It is appropriate to start the first televised Presidential Democratic debate with an ode to my friend and mentor Jack Valenti. When I first got my job as head of the Recording Industry Association of America, Jack was the first person I called. After-all, he was the dean of Associations and we shared many of the same entertainment industry company members. He was a gentle man and a gentleman. Testifying at the same hearing as Jack felt like the clown following the lion tamer. He was magical. People would come to listen to him speak, not because they loved copyright but just to hear Jack talk. I loved Jack.
And he loved politics. The civil kind. The kind of politics that was governed by people who cared about service and wanted to do well for the American people. Let’s hope that tonight’s debate is a testament to Jack’s kind of politics.