December 3rd, 2013
02:19 PM ET
9 months ago

Bill Clinton: Too early for 2016 campaign to start

(CNN) - Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife will run for the White House in 2016, but he does say that it's too early for the next presidential race to start.

Asked in an interview Tuesday with CNN Español Anchor/Senior Correspondent Juan Carlos López if he thinks Hillary Clinton will make another White House bid, the former President said "I don't know."

But Clinton emphasized that there should be no rush to jump into the next presidential campaign.

"I think, and she believes, that the country should spend at least another year working very hard on the problems we have," he continued. "We have very serious challenges in America, and we have responsibilities around the world. I think it's a big mistake, this constant four-year, peripatetic campaign is not good for America. We need to deal with the business we have before us."

While the next race for the White House doesn't really get into gear for another year, until after the 2014 midterm elections, some of the early moves are already underway, with some of the potential presidential contenders making visits to the early primary and caucus states. And speculation is rampant over whether Hillary Clinton will run again. All polling indicates that if she does launch a campaign, Clinton would instantly become the overwhelming frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.

Vice President Joe Biden, a two-time presidential candidate, is also mulling a bid for the White House. And a CNN/ORC International survey conducted two weeks ago indicated that if Clinton doesn't run, Biden would be the initial favorite to capture the Democratic nomination.

Asked by López about a potential Biden run, Bill Clinton said "if he runs and he's the nominee, I'll try to help him win. I think the world of him."

"I've known him for years and years and I have a very high opinion of him. I care a great deal about him and I think he's done a good job for the President and the country," added Clinton.


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  1. Thomas

    I just find Bill Clinton so phony .

    I will vote for Hillary , I hope she can stick a sock in his mouth because you know Bill is going to act like he still hold the office of the presidency . The vegan egotistical inner self will never stand in the shadow of the moth .

    December 3, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife will run for the White House in 2016, but he says it too early for the next presidential race to start.
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    But just in case she does decide to run, Bill's going to make sure that there is as much distance as possible between Hillay and the "You can keep your doctor..." talking point.

    December 3, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    Please, alert the media.

    December 3, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    This nation is going power crazy–three years left. I know Hillary the best, but we need to finish some important stuff.

    December 3, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    what...........no Benghazi comments from the righties????

    December 3, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. just saying

    hillary clinton came in second fiddle to an inexperienced clown thaqt had never run anything successfully in his life. and neither has hillary clinton run anything successful in her entire life. is this country that brain dead that it would put another inexperienced clown in the white house to make it a 16 year run of total leftist democrat disaster?

    not after the obamacare debacle.

    December 3, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. yolanda

    @Al-NYNY, no , just the predictable negativity from you. Nothing to attack, so you just stir the pot, eh?

    December 3, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. current state of the union

    Brain dead? Really, coming from the least educated, most hypocritical fool on here, your so right, eight years as first lady, Senator, and secretary of state, inexperienced, another here's your sign your the fool, and of course you are.

    December 3, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. CryBabies

    @al-NYNY....No, you can say the Administration "lied" only so many ways and so many times. Maybe we need to communicate in "sign language" What say you?

    December 3, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    just saying wrote:

    hillary clinton came in second fiddle to an inexperienced clown thaqt had never run anything successfully in his life. and neither has hillary clinton run anything successful in her entire life. is this country that brain dead that it would put another inexperienced clown in the white house to make it a 16 year run of total leftist democrat disaster?
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    For example, can you say CGI, Clinton Global Initiative? Didn't think so.

    What makes the right wing think that only requirement for a good politicians is that they must have a long business record on their resume? Because big business and the wealthy is the only thing that Republicans really represent. And, they have convinced the right masses that putting a rich guy in power is what is best for everyone, because from there he can make himself and his cronies even richer, ... which will lead to trickle down wealth, ... but only if you work hard for it.

    When the Republican Party celebrates its' annivesary early next year, go look up what it was that the founders of the party cited as the reasons for starting up in the first place. They cited the fact that there was no political party that represented the interests of the wealthy and served the business community. They have held the line to that purpose.

    Besides, you and the entire Republican Party sound angry. Who wants to put a mad man, or a woman, in charge, anyway? You'd have to be mad to want something like that. [ sarcasm has been detected ] <---– here's a hint.

    December 3, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. current state of the union

    Come on saying, what about benghazi? Your not giving up on that yet are you, ahhh, you can do it, inform the uninformed, save our country from the evil Democrats, always trying to help people, what's wrong with them? You may be the one to make the difference, you may be the only one who can talk sense into us dumb liberals, help us please, ..your a joke son, the not funny kind, the just sad kind

    December 3, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. freedom

    Bill Clinton has no respect for Hilary, and Hilary has no respect for herself – or anyone – proven in her "What difference does it make!" moment. All she wants is power, and all he wants is fame. Time to move on – especially after the democrat who's bringing the country down as we speak. And by the way, he's lying again about Obamacare – it's not working – and it's not going to work. Lies.

    December 3, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Donna

    OK, I'll ask for it.... Before ANYBODY votes for Hillary Clinton they should read her minute by minute recounting of what she did while those Americans were being attacked and murdered in Benghazi. The ambassador was her direct report. These people were denied the protection they begged for for months as threats on their lives were made and attacks carried out in the area by AQ mounted. And then when they were attacked, as AQ had threatened, nobody was sent to their aid. People were told to stand down, no military was sent. They simply went to retrieve their dead bodies.

    And to this day, Hillary Clinton has not disclosed ANYTHING about her actions before, during and after the attack. But she DID manage to lie to the families of the dead when she met them for the arrival of the bodies at Dover AF base.

    On way or another Hillary Clinton will have to come clean about Benghazi if she is ever to hold elected office again.

    December 3, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Stuffit

    Reading about the Detroit bankruptcy, and all of the problems in Illinois funding the pension programs reminds me of how corrupt unions and democrat liberals are.

    December 3, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. just saying

    Ol' Yella Belly
    Yeah, we Dems have a tendency to hold our politicians accountable, so you may be right, if he does something wrong or illegal, we will want him to answer for it.
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    bwahahahhahaha!!! yeah right!!!

    you can keep your healthcare plan, period.
    you can keep your doctor, period.
    you can keep your hospital, period.
    you costs will go down $2500 a year.
    4 dead americans in benghazi.
    irs targeting political opponents
    fast & furious illegal international gun running with dead amercians and mexicans
    targeting reporters,

    not one single person held accountable in any of these matters. well, at least until the 2014 elections roll around.

    December 3, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    New study just came out that shows the ACA is going to cost billions less than expected. Won't hear about that on CNN though...no no....as far as CNN is concerned, if it's not bad news or ranting criticism of Obama spewed by a GOPer/Teatroll, then it's not "news".

    December 3, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    yolanda

    @Al-NYNY, no , just the predictable negativity from you. Nothing to attack, so you just stir the pot, eh?
    ---–

    Donna

    OK, I'll ask for it.... Before ANYBODY votes for Hillary Clinton they should read her minute by minute recounting of what she did while those Americans were being attacked and murdered in Benghazi. The ambassador was her direct report. These people were denied the protection they begged for for months as threats on their lives were made and attacks carried out in the area by AQ mounted. And then when they were attacked, as AQ had threatened, nobody was sent to their aid. People were told to stand down, no military was sent. They simply went to retrieve their dead bodies.

    And to this day, Hillary Clinton has not disclosed ANYTHING about her actions before, during and after the attack. But she DID manage to lie to the families of the dead when she met them for the arrival of the bodies at Dover AF base.

    On way or another Hillary Clinton will have to come clean about Benghazi if she is ever to hold elected office again.
    -----

    you were saying Yolanda...................the lemmings are so predictable it's laughable

    December 3, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    -tom l

    @The Real TP,
    "Typical of the morally lazy Liberatarians who would not lift a finger to help others during Hurricane Sandy, but are screaming because they are asked to contribute to something that could help millions."

    I truly applaud your taking my "I don't care" quote completely out of context. The difference between you and I is that I don't feel the govt should compel me to give. I will give (and I do) if I want to give. I pay taxes. I contribute. But your thought process that paying higher taxes somehow equates to being a better citizen and/or patriot is shallow and lame. You do realize that conservatives contribute about twice as much as liberals do to charity? Do you know why that is? It's because of the mindset. A liberal feels the govt will take care of anything bad whereas a conservative does not rely on the govt. It's sad that you have such strong belief in the govt. Actually, it's more naïve than sad.
    *******************
    Ah, now we get to the real heart of the matter: what do you feel the government should compel people to do, and do why do you seperate your government from you? If, as you claim, you are nobly doing what you should do, then why do you change that mindset when the circumstances change? Do you really think that people want the government telling them what to do? If so, you should be posting a storm of criticism against conservatives on these boards, something you almost never do. A conservative relies on government just as much as aliberal, but they claim they do not. As for the charitable giving statement and how generous the Right supposedly is towards charity, I would ask this: do you really understand what freedom is? Its about obligations to the society, not about doing as you please. This includes taxes to maintain the schools and everything else. A conservative depends on those services just as much as a liberal does. AS to the charitable giving, do you think a conservative would give anything if they felt there was not a tax-write-off they could benefit from? Your reasoning is that of a child who believes in some innate superiority because of how they vote, not based upon your actions. Liberals give their time through their careers in education, the arts and things that make life worth living. Conservatives, because of their fixation on wealth, may have more income to give to charity, but they have less direct influence because they are not down there dealing with the problems face-to-face.Higher taxes do not equate to being a better citizen; making a meaningful conribution through something other than a check is more meaningful. Its unfortunate that you see to equate more money with greater virtue, but, that is what I expect from a Paulbot. Considering that the Right has spent an inordinate amount of time using government to control women's bodies, among other things, I can see that you are doing nothing more than carrying water for the Right. You're just disgusting in how shameless you are, and how you demagogue issues.

    December 3, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. Silence DoGood

    @just saying "4 dead americans in benghazi. not one single person held accountable in any of these matters"
    I know – why aren't the GOP folks who repeatedly voted down embassy security expenditures in jail now?

    December 3, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. tom l

    @Rudy,
    "Little tom has forgotten all about his admission when he first showed up around here, and realized that he was grossly underestimating the intelligence of who he was dealing with. It was then that he admitted to being a Libertarian, a Rand Paul supporter, and that he was "just a few years out of high school."

    ============

    Um, I will not call you a liar. But you are sorely mistaken. I was born in 1969, graduated high school in 1987, UC Irvine in 1992 (had to take the 5 year plan), worked in the financial industry for 10 years and now have been in marketing/advertising for almost 13 years. Why would you flat out make something up? Well, I guess that's nothing new for you. You do it all the time.

    You are right about one thing; I am not prepared for the intelligence. I cannot believe what economic ignoramuses I interact with here. It is scary. I like Rand Paul but certainly don't worship him (as those on the left are apt to worship their politicians for some reason). He is a human being and I recognize that I don't agree with everything he says. I voted for Ron Paul in the primary election. That is so infuriating that you would make up something like that Rudy. Shame on you. Just disgusting.

    December 3, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    -tom l

    @Rudy,
    "Little tom has forgotten all about his admission when he first showed up around here, and realized that he was grossly underestimating the intelligence of who he was dealing with. It was then that he admitted to being a Libertarian, a Rand Paul supporter, and that he was "just a few years out of high school."

    ============

    Um, I will not call you a liar. But you are sorely mistaken. I was born in 1969, graduated high school in 1987, UC Irvine in 1992 (had to take the 5 year plan), worked in the financial industry for 10 years and now have been in marketing/advertising for almost 13 years. Why would you flat out make something up? Well, I guess that's nothing new for you. You do it all the time.

    You are right about one thing; I am not prepared for the intelligence. I cannot believe what economic ignoramuses I interact with here. It is scary. I like Rand Paul but certainly don't worship him (as those on the left are apt to worship their politicians for some reason). He is a human being and I recognize that I don't agree with everything he says. I voted for Ron Paul in the primary election. That is so infuriating that you would make up something like that Rudy. Shame on you. Just disgusting.
    ******************
    Any more infuriating than the gross generalizations you make on a daily basis? Please. You cherry-pick your facts to construct whatever argument you want to make, and you do it with abandon. As far the worship is concerned, you seem to forget Reagan and the deity status the Right confers on him. Once again, showing your complete bias and inability to be as objective as you claim. Another disgusting fail.

    December 3, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  22. just saying

    Silence DoGood
    @just saying "4 dead americans in benghazi. not one single person held accountable in any of these matters"
    I know – why aren't the GOP folks who repeatedly voted down embassy security expenditures in jail now?
    -–

    more lies easily proven to be lies..... lies are all the lefties havve these days!

    Oct. 10, 2012 hearing:

    QUESTION: It has been suggested that budget cuts were responsible for a lack of security in Benghazi. And I'd like to ask Ms. Lamb, you made this decision personally. Was there any budget consideration and lack of budget which led you not to increase the number of people in the security force there?
    DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE CHARLENE LAMB: No, sir.
    ***
    QUESTION: So there's not a budget problem. It's not you all don't have the money to do this?
    LAMB: Sir, it's a volatile situation. We will move assets to cover that.

    December 3, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    you can keep your healthcare plan, period.
    you can keep your doctor, period.
    you can keep your hospital, period.
    you costs will go down $2500 a year.
    4 dead americans in benghazi.
    irs targeting political opponents
    fast & furious illegal international gun running with dead amercians and mexicans
    targeting reporters, .... .... ....
    -------------------------
    If you want your party, you can keep it. The rest of us moved on a long time ago. We have the George W. Bush years to thank, not blame, for the enlightenment. We have the Tea Party to thank for continuing the enlightenment, by showing us just how quickly a party can race to the bottom, for the sole purpose of winning at any cost in the name of gaining power. We have Mitch McConnel to thank for revealing the number goal was to "make Pres. Obama a one term president."

    We have the 2010 elections, what i call "The Great Sucker Punch", to thank for allowing Republicans to demonstrate just how little they regard campaign promises of "jobs, jobs, jobs", and how desparately the right wing seeks to implement "radical right wing social engineering", as Newt Gingrich called it. We have the Pennsylvania Republican Party to thank for showing us that "getting Voter ID done will help Mitt Romney win the state." Guess what? It didn't.

    December 3, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    @tom l,

    I love how you act that though 10 years in the financial industry somehow prepares you for an understanding of how the economy works: all that tells me is that you have no current knowlege of market conditions. Marketing and advertising might give you some insights on IT, but not the economy as a whole. I've spent the last 6 years in the test equipment and instrumentation field, earning industry certifications that make me an expert on industrial plant maintenance. Prior to that I worked in telecom sales and marketing for 17 years. I see more examples of manufacturing, research and development of products in a day than you do in a decade. I hold 2 degrees from the University of Rochester and SUNY Brockport in in History, and I have taught as an adjunct instructor for 10 years. I also work as a Boy Scout merit badge counselor, and am looking forward to seeing my son get his Eagle at the age of 15. Frankly, in terms of practical experience and knowlege, you ought to be coming to me. And I did that without the goverment's help, unlike what you seem to think every liberal does. I've never taken unemployment, even after I got laid off a few years ago. Your unwillingness to look at the world through anything other than the lens of your narrow experience sets you up as an object of ridicule.

    December 3, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. tom l

    @The Real TP,

    "If so, you should be posting a storm of criticism against conservatives on these boards, something you almost never do. A conservative relies on government just as much as aliberal, but they claim they do not. "

    - I actually semi-agree with you on this statement. Conservatives and liberals both need the govt. Where we part ways is how much govt. I constantly criticize repubs and do not agree with their stance on gay marriage, abortion, foreign follies and their spending. That's why I'm not a repub. They say that they don't want to control you but they most certainly do. They also claim to be fiscally conservative but they're not. They spend too much of our money. You should know that being the morally bankrupt person that I am I wouldn't want the govt to intrude whatsoever and that would include things like abortion, drugs being legalized, gay marriage, etc. and you might have missed my criticisms of repubs when they do things like that but to be honest it's not on the top of my list for priorities. It is completely contrary to what you have acknowledged is my viewpoints.

    "Liberals give their time through their careers in education, the arts and things that make life worth living. Conservatives, because of their fixation on wealth"

    - Amazing how arrogant you are. And even more amazing how fixated you are on wealth and what other people have in terms of wealth. I don't care about that. I don't focus all of my time and energy on what someone else has. The system is rigged now against all of us of average means. That's what the lobbyists have done but clearly you don't even understand that. This is why I support a flat tax. I don't want the govt picking winners and losers which is what they do now through our crazy tax system today.

    "may have more income to give to charity, but they have less direct influence because they are not down there dealing with the problems face-to-face.Higher taxes do not equate to being a better citizen; making a meaningful conribution through something other than a check is more meaningful."

    - incredible. Just incredible. You do realize a few things: democrats control just as much wealth as dems do (countless examples can be given but just do the research) and, most importantly, our revenues to the govt are higher than they ever were.

    I'm sorry dude, I just believe the bigger the govt, the smaller the individual.

    "do you really understand what freedom is? Its about obligations to the society, not about doing as you please"

    –Actually, I have never seen that definition of "freedom" before. What you did, and I hate to say this, is you have just described in a small way what socialism is: "obligations to the society". It's cool. We just have different viewpoints. The difference is that I don't think I'm better than you, nor anyone else, for having my viewpoints. I just disagree. You think you are better and morally superior to me and I have news for you....you're not.

    December 3, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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