Hillary Clinton, caught in a political fight over family values and career woman, says she plans to take a "more comprehensive approach" to the role of first lady than that being exercised by Barbara Bush.
In an interview Thursday with The (Baltimore) Sun, the wife of Democratic nominee Bill Clinton said she would like to shape policy related to children and family - not just talk about such issues."I don't think there's any point in being in public service if you don't really believe that you want to make a difference to help people," Hillary Clinton said.
She told The Sun that as first lady, she would be a "voice for children," but in a more active way than Barbara Bush, who has championed issues such as literacy.
"I think we need a more comprehensive approach. I think you have to match your voice with your actions," Hillary Clinton told the newspaper.
"It's not enough just to say, `My gosh, we have these terrible problems.' We need changes that will solve these problems. At the end of Bill's first year and first term, I want to be able to say I didn't just raise public awareness, we now have policies in effect in our country that are solving the problems of children and families."
Hillary Clinton told the newspaper that her more activist approach to being first lady would be in keeping with a "historic transition" the nation in undergoing in its perception of political spouses and their roles.