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. Obama Doubling down on Socialism

    Democrats were too stupid to nominate Hillary in 2008 and now too stupid to nominate her to run instead of Obama. Obama knew he could neutralize her in 2012 by appointing her to Secretary of State. Unfortunaytely she was dumb enough to fall for it.

    April 2, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Eric of Reseda

    Clinton was a great president. The GOP spent millions trying to destroy this guy, even accused him of the murder of Vince Foster (Folks, the GOP will say and do ANYthing to get and/or maintain power. They are not to be trusted!). Yet all he did was substantially minimize the damage to the economy caused by Reagan and Bush 1. Clinton balanced the budget, even lowered the MASSIVE deficit created by the Hollywood actor Reagan and the ineffective Bush 1, who BOTH raised taxes numerous times. (The "anti-tax" GOP mantra is a lie. Historical fact. They use it to get votes, period. Dems are FAR more honest in this regard, because the FACT is, we cannot erase the deficit without cutting spending AND raising taxes. Time to stop letting Romney adn his ilk, as well as the GE's of this country pay minimal or NO taxes!. Churches too!). Ever since Lee Atwater, the Southern Strategy, Nixon & Reagan, the GOP has been in decline. It's precisely what we see in their primaries; a Party that is completely in tatters, with no real leadership at all. Obama may be no Clinton, but I'll take him over Mitt "Corporations Are People Too" Romney ANYday!

    April 2, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. erik

    I would vote for her. There is no one else running that I am going to vote for.

    April 2, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. woody

    She couldn't even see through her own philandering husband's lies, let alone enabling him with her "right wing conspiracy excuses for his sordid behavior. How would she ever see through the likes of an Ahmedinajad, or Kim Jong Il's kid?

    April 2, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. JohnW

    Obama Doubling down on Socialism – You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    April 2, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. MaryM

    Absolutely, Clinton/Warren 2016

    April 2, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Gimmeabreak

    If Hillary doesn't change her disgusting current hairdo (long – yuck!) and goes back to her hairstyle during the primaries, NOBODY will vote for her!!!!!!

    April 2, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. JudyB

    Dump Biden and put here on the ticket as VP. She serves her four years...then runs for president in 2016. Perfect solution.

    April 2, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Muldoon in Ohio

    It'll never happen – she's already too old to be elected as a woman.

    April 2, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Mark L.

    I ♥ Hillary Rodham Clinton and would TOTALLY support her 110% in a 2016 run for US President...(I would TOTALLY support Hillary if President Obama were to drop Joe Biden and add her name to the VP slot in 2012 as well...) Our nation would prosper, just as it did back in the 1990's, under a Clinton administration...NO DOUBT about it...!!!!

    April 2, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. S Park

    The Presidency would be a step down for Hillary, since it is primarily a domestic role. The Secretary of State position actually has more respect and prestige in academic and international arenas.

    April 2, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. DeeNYC

    Hillary 2016.

    April 2, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. ourjungle

    Hillary I noticed you have a hidden hawkishness....have Iran's nukes taken out with minimum collateral damage,and your political future will be written.

    April 2, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. jj

    Hillary 2016? But who will be her running mate?

    April 2, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Mahhn

    She's more corrupt that Newt, been working with Insurance companies to get their product force on people since 1989. Been bending over backwards for the Chinese selling out the US worker since Slick Willy could. Don't forget Slick removed the laws making people Qualify for loans – starting the housing bubble that brought down the banking system for all mid/low income people. Yeah these are the people you want in politics again - insane.

    April 2, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. jj

    Sorry, that was supposed to be an exclamation point... Hillary 2016!

    April 2, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. WachetAuf

    Yes, I may vote for her. She has the best, most courageous, leadership and political experience in domestic and international affairs of any man or woman in this country. She can make her husband Secretary of State.

    April 2, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Amy

    I would definitely vote for her.

    April 2, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Bridget W

    I would vote for her. I wish she was running for president now

    April 2, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Doug Ericson

    Yeah, we need Mrs. Mortgage Crisis, to come in an finish the job of ruining this country her husband started.

    April 2, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. WIlly Brown

    Old laxative mouth never stops flowing does he?

    April 2, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. JustSaying

    Obama stole 2008 election from Clinton. Plain and simple. We would be in much better shape then we are now if Clinton got elected.

    April 2, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. Lola

    My guess is that Hillary wants to get as far as she can away from Obama as soon as possible. She can then follow Bill's lead and make serious money on the speaking circuit for a while... But I predict she will run for POTUS in 2016.

    April 2, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. krag

    In 2016 Hillary will be going on 70. She wont be running for anything but the rest room

    April 2, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. AmericanSam

    I would definitely vote for Hillary Clinton.

    April 2, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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