Bill on Hillary: 'I don't know' if she's running
September 20th, 2013
07:58 PM ET
5 years ago

Bill on Hillary: 'I don't know' if she's running

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Some say total openness is the key to a healthy marriage. But it appears, for now at least, Hillary Clinton isn't telling her husband whether she has her eye on running for the White House in 2016.

"I don't know what she's going to do," Bill Clinton told CNN's Fareed Zakaria.

In an exclusive interview, the former president pleaded ignorance when asked if his wife and former Secretary of State would vie for the nation's highest office in 2016. Clinton told Zakaria that, while some people may know Hillary's intentions, he's "not one of the people who does."

The political hype machine has been stoking the proverbial speculation furnace over the former New York senator's presidential ambitions since before Barack Obama coasted to a re-election victory over Mitt Romney last year. Prominent Democrats in Congress have already called for Clinton to enter the race and vowed to support Hillary with both their votes and their checkbooks.

Still, Clinton emphasized that even if Hillary has made a decision one way or the other, there's plenty of time for her to change her mind.

"I think she would be the first to tell you that there is no such thing as a done deal, ever, by anybody," the former president said.

Despite a tension-filled exit from the State Department, highlighted by her contentious turn in January in front of the Senate Foreign Relations panel on the Benghazi fallout, Bill Clinton said his wife's tenure as the country's top diplomat underscored her strengths as a leader.

"People across the political spectrum finally got to see her the way those of us who know her see her," Bill Clinton said. "She shows up for work every day, gets stuff done and is very strong about it."

Fareed Zakaria's exclusive interview will air this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Bill is SUCH a liar! Of course she is running.......and we ALL know it.

    September 20, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    I am not sure why she would want to run, but we need her. Can you imagine what would be left of our great country with another republican president?

    September 20, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  3. Gurgyl


    September 20, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. Richard Long

    Very strategic job of keeping her in the news and not going into full campaign mode.
    Keeps her relevant, prevents media burn-out, keeps her away from character assaults from her tract record.
    But does Baron Clinton really expect us not to believe the Baroness Clinton will not run in 2016? But "what matter does it make...".
    Poor Biden... 2016 is around the corner, but the White House is a trillion miles away...

    September 20, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  5. boungiorno

    amazing doesn't know, usually people in control of their lives; know what their doing.

    September 20, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  6. Michael Benjamin

    Likely the only true statement slick Willie has made in recent memory.

    September 20, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  7. Othman dembwa

    Let her try

    September 20, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    Correction: I guess others find it fascinating.

    September 21, 2013 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  9. NameScott

    Can't wait to vote for Hillary

    September 21, 2013 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  10. Maripil

    Hilary will surely make a good President!! I hope she will run.

    September 21, 2013 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  11. Thomas

    Some say total openness is the key to a healthy marriage.

    I would say openness is not always something Bill likes to talk about i regards to marriage and trust.

    September 21, 2013 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  12. Fred

    Six trivia questions to see how much history you know. Be honest, it's
    kinda fun and revealing. If you don't know the answer make your best
    guess. Answer all the questions (no cheating) before looking at the
    Who said it?

    1) "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

    A. Karl Marx
    B. Adolph Hitler
    C. Joseph Stalin
    D. None of the above

    2) "It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the
    few, by the few, and for the few...... And to replace it with shared
    responsibility ,,,,,for shared prosperity."
    A. Lenin
    B. Mussolini
    C. Idi Amin
    D. None of the Above

    3) "(We) .....can't just let business as usual go on, and that means
    something has to be taken away from some people."
    A. Nikita Khrushev
    B. Josef Goebbels
    C. Boris Yeltsin
    D. None of the above

    4) "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to
    give up a little bit of their own ... in order to create this common
    A. Mao Tse Dung
    B. Hugo Chavez
    C. Kim Jong Il
    D. None of the above

    5) "I certainly think the free-market has failed."
    A. Karl Marx
    B. Lenin
    C. Molotov
    D. None of the above

    6) "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the
    most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being
    A. Pinochet
    B. Milosevic
    C. Saddam Hussein
    D. None of the above
    Scroll down for answers


    D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/29/2004

    September 21, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |

    The Guns Over People tea potty are shakin in their boots thinking about it.

    September 21, 2013 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  14. the hippies were right

    Go ahead Hillary haters, start your Fox "spews" talking points about the Benghazi 4, but don't be a hypocrite, make sure the you include the thousands and thousands that were killed in attacks while your wonderful GOP was running the show. Where's the hate for those "leaders"? Oh I get it.... those instructions never came from Fox & Rush. Instead of ranting about Hillary, why don't you spend a few minutes learning some facts. Google "Sean Hannity Lies" and remember videos don't lie!

    September 21, 2013 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  15. bassman

    Another day, another story about Hillary Clinton.

    September 21, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  16. don in albuquerque

    What is funny is all the morons who have donated money to the groups opposing Hillary for president. Wouldn't it be funny if now she indeed did not run? Do you think they would give that money back? I don't think so morons.

    September 21, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  17. MaryM

    Oh, you know, President Clinton, you know

    September 21, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  18. Name willard

    Keep dangers out of hillary clintion 20016 cause she was lied her story what about benghizinia Libya

    September 21, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Tom1940

    To believe that "Hillary" has no interest in running again, seems pretty incredible. Politics for the Clintons is like heroin or booze for an addict – "gotta have it". So yes! I do believe she will run again. I am wondering who the "B. Obama" will be in the Democrat Presidential Primary to "come out of the woodwork" and knock her out of the running again? There are many, in the Democrat Party, (I for one), who believes that she "has too much baggage" to be President. I don't believe there are 50 and 1/100ths percent of the voters who will put her in in 2016.

    September 21, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Hector Slagg

    I think Bill is telling the truth. He doesn't know if Hillary is running. Hillary may not know at this time.

    September 21, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. Catmandew

    Hiliary is 2 years from making a decision. But doesn't anybody else think we've got more pressing matters to worry about right now! People obviously are having doubts about Obama's leadership is why everyone is worrying about 2016 already it's still 3 years away!

    September 21, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Cephus

    Easy cheezy! Joe the crown wants it to appease the far left liberals Hillary wants it and rightfully deserves it but he is Christian there you have a silent war, with all the fires happening we need to know whats going on!!

    September 21, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Mikey B.

    You Hillary worshippers need to find yourself an honest Democrat to rally around and you just might find yourself getting more support from the right. Hillary Rotten Clinton is dishonest the core. It's a matter of record (go look it up) that her other half, Bill Clinton, once stated that whenever there's a need "Deny...deny...deny".

    September 21, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Name. ARMYCSM

    Go Hillary. Just the mentioning of your name scares the schitzu out of the

    HEADLINE: Remember when l told you that President Barack Obama will
    be re elected? Well l am telling you now that Hilliary Clinton
    will win the presidency if she ran. Benghazi is dead.

    September 21, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Getoverit

    The Guns Over People tea potty are shakin in their boots thinking about it.
    True. People do tend to shake when they are laughing hysterically.

    September 21, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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