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By CNN’s Wolf Blitzer
New York (CNN) – Bill Clinton disagrees with his former political adviser James Carville. "It's never a good thing for the president to panic," the former president told me during a lengthy interview at his Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York.
I had asked him about Carville's recent recommendation in a CNN.com opinion piece that it's time for the White House to panic and for the president to fire some people and indict some Wall Street big shots for supposedly causing the country's economic meltdown. Carville, a CNN political contributor, is deeply worried about the economic and political crisis facing the president right now just as he gears up for his re-election campaign.
Clinton is clearly on the same page as the president when it comes to rejecting the Republicans' adamant refusal to consider tax increases even for wealthy Americans. He said the "theology" and "ideology" of the modern Republican Party is, "Every tax is bad, especially if an upper income person has to pay it."
The former president didn't want to rate the Republican presidential candidates other than to say that Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are clearly more moderate than the others because they "have not come out in just flat-out denial of climate change."
He was critical of Rick Perry for wanting to "get Washington as far as away as possible."
Clinton also said the Republicans are "trying to navigate a landscape that bears almost no relationship to what's produced successful economies in the world."
The former president has clearly been energized by his annual conference. His goal is to help create jobs in the United States and around the world. What's impressive about his CGI conference is that the attendees not only speak, but they also take direct action to get projects under way and complete.
My interview with Bill Clinton airs today in The Situation Room 5-7 p.m. ET.