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Cisco CEO: Next US president must take page from Clinton's book

Published on Sep 26, 2012 3:12 PM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers, a supporter of Mitt Romney, says the country's next head of state should take his cues from former President Bill Clinton who was able to work effectively with businesses to generate jobs and create budget surpluses.

"There's a lot to learn from President Clinton. It kills me as a strong Republican saying it, but he was the most effective president during my lifetime," Mr Chambers told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.

"And when business got out of line, he smacked them," Mr Chambers said.

Although President Barack Obama was the darling of the technology world during his campaign in 2008, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a former private equity executive, has made inroads in Silicon Valley.

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