April 2nd, 2012
08:30 AM ET
2 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)
  1. Ann

    Where have you all been 4 years ago? Hillary would have been a pragmatic president focused on economy. Think people, think. The economy is still the number one issue.

    April 2, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. KJBBoyz

    Hillary who? The USA would be in huge trouble if see got in! She's a horrible S of S and should get out of politics.

    April 2, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Chad

    If Hillary chose to run in 2016, she'd likely win easily. I cannot think of another woman currently in public service who would make a finer "first woman president" in the US. And that's not because I'm a Clinton-o-phile... I just give props where they're due.

    April 2, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Bob

    Look what the mainstream media did to Hillary in 2008 against an unknown Barack Obama. They trashed her!!! Do you really think she wants to go through that again?????

    April 2, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Tony

    Four More Years and the Door,
    Have you noticed the historical low approval rating of Congress? It was worse than the rating Congress had before the 2010 election. Furthermore, congressional Republicans have a worse rating than congressional Democrats. Republicans are headed for an even bigger shellacking in 2012 than Democrats took in 2010. I am okay with that.

    April 2, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Jane

    It's simple: If Hillary Clinton wants the presidency in 2016, she will have it. She's a sure thing. And would whip this country into shape to boot. It's up to her.

    April 2, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. Larry L

    @Anonymous

    "The only "politician" with a lower character than Bill Clinton was Edward Kennedy."
    ---------------------------------------------------------–
    You support the Party of Dick Nixon, Dick Cheney, and the now invisible George "W" Bush. Nixon got booted for being a crook. Cheney and the Enron boss spoke 37 times on the phone in the sixty day preceeding Enron's collapse – just a "couple of buddies chatting about old times I suppose...". Cheney also in helped his moronic boss start two wars by cooking the books to show WMD that didn't exist. During those wars Cheney was deeply in bed with Haliburton – his former company and one of his principal investments. When the Army Audit Agency showed that Halibutron defrauded the Army out billions Cheny supported a bonus for Haliburton – which they received. The phoney war cost the lives of hundreds of thousands including over 4500 Soldiers and Marines. It also contributed heavily to the destruction of the American economy – especially since the Bush-Cheney Administration didn't even include the cost of the war in the budget. Cheney got richer, Bush is off cutting brush and the people are still dead. Cheney never even apologized to the lawyer he shot... I guess we can forgive him for that one... Still, Clinton's BJ doesn't look too bad by comparison....

    April 2, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Ari

    Hillary Clinton would have my vote any day of the week. In fact, I wrote her in during the 2008 election. I hope she does run some day. She's got a steel spine and wouldn't bend to the thug tactics that are going on in congress right now.

    April 2, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Bill

    Hillary would win in a landslide in 2016. She is qualified and tough and the GOP/Tea Party just do not have all of America's interest at heart to ever be successful. History has shown us all that the GOP is capable of when they are in power, and that showing falls way short of what Democratic presidents have accomplished during America's toughest and most difficult times in history.

    April 2, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. M. Simons

    Still would love to see Biden and Hillary switch jobs next term. If Hillary became VP, she would be a shoo-in for the Presidency in 2016 (the Republicans would go ballastic!!)

    April 2, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. phoenix86

    Bill's comment on HIllary shows how much the democrats have fallen due to the abject failure of the community organizer. Truely pathetic.

    April 2, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. Obama Doubling down on Socialism

    Hillary won't run for President in 2016 or ever. Obama, Reid and Pelosi have now branded the Democrat Party as the Democrat Socialist Party. The American people have now seen them for what they truly are. The 2012 elections will decimate the Democrat Socialist Party, just as the 2010 elections did. And for this you Democrats can send your thank you notes to Obama, Reid and Pelosi.

    April 2, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Larry L who wrote:
    "...It also contributed heavily to the destruction of the American economy – especially since the Bush-Cheney Administration didn't even include the cost of the war in the budget. Cheney got richer, Bush is off cutting brush and the people are still dead. Cheney never even apologized to the lawyer he shot... I guess we can forgive him for that one... Still, Clinton's BJ doesn't look too bad by comparison....
    -------------------------------------------------
    This was my favorite excerpt, but the entire post was poetry in motion, flawless, and smooth as butter. Did I already say how very much I enejoyed reading it?!
    Outstanding.

    April 2, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. Martin

    Despite what all the naysayers say, I would love to see a 2016 match up between Hilary Clinton and Condoleeza Rice. Two former diplomats with extensive world experience and extensive political backing, rather than corporate backing.

    I am a male, but it's time the USA joined the rest of the world that have had strong female leaders.

    Clinton has already said if Obama wins a second term she will step down as Sec State, I would think the real reason is so that she can prepare for her run in 2016.

    The worst part of Hilary being President is that under current Constitutional law she can't appoint Bill to a cabinet post (can't have family working cabinet level positions), which is the waste of another great talent.

    Hilary and Bill are both still very, very popular among Americans from both sides.

    April 2, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. bill

    i wish hillary would run for pres., but leave wild bill home

    April 2, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    I would not have supported her if she had won the nomination in 2008, but should she decide to again run for the presidency, either in 2012 or 2016, I would support her.

    Obama has not been the president that he could have been. His concentration on the health care plan when the economy was in shambles was a mistake and had the Repugnats put a real candidate up, Obama would likely be a one-term president.

    Hillary could easily beat anyone the Repugnats could field. Now or in 2016.

    April 2, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. Guest

    This idea makes people retch.

    April 2, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Thomas

    CNN , next time you see Bill , ask him about the effect of his repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999 ?

    Tell him thank you for selling out to the Banks , thanks for the Crash Mr . Bill !

    The liberal Media think Bill is King.

    Hillary would be a better President then him.

    April 2, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. Hillary Supporter

    I hope she does run. She is better then any candidate running right now and better then Obama.

    April 2, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. Smart Human

    I think the GOP is going the way of the Dodo. They are just too archaic and out of touch. They are totally obsolete.

    April 2, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Cynthia

    If Hillary, chooses to run in 2016, she will win. Especially after the Republicans have gone after women, their bodies and their choices. It will be a pleasure to vote for an intelligent, forward-thinking woman like Ms. Clinton. One who understands domestic and foreign issues, who plays fair and tough with America's best friends and worst enemies.
    Sorry, Republicans, you did it to yourselves and it will be you that caused the people of this nation to turn their backs on you. You chose to go loony tunes and most won't stand for it at the voting booth.

    April 2, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. Hillary Supporter

    Hillary should run as a third party candidate she would get my vote.

    April 2, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. Hillary Supporter

    If she ran as a third party candidate she would beat out the current field.

    April 2, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. enkephalin07

    Her chance is past, and it doesn't sound like she wants it back. Besides, Presidency ages people, and Hillary doesn't age as well as her husband.

    April 2, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Hillary Supporter

    Tony

    Four More Years and the Door,
    Have you noticed the historical low approval rating of Congress? It was worse than the rating Congress had before the 2010 election. Furthermore, congressional Republicans have a worse rating than congressional Democrats. Republicans are headed for an even bigger shellacking in 2012 than Democrats took in 2010. I am okay with that.

    ----------------------------------------
    Do you have a basic understanding of government? Do you know what the congress is? It is the House and Senate. Approval ratings are bad for both parties because the American public is fed up with both parties.

    April 2, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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