The Clintons at a recent New Hampshire campaign stop. (Photo Credit: AP)
(CNN) – Bill Clinton joked Sunday night he is unable to change some of wife Hillary's chief differences with rival Barack Obama, the latest comments from the former president to cause a stir on the campaign trail.
At a campaign event in New Hampshire, Clinton conceded he and his wife "can't be a new story," and went on to suggest he can't make his wife morph into the senator from Illinois.
"I can't make her younger, taller, male, there's a lot I can't do," Clinton said to laughs.
"But if you want a president and need one, she would be by far the best," the former president added.
Clinton's comments come as most Granite State polls show his wife has fallen behind Obama in the final days before voters head to the polls. A new CNN/WMUR poll released Monday night has Obama 9 points ahead of the New York Democrat.
The comments aren't the first off-hand remarks from the former president to come under scrutiny, and he has attracted as many negative headlines as positive ones as he campaigns on behalf of his wife.
Last month, the former president came under fire for suggesting that if his wife is elected president, he and former President Bush would tour the world in a diplomatic mission to undo the harm the current president has done. Former President Bush, the current president's father, later said he had never agreed to such a trip. He's also taken heat for saying he was always opposed to the Iraq war and suggesting electing Obama would be a risk.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney