His comments certainly are nothing unusual, but at a conference on philanthropy at the Clinton Presidential Library on Monday, Turner said, “I’d rather be here than with a bunch of Nazis planning to kill people or at the Pentagon figuring who they’re going to bomb next, Afghanistan or Iraq.” The CNN founder was being interviewed by Slate editor Jacob Weisberg.
“At least we’re bombing people with funds and good will. If our country used some of the same philosophy in this room, it would be a … better world than we’re living in now.”
Turner called for more private sector help in nuclear disarmament.
“I go around making friends with everybody through CNN and China and North Korea and Russia and the United States and this administration goes around making enemies with everybody we’ve worked … to make friends with,” Turner said. “It seems like we’re going backwards.”
Turner said that he wished the power-shifting midterms were actually the presidential election. But when Weisberg reminded him that the gathering was non partisan, Turner said, “I’m not a member of either party. The only party I belong to is the smart party.”
Expects fewer such outspoken comments on Dec. 1, when another global philanthropist, Bono, will appear with Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback and megachurch pastor Rick Warren at Warren’s Saddleback Church to commemorate World AIDS Day.