Bill Clinton on Hillary's 2016 decision: 'I’m a bit player'
June 24th, 2014
10:03 AM ET
6 months ago

Bill Clinton on Hillary's 2016 decision: 'I’m a bit player'

Washington (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton is not known for being detached from big decisions. But when it comes to whether his wife will run for the White House in 2016, the former president said he would play a small role.

"Like I said, I'm a bit player," Bill Clinton told the Denver Post on Monday, "and whatever she wants to do is fine with me."

Hillary Clinton, who is in the middle of her nationwide book tour, is admittedly considering a run at the presidency and has said that she will likely announce her decision in 2015.

Bill Clinton, who successfully ran for president in 1992 and then reelection in 1996, is regularly asked about the prospect of moving back into the White House. Earlier this month he said, "I don’t think about it, but I’m for whatever Hillary wants."

Despite Bill Clinton saying he would be a non-factor in the decision, Hillary Clinton writes in her new memoir "Hard Choices” that she and her husband took a long walk and talked about the prospect of another presidential race.

"Recently, Bill and I took another of our long walks, this time with our three dogs, near our home," Clinton wrote in the book's final passage. "We both know I have a big decision in front of me."

She added, "But for this day, at least, I just wanted to stretch my legs and enjoy the spring. Everywhere around me there was new life. There have been too few quiet moments like this over the years. And I want to savor them. The time for another hard choice will come soon enough."

Bill Clinton has been critical of the length of presidential campaigning and regularly mentions that when he first ran for president, he didn't declare until 13 months before the general election.

Late in 2013, Bill Clinton told CNN Español Anchor Juan Carlos López that he didn't know whether Clinton would run in 2016, but did add that he thinks and Hillary Clinton believes that "the country should spend at least another year working very hard on the problems we have."

That said, Hillary Clinton's book tour has looked a lot like a campaign and she has been more open to answering questions about 2016. She has also weighed in on the prospect of moving back into the White House and what Bill Clinton would be called if she were to win in 2016.

"If that were to ever come to pass," Hillary Clinton told ABC about the title "First Mate, "that is a pretty good title."

The Clintons are in Colorado for their annual Clinton Global Initiative America conference and Bill Clinton sat down with the Denver newspaper after touring a touring a health center project aimed at helping homeless and vulnerable populations.

 


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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "or whether she's able to hold office and be Grandmother ... "

    Versus say Mitt Romney pulling out his 20 (and counting) grandchildren to prove he could do both? Yeah. I hear you.

    June 24, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Close the border dems ! Stop giving plane rides unless they are going south . Stop wasting millions on criminals ."

    Aaaaaand once again: Crossing the border or being here illegally is not a criminal offense; it's a civil matter.

    June 24, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    ""or whether she's able to hold office and be Grandmother ... "

    Versus say Mitt Romney pulling out his 20 (and counting) grandchildren to prove he could do both? Yeah. I hear you."

    Not to mention having to care for Rafalca the Magical Tax-Free Healing Horse.

    June 24, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Bob

    No doubt about him being a PLAYER for a long time but her was also a great President. Don't think Hillary has that magical quality but its seems like a lot of Americans have interest.

    June 24, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Once again Former President Bill Clinton shows us the suit makes the man !

    NICE SUIT DEFIANTLY ENGLISH.

    June 24, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. salty dog

    Chris, my God man, your kidding right, no offense, but were you into politics during the bush years, holy cow, I don't know of anything as hypocritical as that, and of course Cheney's last interview, just wow!

    June 24, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Sniffit says:
    June 24, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm
    “”or whether she’s able to hold office and be Grandmother … ”

    Versus say Mitt Romney pulling out his 20 (and counting) grandchildren to prove he could do both? Yeah. I hear you.”

    Not to mention having to care for Rafalca the Magical Tax-Free Healing Horse.

    ☺️☺️☺️ Ok you two!!!😃😃😃

    June 24, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. NameGoose

    Not another Clinton in the White House. They are nothing but crimInal's.

    June 24, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    @chris, are you talking about Darth cheney and the shrub#43 and their mission accomplished, liberators WMDs lies?
    Who died when Clinton, as you write lied? Certainly not over 5,000 Americans!
    BTW, is the KY civil rights not on my watch curly top have anything to say about today? Does he even know anything about civil rights? Never mind,we know he doesn't care.

    June 24, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Chris-E...al

    And by the way my friends heres a little heads up for you ? Natural gas prices and heating oil has nearly doubled just this year alone so you know ? Merry Xmas from your love ones the dem party .

    June 24, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Bill Clinton should be okay if he doesn't get carried away like he did in '08 and get put off the campaign trail.
    This is looking like a 2012 Deja-vu moment all over again in regards to the Republican retread lineup.
    The word pathetic doesn't quite begin to cut it.
    The party of LIncoln is in deep, DEEP doo-doo. Nothing but not-ready-for-cable wannabes and a bunch of folks that just don't get it.
    Hillary is looking like a shoe-in, and Bill is going to make a great First Dude with or without the accompanying Lewinskis.

    June 24, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. salty dog

    Let me help, stock market has more than doubled, we added 9 million jobs, honored the BUSH withdrawal agreement, got us out ( mostly ) of Afghanistan, and not sent our military into Ukraine, Syria, Iraq (again), Iran, Afghanistan. Oh yeah killed bin laden, arrested the man responsible for benghazi, I could go on, but these are all bad things Obama failures, you should understand how you sound from here, lmao

    June 24, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    BTW Bill may not survive Hillary's first term.
    He's not striking me as being in the best of health. Hope I'm wrong.
    Barring anything major, she'll be in for 8 years.

    June 24, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Why are the usual idiots, er, suspects concerned about HIllary's health and not MIttens or Reagan the Drooler?
    Or McCain's?
    Don't you people ever tire?
    Six years of your non-stop bull$# it is such a long time.

    June 24, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Really can't wait to see Kevin McCarthy,Thom Tillis,Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Karl Rove,Lindsey Graham,John McCain,Hayley Barbour,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea party's throats EXACTLY like they stuffed Romney down. Straight no chaser. Hillary will drink to that.

    June 24, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Despite Bill Clinton saying he would be a non-factor in the decision,
    ----------------------------------------------------–
    Always liked a man who recognizes and embraces the truth.
    You are indeed a non-factor in her decision Bill and will be whatever type of player she needs you to be.
    You owe her.
    You owe her BIG TIME.
    Glad you recognize it and are thus far acting accordingly.

    June 24, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. Silence DoGood

    Go Ms.Clinton! Keep the progressive wave moving forward.

    June 24, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    . Don't think Hillary has that magical quality but its seems like a lot of Americans have interest.
    -----------------------------------------------------
    I think what you're noticingis the stark and complete lack of interest that are Americans are demonstrating towards what the Dark Side, ie Rethuglikkklans, have to offer.
    The country is ready for a woman President, which as it stands means that the country is ready for HIllary.

    June 24, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Silence DoGood

    @salty dog
    Let me help, stock market has more than doubled, we added 9 million jobs, honored the BUSH withdrawal agreement, got us out ( mostly ) of Afghanistan, and not sent our military into Ukraine, Syria, Iraq (again), Iran, Afghanistan. Oh yeah killed bin laden, arrested the man responsible for benghazi, I could go on, but these are all bad things Obama failures, you should understand how you sound from here, lmao
    ------------
    And thanks for the ACA. A buddy of mine was just diagnosed with bad disease – he won't go broke because of insurance denial.

    Conservatives – hands on ears – "la la la la la la la la la la la la – can't hear any good"

    June 24, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. Lily

    OK Bill thats fine BUT tell your wife to keep her mouth shut. This time is all about selling books not for interviews or answering any questions from buyers, just only doing the signing. Thats the way Pres. Obama was very successful. The more she talks, the more those from the opposition side are ready to chew up her words and hence attack her. They are like dogs, lions and tigers waiting for a piece of meat thrown to them and make their feast day.

    June 24, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. Dallas

    It is time for a female to be POTUS and Hillary Clinton is that person. The clown car of tea bags is out of control and not a one is even remotely qualified to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. These people offer no solutions to America's problems – all they know how to do is ridicule and condem President Obama. What a waste of time and effort.

    June 24, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Conservatives – hands on ears – "la la la la la la la la la la la la – can't hear any good""

    Haha, indeed....see no good, hear no good, speak no good (and, ultimately DO no good)...fits right in with characterizing the whole GOP/Teatrolls cabal as nothing more than a gaggle of raging, crap-flinging monkeys.

    June 24, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Chris, Gas prices and heating oil nearly doubled because we had a really cold winter, affecting every sector of the economy. How is the weather the fault of any political party, unless you're a Rick Perry fan?

    June 24, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Dominican mama 4 Obama says:
    June 24, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm
    Why are the usual idiots, er, suspects concerned about HIllary’s health and not MIttens or Reagan the Drooler?
    Or McCain’s?
    Don’t you people ever tire?
    Six years of your non-stop bull$# it is such a long time.

    Now why would they get tired when it's working out so well for them? The MSM puts every single lie they say in big, bold letters and there's barely a mention when it's proven false. The MSM is all in for the GOP and they're not afraid to show it.

    Since Sept.12, 2012 all we've heard is Benghazi this, Benghazi that. Hell they talked more about Benghazi than they ever did about Sandy Hook. They even tried to downplay Sandy Hook and say President Obama made up the slaying of 20 innocents. But damn near everyday there were multiple stories about the 4 dead in war torn Libya and how President Obama and Hillary did nothing to stop it. Like Libya is an hours drive away from DC. They weren't even looking for the perpetrators, they were too busy trying to fault the POTUS and SOS. And now that one of the guys behind Benghazi has been caught, nary a peep. The reaction of the MSM and their owners the GOP is blah, blah, blah. Obama didn't say terrorist attack. Like that makes one bit of difference.

    The MSM is definitely in the pocket of the GOP.

    And what about the ACA?? It's Armegeddon blah, blah, blah, but now that it's working. Crickets.

    June 24, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Robert Camacho

    She will make an amazing President.

    I read many negative comments and I have only one question to ask you all this, HAVE YOU EVER RUN FOR OFFICE?

    If you have not, you do not know what is like as I have. If you don't like how they are running your city, state or country, run for office and you try to make a difference.

    I run for office and believe is not ease, but I have respect for those that do.

    Go Hillary 2016!!! WE ARE READY..

    June 24, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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