Former President Bill Clinton stumps for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the Los Angeles Trade - Technical College April 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
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April 8, 2016 2:37 PM EDT

Bill Clinton issued a near-apology Friday for his role in a lengthy and heated exchange with Black Lives Matters protesters a day earlier in Philadelphia.

“Now I like and believe in protests. I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t cause I engaged in some when I was a kid,” Clinton told a crowd of more than 1,000 on the campus of Penn State Behrend. “But I never thought I should drown anybody else out. And I confess, maybe it’s just a sign of old age, but it bothers me now when that happens.”

“So I did something yesterday…”

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