April 2nd, 2012
08:30 AM ET
6 years ago

Bill Clinton weighs a Hillary Clinton presidential bid

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton left the door open to his wife Hillary Clinton running for office again, despite the current secretary of state's repeated insistence she will not seek the presidency in the future.

"I believe she's being absolutely honest with you when she says she doesn't think she'll go back into politics," Clinton said in an interview that aired Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America." "But if she comes home and we do this foundation stuff for the rest of our lives I'll be happy. If she changes her mind and decides to run I'll be happy."

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Clinton said Secretary Clinton plans to "come home and decompress and relax" after serving as chief diplomat, a post she has repeatedly said will be her last role in public service.

The former president unsurprisingly predicted the incumbent president will win re-election by a significant margin.

"I think that his argument will be we put a floor under the recession and kept it from becoming a depression," Clinton said. "We have begun to dig our way out. I think that's he's going to win handily and I have for a long time."

He also compared and contrasted the attacks he endured during his first presidential run in 1992 to those lobbed at Romney.

"Mine was just one long character attack, but we never had to change what we were saying from the primary to the general," Clinton said. "The problem Gov. Romney has is his character attack was you don't really know what he believes- he did this, he says that."

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Filed under: 2012 • 2016 • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • Mitt Romney
soundoff (197 Responses)

    If she does does decide to run, she'll be the first woman POTUS.

    April 2, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  2. JR1962

    I can't wait for 2016. Run, Hillary, run!

    April 2, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  3. Tony

    Anybody can change his or her mind. Just ask Romney.

    April 2, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  4. diridi

    Obama2012/Our dear Hillary2016. period.
    PS: Pres. Clinton, WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 2, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  5. Maryellen

    I would love to see Hillary run with Obama for VP in 2012 and then President in 2016. Please Mrs. Clinton go for it!

    April 2, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. Scef

    I read an article in Politico today and it is amazing at the hatred that the right still harbors against Mr. Clinton. It is similar to the hatred that they harbor against Pres Obama. Could it be that both have turned around repub caused recessions, concretely disproved their trickle down econ theory, championed the middle class, and ensured the safety net for the poor and elderly. I will gladly take their vision of America over anything that the repubs have to offer.

    April 2, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. Oscar delaEnta

    she can't be any worse than the schmuck in there now. Even Daffy Duck would be better

    April 2, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  8. Yes, Clinton should run again

    She had my vote last time. I would have loved to have seen a Clinton/Obama ticket, have them for 8 years, and then elect Obama as president after he had 8 years of vice president. Granted, as president, Obama has done an outstanding job and America is coming out from under that dark cloud that the Bush regime put over us, and he's done all that with limited experience. I could easily see a Clinton/Obama White House for 8 years pulling us out of the Bush mire, and then 8 years of an Obama/Biden White House - it'd be the glory days revisited.

    April 2, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. Bill

    This would be a perfectly natural course for the Democrats to follow in '16. Given her "brain trust" husband and her experience as Sec of State, a truly qualified candidate with a good shot!

    April 2, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  10. Carolina

    Please run Hilary....would love to see the Clintons back in the Whitehouse. Bill was our best Potus ever!!

    April 2, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  11. Get real

    No, right now we need someone who has connections with God and big oil so that would be Santorum and Romney.

    April 2, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  12. Jerubbaal

    The sharpest political mind in America.

    April 2, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  13. maria gutierrez

    if pres. Obama re-elected this year, i think sec. Hilary Clinton should consider running in 2016 since she has been part of shaping this administration and her expertise is much needed more than anyone else to defeat any presidential candidate in the future. I think it is the right time or her to step in to protect the right of women in this country. She can hibernate for a while and start living privately but after that she will feel the calling to serve people still. So i hope that she changed her mind and think about the hundreds of people being oppressed in this country.

    April 2, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  14. Get real

    Clinton said. "The problem Gov. Romney has is his character attack was you don't really know what he believes- he did this, he says that."

    And how is this different than Obama?

    April 2, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  15. 0reasonable0

    Go-Clinton-Go 2016
    My fool vote
    The GOP will wait 16 year to ever have any real chance again. Till then the party will be split in 3 or 4 small parties.
    Rumney will never get close, he will be swept clean under the carpet. They have missed it as they throw Santorun under the bus. No reall conservative or evangelical will in a good conscience vote for Rumney.
    Mormonism is anti-christy. Another gospel of another kind. Obamas one Billion $ will drag Romney in the mud. Many people who voted for Santorum, Paul and Gingrich will stay home or vote for the Democrats. Latinos will also take a stand against the immigration madness.
    It is time to pay back.

    April 2, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  16. 0reasonable0

    my full vote
    Clinton 2016

    April 2, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. Sam

    I for one would be first in line to vote for Hillary in 2016. She has great credentials!

    April 2, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Whatever Hillary decides to do, Bill should support her. NOT in the way that he did in 2008 where he was yanked off the campaign trail for making "indelicate" comments about her adversary, but in a way befitting the stateswoman that she has become, and the wife that stood by his very public shenanigans in office.
    Love you Bill, but it is time to grow up and make it about Hillary NOT you.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    April 2, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  19. Madeline Harshman

    I wrote Hillary's name in for my choice in 2008 and will again in 2012. I know she is the BEST person for the job! I'll be VERY disappointed if she chooses NOT to run. Bill Clinton did a great job and Hillary will do even a BETTER JOB!!! RUN HILL

    April 2, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. ShawnDH

    I would definitely vote for Hillary in 2016, and I think she'd win.

    April 2, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  21. ireuel

    Funny she was leading in the 2008 primary with the popular vote. She should of been the one in 2008. I think we would of all been better now than we are. Sad we ended up with someone that had and still has zero experience. It was the economy stupid and She would of better understood that.

    April 2, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  22. JPM

    I would NEVER have voted for Hillary Clinton...That is until this country elected Oblamer. He is the worst President in history. She would be a breath of fresh air.

    April 2, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  23. GonzoinHouston

    Given the way the GOP is going it would be hers for the taking. The only downside is that the right-wing hate would be fanned anew and we'd have 8 more years of blatant obstruction. Would age be a factor? How old would Hillary be, and how is she feeling after living on an airplane for 4 years?

    April 2, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  24. Bessy

    Hillary should be our girl in 2016 and I hope she is. If she does decide to run ( one can always change their mind ) I'm sure she would have it in a heartbeat. President Obama has done wonderful things in 3 years and he will continue to do good things in his next term. On top of that Hillary can continue to bring our great country back to where it used to be. What was done by the Republicans can not be undone in just one term in office. It will take a few years to get the country back to where it was. For the people out there who cannot understand that, just put a Republican back in office and see where we end up. It will not be a pretty picture.

    April 2, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  25. mb2010a

    Obama 2012. Clinton 2016 & 2020...

    April 2, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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