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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 1, 1997

Statement by the Press Secretary

President Clinton today announced that he is promoting Michael Waldman to be Assistant to the President and Director of Speechwriting. Since December 1995, Waldman has served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Speechwriting. He serves as the President's chief speechwriter and supervises presidential speechwriting.

Waldman also continues to serve as the principal White House policy advisor on campaign finance reform and political reform, a role he has played since the 1992 Clinton campaign. From 1993 until 1995, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Policy Coordination, working on policy and communications projects including the passage of NAFTA and the campaign for the President's 1995 budget. He served as Deputy Communications Director for the Clinton-Gore '92 Campaign and Transition in Little Rock.

Previously, Waldman was the Director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch, the capital's largest consumer lobbying group, and was one of the nation's best known consumer advocates. He is the author of Who Robbed America?: A Citizen's Guide to the S&L Scandal (Random House, 1990), and co-author of Who Runs Congress? (Dell, 1984, 4th ed.). He is a graduate of Columbia College and New York University School of Law. He is married to Elizabeth Fine, and they have two children, Benjamin, 4, and Susannah, 2.