Bill Clinton’s warning about 2016
May 7th, 2013
02:55 PM ET
1 year ago

Bill Clinton’s warning about 2016

Washington (CNN) - Bill Clinton offered no hints towards his wife’s speculated 2016 presidential run on Tuesday at the Pete Peterson Foundation annual fiscal summit laughing, “Hillary hasn’t mentioned it to me.”

Instead, the former president gave color to Hillary’s post-political life. He noted that the former first lady was enjoying her time writing books and taking an active role in their foundation, the William J. Clinton Foundation.

But while president Clinton joked about his wife finally “having a little fun as a private citizen,” he also gave a warning about the attention already being given to his wife’s political future and the 2016 election calling it, “the worst expenditure of our time,” and a grim example of “our national tendency to attention deficit disorder when it comes to politics.”

Clinton suggested that the focus be shifted towards solving the nation’s current budget problems. "It's frustrating when I think we're majoring in the minors either over the budget debate or going right back to politics as soon as the last election's over, instead of getting into the grimy details where the future of America will be written."

In doing so, he advised President Obama to continue to reach out to Republicans in light of recent changes to once-powerful legislative negotiation tools, such as the banning of earmarks.

“You just have to keep trying to work on it because the truth is in the current climate, it’s not possible to make the kind of individual agreements.” He added, “The White House can’t give things out the way they used to.”


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz aka Take Back The House

    No earmarks, but the FAA can get special treatment to avoid cuts. Sounds like an earmark to me.

    May 7, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. ST

    Sorry to use this language, but GOP you are stupid individuals. You are going after Hillary on Benghazi and you think you can pull her down??? Hillary will be elected by minorities and women who want to make history for the first time ever. Here is my question: What have you done so far to minorities so that they can't think of casting their votes to Hillary anymore! Totally nothing. In your way of thinking, do you think even a crazy Tea Party like Ted Cruz, can compete with Hillary? I would ask you to sit down again and gather another thought, of how to win.

    May 7, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. GUESSED

    Madam president.

    May 7, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. GUESSED

    Its game over for gop, and about time, ignore iraq, ignore afghanastan, but rehash and regurgitate benghazi till your blue in the face, we dont like what happened, but trying to lay 100% on hillary will get you bubkis

    May 7, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. kevin

    if Americans still want their rights, freedoms and liberties the only option is Paul. Crux or Paul/Lee 2016

    May 7, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. kevin

    Paul/Cruz or Paul/ Lee 2016

    May 7, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Larry in Houston

    well, CNN – this is a good article – AND Bill is right – this country has some major problems – namely the debt – and talking "Hillary" at this juncture – isn't going to cut it – but I honestly believe CNN is partly to blame here, as far as constantly promoting Hillary. And take a look at Obama – This potus has reached out to the opposite party – more than any other potus – and I've kept up with politics ever since kennedy was assassinated – in 1963 – Bottom line is : there has been No Other Republican Prez that has Ever reached out like Obama has.

    May 7, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. GUESSED

    Crying about four americans while ignoring 4500 dying for profits should be embarassing, but they will try anything to discredit her, i hope she wins, and the house goes dem. serve them right, they dont represent 90% of the people, yet, here they are, gerrymandering anyone?

    May 7, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Lynn

    Ya'll better listen to Bill. Its a warning of things to come. A great leader chooses his battles wisely and fights the the battle that has the best chance to win.

    May 7, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Evelyn Connaway

    Yes, Madam President and more women to run the HOUSE! Send the men in the HOUSE back home to plow the fields and raise more food to feed our people. They have haven't done any good running the HOUSE in the last 40 years. Women are better at taking care of the people in the HOUSE. Women always were the real head of the household and it will work the same way in the congressional HOUSE!

    May 7, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Name willard

    Found Guilty in obama and clinton ballot pettion fraud
    According to test from two former board of election offical who pled Guilty morgan order democration offical and worker to fake the name and signature that obama and hillary clinton neeDed to quilty for the presdient race
    We are blived that hillary and obama are keep lied what happened about benzhina LYBIA
    If they will be gulity for 4 amercian at benzhina. L y b I a
    So both obama and clinton hillary would go to prison for murder 4 amercian at benzhina LYBIA
    Why bill clinton was affair other woman ????????????????????

    May 7, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. Jules

    Wait, you mean Fox News is wrong and President Obama is not going to be president for life????

    May 7, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Damian McCue

    To ST:

    You're right! How dare those GOP bums go after Hillary. I mean, so what if she did nothing when the Embassy had been asking them to send more security for months. Why should she suffer simply because she called off sending help after the attack was reported to them? She had no choice but to lie about the cause of the attack afterwards. What's the big deal anyway? It's not like the Ambassador and three other Americans were killed partly because of her actions. Oh wait...

    May 7, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Jules

    Kevin, I hate to break it to you, but you should be seeking help if you think either one of your choices will ever be elected. They are less electable than Romney was.

    May 7, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Old white conservative strait male

    "there has been No Other Republican Prez that has Ever reached out like Obama has."

    Here's What I want, now sign it.

    May 7, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Magnatron

    If Bill Clinton says it, its a lie. Clinton's credibility is ZERO among the better-informed. To find out about his moral limitations, search for "the Clinton Chronicles."

    May 7, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Steve

    "Sorry to use this language, but GOP you are stupid individuals. You are going after Hillary on Benghazi and you think you can pull her down??? Hillary will be elected by minorities and women who want to make history for the first time ever."

    Right. Until MSNBC and Code Pink finds another black male who's as far left as they are. Then of course, you'll sell poor Hill out again.

    You guys think people have amnesia? The real "war on women" existed in 2008. First when Democrats ate their own with Hillary and second with Sarah Palin. And while I am sure to catch ire for this, I admire Palin more because unlike Hillary, she didn't have to be married to a cheating president husband for the purposes of clutching on to his coattails to make a name for herself politically.

    In any case, liberals cannot be trusted, especially by the Clintons who may have forgiven, but certainly have not forgotten.

    May 7, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. Thomas

    @kevin
    Paul/Cruz or Paul/ Lee 2016

    ====
    Why not ,
    Perry / DeMint
    Cruz / Bachmann
    Issi / Gohmert
    Rubio / Ayotte
    Paul / Haley

    My Favorite would be a Chuck Norris / Ted Nugent 2016

    May 7, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. William

    Based upon the partisan comments, no one is actually looking at what President Clinton has said. You have to work with people, no matter how tired you are of them and you can continue giving things out! Why can't President Obama understand that? Maybe he does and doesn't care.

    May 7, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Dean

    Hell Bill will be her V.P.

    May 7, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. The REAL Truth...

    @Old white conservative strait male – "there has been No Other Republican Prez that has Ever reached out like Obama has." Here's What I want, now sign it.
    -------------------–
    Perhaps you forgot about John "I got 98% of what I wanted in the sequestration talks" Boehner and Mitch "Our goal is to make Obama a one-term President" McConnell's approach to government. Given that the Repugs caused this mess in the first place... try turning off Fux news and educating yourself.

    May 7, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Jason Harris

    Hillary will never become president because of Bengazi! If a Republican were to do the same thing CNN WOULD BE GOING CRAZY WITH THIS STORY. Where is the coverage CNN? Just goes to show you why this network is dead last!

    May 7, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. The REAL Truth...

    @Steve – You guys think people have amnesia? The real "war on women" existed in 2008.
    -------------------------
    Absolutely people have amnesia. They could care less what happened last month, never mind 2008, or 2000/2004.
    They have forgotten that the SCOTUS elected a GOP President, not the people in 2000.
    They don't even know that Bush more than DOUBLED the Nat'l Debt in 8 short yrs, and took a budget SURPLUS to a HUGE deficit ($1.47 TRILLION) in the same time frame.
    They have forgotten that he started TWO UNFUNDED wars (costing the Obama administration more than $3 TRILLION) under false pretenses and lied to Congress and the American People.
    They have forgotten that he gave the pharmaceuticals a big fat bonus with Medicare Part-D – unfunded again.
    They have forgotten that he and his VP cannot leave the US as they are wanted for "Crimes against humanity" in more than 75 countries.

    And your problem with Hilary was what again???

    May 7, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Aurora Chuck

    Hilary's DONE! The Bengahzi scandall will take down Hilary and Obama! This is worse then Watergate, where nobody died I might remind everybody. Funny, how the mainstream lame media took down Nixon, tried to take down Reagan and Bush but will not cover this obvious blatant coverup by his majesty "Obama". He's an empty suit and not a leader!

    May 7, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. FrogJuice

    It's simple folks.... Your lib God Oblameo, and Clinton LYED and FOUR American's DIED!! The End!

    May 7, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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