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PAM Presents African American Portraits

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Humboldt Sewer Repair Project Update

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Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Civil Rights

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Nooses on National Mall Echo Domestic Terrorism

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ENTERTAINMENT

Former President Bill Clinton has a heated exchange with a protester during a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Thursday April 7, 2016, in Philadelphia. Bill Clinton was interrupted by people in the crowd holding signs reading "Clinton crime bill destroyed our communities" and "Welfare reform increased poverty." (Ed Hille/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after a heated exchange with protesters, Former President Bill Clinton is offering a near-apology for his behavior at a campaign event for his wife, Hillary Clinton.

Bill Clinton told supporters in Erie, Pennsylvania on Friday that he likes protests but it "bothers" him when the activists drown him out.

"So I did something yesterday in Philadelphia. I almost wanted to apologize for it, but I want to use it as an example of the danger threatening our country," he said.

Bill Clinton said Americans need to be able to have conversations, even when they are angry — a standard he failed to meet on Thursday afternoon with the protesters.

"I realized, finally, I was talking past her in the way she was talking past me. We got to stop that in this country. We got to listen to each other," he said.

The handful of protesters at the Hillary Clinton presidential rally were objecting to welfare reform and gun violence laws passed when he was in office 20 years ago.

They stood in the crowd holding signs reading "Clinton crime bill destroyed our communities" and "Welfare reform increased poverty."

As first lady, Hillary Clinton used the term "super-predators" to describe young people in gangs in a 1996 speech about the crime bill — one of her husband's signature policy achievements. Some blacks have found the term offensive and Hillary Clinton has said she regrets using the term.

Bill Clinton has also said he regrets signing the 1994 legislation because it contributed to high incarceration rates of black people for nonviolent crimes, like minor drug offenses.

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