September 22nd, 2008
02:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Bill Clinton: Hillary didn't want the vice presidency

(CNN) – Sitting on a couch shmoozing the ladies of The View on Monday, Bill Clinton said Hillary didn’t want to be Barack Obama’s running mate, but that she would have taken the job if she was asked.

“She would have been the best politically, at least in the short run, because of her enormous support [in] the country,“ Clinton said. “She said 'If he asks, I’ll do it because it’s my duty.'”

Clinton praised Biden and said he was a “good choice.” He said he had “no real opinion” on whether or not she should have been his running mate, but that the decision is personal and that he chose to stay out of it completely.

Clinton praised John McCain for his time spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, and said the Arizona senator had been the only Republican candidate this year who could win the election, but predicted that Obama will win in November because of the state of the economy.

“I've made everyone in the world mad in this election,” Clinton said. “But I genuinely like both of them. I genuinely admire both of them. I think we make a terrible mistake believing we have to find something wrong with the people we can't vote for.”

When asked about Obama’s experience, Clinton said he was the same age as the Democratic nominee when he stepped into the Oval Office. He said he thinks both candidates are experienced enough to be president.

“Having been there, you could argue that no one is ever fully qualified to be president until you take it, because it’s such a unique job, you have to learn things as you go,” Clinton said. “But I think he is ready to be president, and I think McCain is ready to be president, I think you gotta decide which president you want.”

soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. independent

    No doubt, media loves any liberal candidate , especially Obama.
    80% of media seems to be favouring Obama-Biden all the way.

    Yet, McCain-Palin are not very far behind.

    Going by the state of affairs, it should have been a clean-sweep for Obama-Biden, but not happening.

    What is the reason ?

    September 22, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Shannon

    for all of you people saying that Sarah Palin hasn't been attacked, Lou Dobbs is doing a story on it tonight on CNN. Obama has run more negative ads than McCain that's just a fact. Obama labeled the Clintons racist in order to win and now he wants their help! LOL funny!

    September 22, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. Ron Canada.

    It would have been a complete waste of talent to have made
    Senator Clinton VP.
    In my opinion that is why they had a meeting soon
    after Senator Clinton declared her bid for Presidential nominy
    over. If Dems.had not been so rabid about having a women
    for Presidant they would have seen this.
    The Demacratic Party almost divided over it as most of us
    witnest it.

    September 22, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. ANGIE

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT
    BIDEN FOR VICE PRESIDENT
    HILLARY FOR SEC OF STATE OR SUPREME COURT YES WE CAN YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 22, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Denise

    I do not understand the thinking of ex-Hillary's voters/supporters.....please tell me how Hillary will win in 2012 for I really want to know? Do you really, in all honesty, think that Blacks will support Hillary in 2012 if Obama does not win this year...there will be SOME that will, but a lot of Blacks will view President Clinton's half-hearted remarks last week and today in the vain that they were spoken. These remarks are showing the Black community that President Clinton does not have Obama's best interest at heart...we will see though...only time will tell...2012– its not as far away as some thinks....

    September 22, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Democrat

    If Bill Clinton is not coming outright to support the Democratic candidate,then he should stop granting interviews about the candidates.

    September 22, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Frank the Tank

    It's too bad that Hillary couldn't have secured the nomination, I worry that Obama is going to lose the election... Clinton was a slam dunk in a race that shouldn't have ever been this close...

    September 22, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. KATHLEEN

    I am VERY disappointed in Bill Clinton and this interview! He literally
    "wasted" a chance to speak up for his party! Sounds "bitter" to me.
    No enthusiasm for Obama!

    We don't want McCain's experience. Thanks to "experience, we are
    in a nightmare with wars!!! And Palin mentions Russia and Iran as
    "possiblities." Bill Clinton, Get real for your country's and your party's
    sake!!!!

    Obama Biden 2008

    September 22, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. Florida Gold

    Be honest Mr Clinton ,you have no guts for Barack Obama ,you dislike him since the first day he declared to be a candidate for the democratic party.With your last comment, you do not sound to democratic so make up your mind which candidate you rely want for president.

    September 22, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. mary

    BILL CLINTON IS ONLY MAD, BECAUSE HE DID NOT GET HIS BIG FOOT BACK INTO THE WHITE HOUSE. READ BETWEEN THE LINES.

    September 22, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. Anna

    People, people. Why so much hate? It's amazing to me how americans lash out at candidates for Presidency and VP, instead of direct it to George W. Bush who brought misery to your country and the world. Understand you are a public servant when in political office and these people are not monsters, McCain, Palin, Obama, Biden. They are mere humans just like YOU, and some are of high intellect and others are not. (I won't share who I think has the high intellect lest this incur more hatred). But ALL of them share the concept of "service". And if they don't they will soon learn what it means if they are chosen. Instead of cackling like witches at these candidates, why not channel your anger into constructive learning of the issues so you can make your best choice.

    September 22, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Maybe

    We might get Hillary afterall!? This is what I heard...
    On or about October 5th, Biden will excuse himself from the ticket, citing health problems,
    and he will be replaced by Hillary. This is timed to occur after the VP debate on 10/2.

    September 22, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. Ed

    I was eager to watch the interview but then it just became clear that Bill Clinton had not at all changed since the primary season and was in fact, nastier than ever. It's now clear to me that he is trying to get people to vote for McCain. He's had more than ample time to restore his legacy and yet keeps tarnishing it again and again.

    September 22, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. Oregon speaks

    You don't have to hate McCain to vote for Obama. This election is a choice of political directions for our country. Stop with all the name calling, half truths, anger and calls for political revenge because your candidate didn't win. It isn't helping. If you really want to change the way things are done and have the government do more for its people then vote for Obama. If you are happy with the way things are and want a smaller government that is cheaper but doesn't do as much then choose McCain. Not all that complicated really.

    September 22, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  15. Walt

    I believe that Obama should have consider Hillary and that he should have selected her. But, is there anyone else out there that understands why the hell he didn't?????????

    September 22, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. Lance

    McCain lost another one.....beautiful post. Too bad Obama is guilty of a lot of the things you are complaining about. Lobbyist money is in his coffers and on his campaign. factcheck.org had a great article on how the only logical way that Obama could claim to be free of lobbyist money was to change the definition of what lobbyist money is.

    If you want to vote for Obama because you want for some of his socialist leaning policies or because of the supreme court that is one thing. It is another story when you actually believe he is bi-partisan or will change politics. we have heard enough lies and double speak from him to know he is more of the same.

    if anything we should have learned that letting one party control both houses of congress and the white house is the real danger.

    September 22, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. Holy Cow...

    ...sounds like Bill Clinton just endorsed McCain!!!!!!

    Go Bill ..... LOL

    September 22, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  18. Former Alaskan

    I worked for & voted for Republican tickets for years, but there is NO way I can support the McCain/Palin ticket. First of all, I just don't think John McCain is completely in touch with reality. But most importantly, I've seen Sarah Palin in action... and there is NO way on earth I could vote for this woman for Vice President (only a heartbeat away from the Presidency). She is uninformed, inept, corrupt, egotistical, uncaring, and vengeful. The only thing important to this woman is her personal political career. Anybody in her way better watch their backs.

    September 22, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  19. wonder

    hey "mike" there's no such thing as "012". no wonder you're voting mccain.

    September 22, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. ME IN FL

    Why would Bill suport Obama???? Bills knows Obama is not qualified for the job and has no experience. I believe Bill is veryyyyyy smarttttttt!!

    September 22, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. Shannon

    I voted for Clinton in the Primaries and think she would have made a great president. But, I don't think she wanted to be v.p. from the start. Thats why she was running for president people. And to think that some comments above are stating that Clinton endorsed Mcsain is dumb... Really Bump he said that Obama will win in November. You all have to remember Bill is a former President he still has to act Presidential.... I love how the republician comments oviously dont know there facts. Fact check people you have computers!!

    September 22, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  22. Ben Dover

    Did you even read what President Clinton said?

    Stop demonizing the "other" side. Stop being sucked into a rabid, emotional state of emotional slavery to any one celebrity.

    Use your head.

    Both sides are rational – and both have different plans to address issues like the economy, healthcare and education. Both care about their country and think they have the best solutions.

    Read their plans. Argue for the logic. Ask hard questions about why you're not hearing anything from 3rd party candidates. And quit whining about who said what about lipstick.

    This partisan attitude is what got us into this mess. Every nasty email puts another nail in our country's coffin.

    September 22, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  23. HAWK, TEXAS

    WAY TO GO BILL. I JUST WISH YOU WERE IN THE WHITE HOUSE SO WE WOULD NOT BE IN THIS MESS. AND I THINK THAT OBAMA DIDN'T WANT HILLARY FOR VICE PRESIDENT BECAUSE HE HAS A MUCH MORE IMPORTANT JOB FOR HER. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE? AND TO THE LADY THAT SAID BLAME THE DEMOCRATS FOR THE MESS WE ARE IN BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN IN CONTROL OF CONGRESS FOR 6 YEARS, YOU NEED A HISTORY LESSON. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN IN CONTROLL FOR 16 YEARS. SMOKE ON THAT A WHILE.

    September 22, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  24. kayla

    PINNOCHIO!

    September 22, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  25. Charles D

    Too bad I can't vote for Bill Clinton a third time. He was and still is the best of the lot. He can think deeply on issues and has broad knowledge.
    He also knew how to pick a great supporting cast.

    September 22, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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