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    And I tell people I'm in charge of children, children I haven't even met yet. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    And we arrived there on Friday morning, went first to an AIDS hospital. That's always a very good thing to do. I'm particularly interested in that. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    And, as a matter of fact, I am the chairman of the Amadou Diallo Foundation. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    As a matter of fact, even when I finished law school, I had no notion of public service then. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    But the courts have dismissed the lawsuits against me and Lee Brown. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    I haven't committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    I love children, and most of my involvement now has to do with children or youth programs. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    I went downtown as a lawyer and then I worked in a liquor store at night, as I had done all through law school. And so when I got to the point where I could give up the night job, I joined the political club. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    I went to Israel when the missiles were falling there. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    Koch never, ever gets blamed for crime. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    My mother came here to New York. She and my grandmother were domestics, cooking, cleaning for other people. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    Robert Moses left a legacy. To be sure, we would not have had the kinds of development that we had, had he not behaved as he did. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    So it's a mistake for someone to think that they bailed New York out. They did assist us, for which we are grateful, but it's a mistake to say we bailed New York out by giving them a grant of money to help those poor people who throw it away on welfare. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    The people really are what make New York City great. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    There is no point in me worrying about what Bloomberg or Badillo will do. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    This is about these particular candidates in this particular year. That's what motivates me. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    Today, certain people file for bankruptcy, businesses and individuals, and it no longer has the stigma it once had. Now it's almost considered wise, a way to regroup and come back again. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    We borrowed money, it helped us with bonds and what not, and the Federal Government backed it, but it was a guarantee, it was not a grant. And we not only paid it off, but we paid it off ahead of time. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    We have not always agreed, but I have said repeatedly and publicly many times that Al Sharpton has never counseled violence, but he gets blamed for a whole lot of that. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    Well, I have not been a participant nor a witness of Mayor Bloomberg in press conferences. I really can't intelligently comment on that. David-DinkinsDavid Dinkins
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    Well, I think I am a very, very lucky person. I'm very fortunate. David-Dinkins/">David Dinkins
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    Well, I'm not sure, but of one thing I am certain: History judges one differently than contemporary observers, and so I think that as time passes, I hope that not me personally so much, but our administration will be seen for some of the things that we accomplished. David-Dinkins/">David Dinkins
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    Well, my response to that is I've never endorsed a candidate for mayor who was not a Democrat other than John Lindsay, and I just leave it at that. David-Dinkins/">David Dinkins
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    You can't twist Al Sharpton's arm. David-Dinkins/">David Dinkins