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. 2011 Eyes

    There is no elected President that goes into office having all the answers. When we have a President that tries to do for the middle-class and the poor (inspite of obstruction) because of necessity, it is admirable. When we have a President that takes our tax dollars from specific funds and borrows money to do for deceitful foreign countries, it is appalling and unforgivable.

    Perhaps we all need to decide if we want to regain our country's status and stability; or whether we want to let the middle-class disappear, continue to borrow to control foreign countries and let greed and corruption rule until there is no chance of recovery for America. This country is so deep into a mess of control and deception, it is reeking havoc on everyone but the rich and members of Congress that have not earned their pay. The voters will be part of this country's complete failure if we don't recognize the members of Congress that need to go away and do their filibustering elsewhere.

    April 2, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. me138

    Hilliary is a blatant liar and does not deserve to represent the people.

    April 2, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. driftss

    She needs to run in 2012! Anything is better than Obama whose promise of "change" did just that. All we have left is change in our wallets after his spending sprees, failure to fix the economy or jobs, Obamacare debacle that will surely bankrupt the country (and our individual wallets) and ruin healthcare as we know it (and freedoms). Can't wait for another change. At least Obama was smart enough to not campaign on "change for the better..." since he knew his lack of leadership and experience was not likely for that result...

    April 2, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    2011 Eyes
    ... When we have a President that tries to do for the middle-class and the poor (inspite of obstruction) because of necessity, it is admirable.
    Open your eyes and look around yourself. Look not at what Obama reads in his speeches but what his policies do across the country. He can talk and talk and talk and talk but what matters is results. His job is not just to campaign and talk. It is to get results by managing the nation's federal government. Increasing our nation's debt 30% in 3 years while at the same time making the federal government much more expensive going forward are results that in any situation would be grounds for dismissal. November 2012. The message will be simple. Accountability.

    Romney 2012

    April 2, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Penobscot

    Ol' Slick Willy....prognosticating.

    April 2, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. 2011 Eyes

    No one will accomplish any change with the greed, deception and outlandish control of the Republican party !

    April 2, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. BlackDynamite

    That's what America needs. A 2nd-rate candidate to become President.

    At least it wouldn't be GOP......

    April 2, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Obama Doubling down on Socialism

    MaryM - Absolutely, Clinton/Warren 2016
    WOW! Hasn't been anything that far left since the Fidel/Fidel ticket in Cuba!

    April 2, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. democrat12

    Hillary 2016!!! She'll have plenty of time to rest before then.We need Hillary.

    April 2, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    I don't beleve that Mr. Clinton is the arbiter of who will be president, afterall, we had him, and his debacle. WHat do you expect him to say of a fellow Democrat?? That we "secretly hate his guts, and he jimmied the nomination away from Hillary, and she should have been president and not this upstart"??

    I put as much into what Bill Clinton says as I do Jimmy Carter.

    April 2, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. joe smith

    we've had a General, a Roman Catholic, a peanut farmer, a hollywood actor, a cia chief, a Rhoades scholar, a baseball owner, an Islamist, why not give the girls a whirl..we Americans don't stand for anytrhing, but we fall for everything..

    April 2, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. JiminNM

    So, Hillary had Obama backed into a corner in the 2008 election. She had evidence he wasn't a natural born U.S. citizen and did not have the courage to take him out. No way she should be in government service.

    April 2, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Tyler Durden

    Obama 2012, Hilary 2016. Please pull this nation back from the far right abyss of fascism the brainwashed vote for Keep the Government Out of My Medicare!

    April 2, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. carlsousa

    I wish Hillary would run for president right now. Out of all the candidates, I would vote for her and I'm a Republican.

    April 2, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    I cannot believe the comments from average intelligent folks that are in the bag for Obama, clinton and the rest of thier machine. Politics is cyclic, NO party retains control forever, no party does so well that they are unbeatable, no party is flawless.

    The GOP isn't going anywhere because in a stacked deck like CNN.

    I don't expect to hear anything but cheerleading for the Dems. It's y'alls place, and method to believe in the omnipotence of someone that is elected to remain somehow your shining knight when the evidence shows otherwise, and it tells me you are either too stupid to know how far in debt and going further under your party's leadership has been delivered to all of us. Go fill up on 4.50 and climbing gas and get back to us in your prius'...

    April 2, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. WDinDallas

    She would probably win the 2012 Democratic Primary if they had one.

    April 2, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. JK

    I am planning to skip this election after having voted Obama in the last. But if Hillary decides to run I will donate to her campaign and vote for her.

    April 2, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. dfeaster

    I doubt there could be a better choice.

    April 2, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. Palin Power

    Sarah Palin can easily PWN both Bubba and Hillary Clinton. She is a far superior politician and statesman. She will be our next and greatest President of all times.

    April 2, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Larry L


    "I don't beleve that Mr. Clinton is the arbiter of who will be president, afterall, we had him, and his debacle."
    Yeah right... We don't want any more great economy, booming markets or surplus in the budget! I really miss the Bush years of reckless spending, two wars, corruption with defense contractors, and all of it topped off with a crashed economy and deep recession! Those were the good times... We'll have them again with Romney in the White House!

    April 2, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. Alina1

    This woman looks so tired especially after put up with all of the Republican BS and their (never seen before) assault on President,over past four years. She wants nothing but cuddle with her pillow in the morning and having couple grand kids. She is done, she knows it, Bill knows it, everyone knows it.

    April 2, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. steve

    Hillary will be elected president in 2016. It will be fun to watch the train wrecked Republicans lose their minds.

    April 2, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. steve

    The GOP isn't going anywhere because in a stacked deck like CNN.
    The problem the Republicans face is that they don't have a viable program.

    April 2, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. nell ryan

    Larry L - You took the words right out of my mouth! Thanks for illuminating the facts.

    April 2, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. Andrew

    People take some responsibility and stop blaming the President or Past Presidents for your personal problems. If your in a hard place it wasn't because the President snapped his fingers and poof you lost your job, house, life, family, etc. Sometimes it's the individual whom made bad choices. Government creates laws. If your employer let you go.. it probably was either you were bad at your job or they could afford paying everyone .. business loose clients and work all the time it has no relation to the Presidents economic plan. Learn to read and educate yourself on reality.

    April 2, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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