September 25th, 2013
02:41 PM ET
12 months ago

Bill Clinton: Chelsea would be a better president 'over the long run'

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton thinks his wife would be a better president right now but in the long term, it's all about his daughter Chelsea.

Clinton was responding to a question from CNN's Piers Morgan about who would be the better President, Hillary or Chelsea.

"Day after tomorrow, my wife because she's had more experience. Over the long run, Chelsea. She knows more than we do about everything," Clinton said.

"I feel like I'm going to school every day when we have conversations."

The full interview will air tonight at 9 p.m. ET on CNN's "Piers Morgan Live."

Chelsea Clinton has taken up a place at the heart of her family's foundation and not unlike her mother's playbook, has declined to give a definitive answer about any future political aspirations while still feeding into continuing media speculation.

Chelsea Clinton still open to running for office

As for the elder Clintons, President Barack Obama's informal "secretary of explaining stuff" once again deflected on another White House run by Hillary Clinton, who has nevertheless taken significant steps towards a 2016 run.

When asked about Hillary Clinton's seeming abundance of energy and political ideas after stepping down as Secretary of State and if he could put America out of its misery waiting for an announcement, Clinton said: "No. But, it should scream to you something else: real life is a healthier existence than politics."


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Chelsea Clinton • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Brad

    Chelsea would make a better sandwich than Hilary any day of the week

    September 25, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Anon

    Has this Chelsea person done anything other than profit from the advantages of her family?

    Wikipedia doesn't seem to have much on her

    September 25, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Bee

    Given her Smarts ,Common Sense and Empathy ,I think Michelle Obama would be a far better choice over all others

    September 25, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. mark shiro

    the clintons just can not be embarrassed! they lie like nobody else (except the current president) and dare you to call them on it. vince foster! rose law firm in DC!!! whitewater! please, no more clintons....or rodhams. hillary's two brothers are corrupt too. look them up.

    September 25, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Rosie

    I am smileing right now as I see the beginning of Hillarys campaign and future congresswoman Chelsa! Its true Chelsa's understanding of politics& policies is more vast than Obama. I think its so perfect..its brillant way to define whats has prevaled in the current D.C. machine.

    September 25, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. YeahRight

    Chelsea has never worked a day in her life, and has been pampered since the day she was born. She has no idea what it is like to have to earn a living, and she has been protected form all of life's dangers by the secret service since daddy was elected.

    She'll make the perfect career politician.

    September 25, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. reasonablebe

    we listened to her in an interview- she is strikingly samrt and thoughtful. who knows.

    September 25, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. mcz

    Woman in California, how exactly does saying someone knows more than you imply that you think you know everything? It's the opposite. How would someone know more than someone who is all knowing anyways?
    I'm surprised you can even work a vote machine.

    September 25, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. DaveinIL

    I thought Clinton was referencing Obama rather than Hillary.

    September 25, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. bgg1175

    Incredible that we've sunk so low that electing a President is just a popularity contest or a social experiment.
    We have many brilliant people in our society but we choose people like Bush, Obama, and consider people like Hillary Clinton, Kerry, Palin, Romney, Edwards who are slobs who never did any work or anything that should qualify them for President.
    Maybe we should just elect Bieber and Cyrus.

    September 25, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. oracle

    Gotta love nepotism ...

    September 25, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. TomGI

    Bill would love Chelsea to stay in "Camelot" and be an insider. If you're not in you are out in the real world where results matter. Inside Camelot it's a royal or rock star lifestyle where perception and contacts matter. No work is required in Camelot.

    September 25, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. NYNJCT

    NO MORE PLEASE THE KENNEDY, BUSH AND CLINTON. USA IS NOT KINGDOM OF AMERICA. I don't think I vote for Hillary because I deeply disappointed with her the answers at the Hearing about lots of questions of Bengazi. I want to advice
    to CNN. Please don't be stuck on the Clinton's much.

    September 25, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Meki60

    wow, from a criminal to an airhead

    September 25, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. McRCN

    If Democrats did not like Hillary in 2008, why would they like her now?

    September 25, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Bob, Kansas City

    No more Clintons or Bushes....period.

    September 25, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. ImvotingforHillary

    I want Ted Cruz to win because after four years of this nut running the country the GOP will be effectively dead and we can finally get rid of them.

    September 25, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. Frank

    Chelsea is a real person. Realistically she would make a good president. Politically she would be a horrible one. I don't see her taking bribes to make decisions.

    September 25, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    He was asked which would be a better president between the two choices, hiliary or Chelsea. Just because he answered the question doesn't mean she is even going to run or anything. He was only given two choice and answered it to his ability between the two choices. It was a opinion question and isn't fact, he stated his opinion.

    September 25, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Larry

    Chelsea's CAT would be a better option than Hillary.

    September 25, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. TX JIM

    First shot across the bow has been fired.. Jenna Bush eat your heart out..

    September 25, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. Tom Jefferson

    Well in that case: Monica Lewinsky for President.

    September 25, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. Brian Smith

    Well yeah – for one thing Chelsea Clinton is 70 years younger than Hillary!

    September 25, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. sonotso

    You would think that we had enough of any particular family forming a political dynasty; however, I guess we have become so punch drunk that we will put up with anything.

    September 25, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. End The Party

    These folks really think they are our rulers. Time for the two parties to end.

    September 25, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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