Buffett hopes for a Clinton White House in 2016
November 14th, 2012
04:11 PM ET
1 year ago

Buffett hopes for a Clinton White House in 2016

(CNN) – Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said he hopes Hillary Clinton will become the first female president of the United States in 2016.

"I don't see how you could have anybody better qualified," Buffett told CNN's Poppy Harlow in an exclusive interview Wednesday about the current Secretary of State and 2008 White House hopeful.

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"I like what she believes in," said Buffett. "I think she's extraordinarily able and energetic for that matter in pushing those beliefs."

Buffett not worried about fiscal cliff

Buffett, a Democrat and the namesake for the bill known as the "Buffett Rule" that would require people earning $1 million a year or more to pay at least 30% in taxes, supported both President Barack Obama and Clinton as presidential candidates in four years ago. He held fund-raisers and donated money to each of the candidates' campaigns.

The bill, which failed to pass the Senate in April, was intended to prevent the wealthy from paying a lower actual tax rate than most middle class workers, a proposal Buffett, Obama and a number of Democrats have endorsed.

Clinton is finishing her term in the Obama administration and has said she will not run for the president in the next election insisting she is finished with politics for good.

–CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


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soundoff (244 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    People love this dude. I love too.

    November 14, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Mike H.

    Go Hillary Go.
    Bill as a Vice President.

    November 14, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    its time for the country to come together!

    November 14, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. it must be said

    even after she got 4 americans killed in benghazi? sorry, she's toast.

    November 14, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. ugh

    I'd be all for a Clinton 2016 ticket.

    But:
    how many times must the woman say she does not want to run before this ceases to be news material?????
    I mean move on already! Furthermore, why are we discussing 2016 BEFORE OBAMA STARTS HIS SECOND TERM?

    November 14, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Larry in Houston

    I've been saying this for over a yr.
    why do you people think Bill kept on the campaign trail ?

    She should have been in Office, instead of Obama – I'm not taking anything away from Obama, but to be perfectly honest, she had waaay more experience.

    If this country ever ( and I mean Ever) gets a Woman Elected, as President of this great country, Hillary has the experience, and the clout, and everything else to go with it.

    November 14, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. just sayin

    why isn't buffet leaving all his money to the federal government? why is he avoiding paying taxes by donating all his money? typical democrat, wants others to pay while he skates off scot free.

    November 14, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    It's hers if she wants it. P.S.-why did George W. get a free pass when 3,000 Americans died on AMERICAN soil in 2001 ? If Al Gore had been Prez, Fox News would have gone Nuclear . Better still, we would have had a better chance of preventing 9-11-01 than the "My Pet Goat" Leader.

    November 14, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. Energizer Bunny

    It isn't going to matter who the Democrats nominate, whoever it is will become the next presiddent. Until Republicans get their act together and find a kinder-gentler platform, there won't be a Republican candidate alive who can squash the anger welled up in Republican hearts against their neighbors. Especially not if the Republican party continues to allow sour grapes McCain be their torch bearer for the next 4 years.

    November 14, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Kenny K

    @it must be said

    even after she got 4 americans killed in benghazi? sorry, she's toast.
    _______________
    President Bush got a lot of people killed, and he was re-elected.:)

    November 14, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. GMC123

    Depends on what she knows about Benghazi.

    November 14, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Matt

    Ironic that Buffet thinks people like him should pay more, but he wants to do it through tax hikes rather than voluntarily GIVING the money to the government. Typical liberal thinking: use the government as a means to force others to do what they think should be done.

    November 14, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Larry in Houston

    I've been saying this for over a yr.

    Why do you people think Bill kept on the campaign trail ?

    She should have been in Office, instead of Obama – I'm not taking anything away from Obama, but to be perfectly honest, she had waaay more experience.

    If this country ever ( and I mean Ever) gets a Woman Elected, as President of this great country, Hillary has the experience, and the clout, and everything else to go with it.

    November 14, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Martin

    This is the timeframe in which endorsements matter, not 3 days before the election like the newspapers that were trying to endorse Romney 10 days ago.

    Well said, Mr Buffett !

    November 14, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. MsBree

    I want to reserve my opinion until the facts come out on Benghazi.

    November 14, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Kevin

    So Hillary can play the role of John McCain and Rubio the role of Obama. Young vs Old. We know how that one always turns out.

    November 14, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Romney is NOT My Hero

    Mrs. Clinton could run against Huntsman, if the GOP will wake up and stop being stupid. OR they could run together (PLEASE come away from the nuts in the GOP Huntsman) – now that would be good.

    November 14, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. v_mag

    just sayin: "why isn't buffet leaving all his money to the federal government? why is he avoiding paying taxes by donating all his money? typical democrat, wants others to pay while he skates off scot free."
    -–
    I think if you'll check, instead of just flapping your gums, you'll find that Buffett has been calling for higher taxes on himself and other 1%ers for a long time. Doesn't sound much like he's depending on others to pay his way, does it?

    Now, your Romneys, Waltons, and Kochs won't be asking to have their taxes raised. That's because they are tight-wad Republicans. Personally, I think they should be taxed back to the Stone Age.

    November 14, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. mb2010a

    Hilary will run in 2016 and again in 2020 for her second term. She says she is not interested, but we all know better. And then her daughter, Chelsea will be elected in 2024 and 2028...

    November 14, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. pcalif

    Listen! Hillary Clinton knows that in 2016 she will be 70 years old and she absolutely has no intention of running for anything at the age of 70. Give it up folks. If you want to support someone with your zillions Mr. Buffett, start looking elsewhere (Democrats, of course).

    November 14, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. Randy, San Francisco

    Hillary Clinton for president in 2016! Where do I get a big campaign sign for my front yard lawn?

    November 14, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. Jack Kieser

    I love how people are saying that the attack on the Libyan Embassy is sufficient reason to block Rice and Clinton, much less Obama from any participation in politics... yet these same people never said a word about 9/11 disqualifying Bush or anyone in HIS administration from being politicians. What hypocrisy.

    November 14, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Craig Adams MD

    Hillary in 2016– YES- I support her all the way– We'd be lucky to get her! Best Scy of State since the Adams/Jefferson trips to France and England!!!!

    November 14, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. just sayin

    v_mag
    just sayin: "why isn't buffet leaving all his money to the federal government? why is he avoiding paying taxes by donating all his money? typical democrat, wants others to pay while he skates off scot free."
    -–
    I think if you'll check, instead of just flapping your gums, you'll find that Buffett has been calling for higher taxes on himself and other 1%ers for a long time.
    ===

    while all the time paying far lower tax rates and then donating all his low taxed money to avoid paying taxes. his company has also fought paying back taxes. buffet is one of the biggest tax cheats on the planet. he's sucking up to obama to get his irs cases favorable treatment.

    November 14, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. tired of the negativity

    in response to: " it must be said" and how many americans were killed on Bush's clock? in Iraq and Afgahnatstan?
    No one person can protect all. Even as a parent, we can't always protect our children, no matter good intended we are.

    November 14, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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