(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton said he and his wife, Hillary Clinton, have many "personal friends" in the New York City mayoral race and added that he shouldn't talk about the contest.
His comments came in an interview with CNN in Kigali, Rwanda, where Clinton is on a six-stop trip in the continent with his daughter for their work with The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
"We are a hundred miles from that race and everyone understands that we are not going to be involved, as long as our personal friends and people who we feel obligations are involved," he told CNN's Nima Elbagir.
Clinton was responding to a question about candidate Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, and what advice the 42nd president might give them.
"Neither Hillary or I was ever involved in the political campaign, and they understood that from the beginning," he said. "There are too many people running for mayor who have been my supporters, who supported her for senator, her for president."
Following Weiner's latest revelation that he continued sexting after his 2011 resignation from Congress, the Clintons have been frequently mentioned given their close relationship with Abedin, as well as the former president's scandal in which he had an extramarital affair.
A source told CNN the Clintons were "livid" with Weiner over his latest admission and the attention it was drawing to his wife, who stood by his side last month as he publicly confirmed that he had exchanged lewd messages with about three women since leaving Congress.
Explaining why he didn't want to weigh in on the matter, he pointed to one of the Democratic candidates, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, and his role as Clinton's campaign manager in Hillary Clinton's first bid for the U.S. Senate in 2000.
"But there are literally five people in that race, including one of the Republican candidates Mr. (John) Catsimatidis, who are personal friends of ours," he said.
"So, the feelings I have are all personal and since they are, I shouldn't talk about them," he added.
- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.