 04, 1993|By Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON -- President Clinton, heading again to the television studio to build public support, will appear next Wednesday at a Detroit station for an hour-long "town hall" meeting that is expected to focus on his economic program.

In his first public trip out of Washington since he took office, Mr. Clinton will field questions from a studio audience at WXYZ-TV in suburban Southfield, Mich., from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST. The studio will be linked by satellite to stations in Miami, Atlanta and Seattle, where studio audiences also will pose questions. The show will be carried nationally on C-SPAN network, and Cable News Network (CNN).

Mr. Clinton "felt it's time to go out and talk to people," says Dee Dee Myers, Mr. Clinton's press secretary. "He wants to remake his points."

The president, who became an acknowledged master of the talk-show format during more than a dozen such appearances during his 1992 campaign, hopes the appearance will help him prepare voters for the expected bitter medicine of his economic program just one week before he outlines it to a joint session of Congress.

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