New York (April 17, 2003) - If he could do it over, former President Bill Clinton said that he would have counseled against the Securities and Exchange Commission's compromise in 2000 with Republicans over the contentious issue of separating audit and consulting services, he said at the Conference Board's April 15 forum on restoring corporate integrity.

When interviewer Marvin Kalb asked Clinton what he could've done differently to prevent the wave of corporate accounting scandals that broke after he left office, Clinton said, "In retrospect, I have one regret. I would have counseled against the SEC compromise with Republicans and Congress."

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