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)
  1. FedUp

    She already had 2 terms. She can't run again. At least, according to Bill she had 2 terms.

    April 2, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Dan

    I certainly wouldn't waste my time voting for her.

    April 2, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    @ Wake up people:
    I hear you. Bill had some "memorably unproud" moments during Hillary's run. I totally get all your reasons why you would sit it out and not vote. However,continuing the hypothetical scenario, I couldn't sit out ANY election after seeing what is really at stake for our country. During the good old days when our economy wasn't on life support, jobs were plentiful, and Americans could still afford to be international a-holes you and I could take a "bye"...maybe. Not now. I don't trust these GOPers and some of these Democraps to do what is civically right for our country. They've lost their moral compass and we need to keep them in a tight rein and close check. Just saying babe...

    April 2, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. The REAL Truth

    @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...
    and luckily for the country, we the people (the 99%) have truly seen the absolutely pathetic GOP over last 3 yrs for what they have been driven to by the Teapotters and othe fringe elements. They have become the party of "NO", self-centerd leadership, the one-termers, control of women, and to heck with the country!!
    This is why (as a former conservative and now fully independent voter) I will most likely be voting Dem in Nov.

    April 2, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Mario

    I'd vote for Hillary Clinton if she ran for President in 2016. She would be an excellent President. Her vice presidential running mate should be someone like Al Franken, Barbara Boxer, Bernie Sanders, or Ron Wyden.

    April 2, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Yimbo

    Hillary is the Richard Nixon of the current democrat party........always scheming, always yearning, always looking for that opportunity to be president cause she just knows it's her destination...... But euro socialism is going bankrupt so what are these grand visions she needs to implement ????? more programs more spending more taxes? or maybe it just doesn't matter – its all about the ego of being elected.....

    April 2, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Dave Elliott

    I supported her in 2008. I would support her again, should she run. Will she run? I doubt it. After the way the democratic base treated her in 2008. The base backed a vertually unknown, inexperienced, first term senator, who was an exceptional speaker. Rather then a woman who had lived and breathed american politics for 35 years. And would have been going to bed every night with the smartest, most politically savy, effective president in the history of the country. When I think of where this country would be had Mrs. Clinton been elected in 2008 all I can do is shake my head.

    April 2, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. ElectClinton

    BILL-–PLEASE!!!!! Dear God, PLEASE!!!!!!!

    Run Hillary THIS YEAR!!!!!!!

    April 2, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Steve

    Re: Thomas Response...

    You say ask "Bill , ask him about the effect of his repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999" You blame Bill Clinton for that....you need to know your facts. That bill was rammed through congress (over Christmas break) by a bunch of Texas republicans with a veto proof majority. You can thank the rebublican congress for that de-regulating gift that started the entire house of cards metality that lead to the Bush economic collapse.

    Get your facts right....republicans never put America first!!!

    April 2, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Four and The Door

    The REAL Truth
    ..and luckily for the country, we the people (the 99%) have truly seen the absolutely pathetic GOP over last 3 yrs for what they have been driven to by the Teapotters and othe fringe elements.
    The Republican House of Representatives has done an excellent job and we are proud of their focus on what needs to be done. They have stood up the out-of-control Obama/ Reid spending machine. Obama had to reduce his 2011 budget by $100 billion. That was huge progress. But even better, he was forced to accept cost cutting along with the latest debt ceiling increase. Now we are talking about probably $3 trillion over a decade. This is why we gave Republicans the majority in the House. They have delivered.

    And so now you ask like we have seen hundreds of times on this board," Where are the jobs". My answer: In America. Unemployment started dropping exactly when the November 2010 results were in and it hasn't stopped dropping since then. There are the jobs! Not the result of "Jobs Bills" as Obama likes to call them, but management of the federal government that gives businesses confidence to hire again. It works. Look at the data.

    April 2, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Gwen

    @KJBBoyz who said..."Hillary is a terrible Sec of State"

    I guess you're watching too much FOX – Hillary is one of the most respected, knowledgeable diplomats in the world!! Hillary has done a great job as S of S in very trying times. Go Hillary!!!

    April 2, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Margaret

    I would definately vote for Ms. Clinton if she decided to run in 2016. After a few years off to re-energize she will be a fantastic president.

    April 2, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Tony

    Hillary Supporter,
    As I said in my post, the approval rating for congressional Republicans is worse than congressional Democrats. Congressional Republicans' rating is dragging down Congress's overall rating. This came out of a New York Times/CBS News poll. I did not make up the information.

    Of course I know that Congress consists of the House and the Senate. Neither party has good rating, and neither chamber of Congress has good rating. That does not change the basic point of my post. Congress's approval rating is historically bad. From the fact that Republicans have a lower rating than Democrats, Republicans are getting most of the blame. Because Democrats were getting most of the blame in 2010, they got pummeled in 2010 election. Republicans are headed for the same fate in 2012.

    April 2, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. ShawnDH

    Obama 2012, Hillary 2016 and 2020. Good luck Republicans. You'll need it.

    April 2, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Wes Monroe

    I'm an Independent and In 2008 I wanted Hillary to be President and was discouraged that the inexperienced Obama became the nominee. I would vote for Hillary in November but the Democratic party won't have anything to do with her or Bill for that matter. My vote will be going to our next President...........Mitt Romney.

    April 2, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. 2011 Eyes

    If there is a party that is socialist, it's the Republicans. They want their salaries and embellished benefits paid for by the taxpayer's, but they want to deny the poor and disabled to receive taxpayer help. The Republicans want the middle-class, that keep this country going, to disappear. With millions of middle-class unemployed, we no longer have the necessary tax revenue. If it's the wealthy that create jobs and pay the most in taxes. then why is this country in such a chaotic, deplorable, failing mess? There is no one that can deny the repulsive arrogance in the past 3+ years of the Republican's refusal to do for America. The Republicans have been on the offense at attempting to overthrow a government to which they owe allegiance and they have betrayed the American people.

    April 2, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Lisa

    get out of here!!! The US can't be that bad...

    April 2, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. ShawnDH

    Wes Monroe wrote "I'm an Independent and In 2008 I wanted Hillary to be President and was discouraged that the inexperienced Obama became the nominee. I would vote for Hillary in November but the Democratic party won't have anything to do with her or Bill for that matter. My vote will be going to our next President...........Mitt Romney."

    Well Obama is the best president of my lifetime, so I guess that "inexperience" worked out pretty well. I'm glad you will vote for Romney who has no chance to beat Obama. Enjoy LOSING...again. But at least you'll vote for the winner in 2016...Hillary Clinton.

    April 2, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Obama Doubling down on Socialism

    @The REAL Truth, you and I agree. The Republican Party is the party of NO OBAMA SOCIALISM. It's a proven bankrupt failure here and around the world. Now Obama and the Democrats threaten to compromise our Constitutional rights to force more of it down our throats with Obamacare. The American people have seen and heard enough. We refuse to become slaves of the federal government.

    April 2, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. ShawnDH

    ElectClinton SCREAMED!!! "BILL-–PLEASE!!!!! Dear God, PLEASE!!!!!!! Run Hillary THIS YEAR!!!!!!!"

    Calm down. Obviously, Hillary Clinton is not running this year. President Obama is incredibly popular with the Democratic base and will win reelection easily. Hillary will run in 2016. You need to focus on reality if you want Hillary to win.

    April 2, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    What has the Republican Party contributed towards improving our economy since 2008, when their policies brought it all crashing down?

    1- They brought us Sarah Palin and the Tea Party, both of which have approval ratings below 25%.
    2- They brought the Tea Party to the House, which has an approval rating pushing into single digits.
    3- They made a lot of noise and blocked any sort of reform that was not a George W. Bush policy.
    4- They promised jobs in 2010, but delivered a radical right wing agenda in 2011.
    5- Now they are promising more of the same under the guise of "jobs plans".

    April 2, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Jacknyd

    Hillary Clinton for President....... I sure hope not, She could hire Obama as Secretary of State.

    April 2, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. ShawnDH

    Obama Doubling down on Socialism whined: "You and I agree. The Republican Party is the party of NO OBAMA SOCIALISM. It's a proven bankrupt failure here and around the world."

    Then why has the US economy improved by every standard under Obama? Nobody is interested in your bizarre hysteria over "socialism." If you want to be honest about what has bankrupted the US, see GW Bush's ridiculous tax cuts, corporate welfare, military spending and wars. Really, get a grip. How'd your mindless babbling about "socialism" work out for you in 2008?

    April 2, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. Obama Doubling down on Socialism

    Hillary Supporter - 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.
    But if the American public is fed up with BOTH parties, why did they vote OUT record numbers of Democrats in the 2010 elections and vote IN record numbers of Republicans? Reality simply does not match what you have written.

    April 2, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. WIMPY38

    Hillary's down fall would be Bill. He would try to micromanage her and they would collide. And instead of sleeping in seperate beds, this would cause them to move in seperate bedrooms.

    April 2, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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