July 8th, 2014
04:01 PM ET
5 months ago

Clinton weighs in on American political dynasties

(CNN) - The Clintons and the Bushes aren't the only families with an extended presence in American presidential politics.

That's a piece of history Hillary Clinton was sure to note in an interview published Tuesday in Germany's Der Spiegel when asked if America will turn into a monarchy if she or Jeb Bush were to win the presidency in 2016 (should either decide to run).

"We had two Roosevelts. We had two Adams," Clinton said, adding "It may be that certain families just have a sense of commitment or even a predisposition to want to be in politics."

"I ran for president, as you remember. I lost to somebody named Barack Obama, so I don't think there is any guarantee in American politics. My last name did not help me in the end," she said. "Our system is open to everyone. It is not a monarchy in which I wake up in the morning and abdicate in favor of my son."

If Bush ran and won in 2016, he would be the third Bush in the White House over the past three decades. And if Clinton ran and won the next election, she would be the second President Clinton in the White House in the past two decades, after her husband.

Sarah Palin applauds Clinton's 'boldness' in memoir

As Clinton weighs whether to launch a campaign for the White House in 2016, her name recognition - as former first lady, as well as secretary of state and senator - has been a double-edged sword.

Her global popularity helped during her time as America's top diplomat and will undoubtedly spur book sales as she continues the European leg of her book tour for "Hard Choices." But being such a longtime figure in U.S. politics might also prove to be a negative if she runs for president as Americans' trust in Washington falters.

Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, is also considering a run for the White House. Should he run, he has the support of his family - including his father, Bush 41, and his brother, Bush 43 - but his mother, Barbara Bush, has expressed reservations about having another Bush in the White House.

She said in an interview earlier this year "I think this is a great American country, and if we can't find more than two or three families to run for high office, that's silly."

Bush has joked about his mother's comments, but also discussed how his family name may hurt him as much as help him if he decides to run for the White House in 2016.

And a majority of Americans agree with Mrs. Bush. Sixty-nine percent of people questioned in a NBC News/WSJ poll conducted in April said there should be more diversity in families in the White House.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2016 • Barbara Bush • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. ImpeccableVision

    Pls. Remember! "You Get What You Asked For"

    July 8, 2014 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  2. Joseph

    Your 15 minutes are up. Please go back to shave your back. It is obvious you are seeking attention. Yawn.

    July 9, 2014 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  3. Thom

    Sarah who ??? The one who doesn't read anything to know what is REALLY going on ? Does she not know Obama's hands are tied because of the Bush law and the GOP congress.......he can only do so much on his own.....and quite frankly, everyone I know is REALLY getting tired of this GOP congress.......wouldn't be surprised if a lot of them, esp tea party geeks all go home after next election.

    July 9, 2014 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  4. Sha

    I believe time has come to press Control Alt and Delete and erase the political canvas in The country and bar all the political hacks, ex governors,...........and start fresh with some new blood with straight forward ideas which will serve America and Americans.
    FGS, she was an embarrassment when she was a governor and VP candidate. She should just go home and take care of her family.

    July 9, 2014 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  5. Jack

    Smitty: I think you'd better take a closer look at who pushed the existing border/immigration laws: It wasn't President Obama or Clinton.

    July 9, 2014 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  6. Suzan Starr

    The borders of Texas are in a humanitarian crisis. How many other crisis of immigrants have we witnessed happening around the globe and the bordering countries help them, and I might add, countries with less wealth than us. Where are our humanitarian, God given compassion for human beings? These children come from oppressive conditions where gang warfare and crime is out of control. They come to our country for help and the hope for a brighter future. This is how our country was founded. And now, you want to close the door with your political rhetoric and closed off and cold hearts. Shame!!! Sarah Palin, go away. And Hillary, I use to be one of your fans. But, because of your stance on this issue, I am no more. Mr. Obama is a humanitarian. But, I do agree he should visit the area. We all should do all that we can to help these people. We are one planet and one planet with human beings. Love and compassion are the only elements that will bring peace to this world. Violence and neglect brings more wars and poverty and crime. I wish all of you peace and to open up your hearts to these people in need. Be grateful you were born in this country. Now it is time to give back. Peace, love and blessings and Namaste.

    July 9, 2014 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  7. rick

    A so called "dynasty" is just another description of a MONACHARY. Total control by the very few.. And no voice of the avarage person unless hads over money to keep the few in power. The more hillary opens her mouth.. The more people who with any memory sees how truly in the elite and control freak catagory she realy is in. Presedent Obama was elected to PREVENT her from the office. And by her own words. Shows disrespect to her own boss in public. And no. Not by ANY streach of imagination is she near the actual people mentioned.. Wishfull.. Un in touch.. Blabberings.. Just like the book thats NOT selling millions to fund her plans for presidency. Sitting on shelves ignored.. Soon to be in dollar get rid of bins. Then sent back for a refund to publisher..

    July 9, 2014 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  8. rick

    Funny.. Hilary is constantly blabbering about things. But totaly silent when asked about things that SHE was directly responsable for in her official job. Seems almost like a magician.. Bumps head and cant remember important things.. And avoids the hard answers till heat is off her.. Then pop.. Back up and blabbing about nonsence.. Selictive memory is not a excuse in a court of law.. And purgery is a jailable offence.. Unless you are in the ?dynasty? Class apparently.

    July 9, 2014 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  9. YoonYoungJo

    This idea that American politics are a monarchy is absurd to even consider. American politics are a revolving door and at anytime any Senator or Congressman can be booted out of office. This is why American Politics can never truly be corrupt. The countries that truly possess massive amounts of corruption are countries that have leadership that can rarely ever be deposed. This in ten leads to corruption because they know that they can basically conduct themselves however they want without consequences or fear of losing their public office. Seriously does a King that knows, no matter what he does, he will still be in power tommorrow care what peasants have to say?

    July 9, 2014 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  10. Michael MN

    Gee I was hoping we could hear what the Kardashians think also – Ya know so I can make a informed decision

    July 9, 2014 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  11. Michael MN

    She is good at one thing – Getting the mindless sheep to part with there money

    July 9, 2014 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  12. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Really can't wait to see Thad Cochran,Kevin McCarthy,Thom Tillis,Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Karl Rove,Lindsey Graham,John McCain,Susan Collins,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!

    July 9, 2014 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  13. sailor12

    This trick has been fooling republicans for years. She talks alot but couldn't get voted in as a dog catcher. Only those with no vote listen to her. Not even her own party thinks she has a clue. She should be a porno actor not star actor.

    July 9, 2014 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  14. panola

    IMMIGRANTS from all over the world leave their country due to the corruption and the lack of the rule of law, only to come to here and find Obama's corruption and the lack of the rule of law,

    OBAMA, who is the Chief Enforcement Officer, must enforce ALL laws, as currently written, whether he likes them or not or what he thinks they should be. All Law Enforcement Officers from cops, judges, District Attorney's, Attorney General, AND ICE, must also follow every law, again, as currently written. Those who refuse to follow the RULE OF LAW need to be removed... PERIOD!

    Obama's June 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (which also gave certain illegal immigrants the ability to obtain a work permit, get a Social Security number, and apply for a driver’s license) is the magnet attracting these teens to risk their lives at the hands of human traffickers which Obama could change with a signature from his mighty pen,

    July 9, 2014 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  15. Herewegoagain

    Someone needs to remind this ditty that her 15 minutes of fame ended years ago.

    July 9, 2014 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  16. rla

    We need to get back to electing people who have the ability to be president (MITT ROMNEY) vs personalities??? But what can you expect from media, TV and free stuff make up life for the voting population that shoots for the free stuff as their target in life

    July 9, 2014 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  17. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Oh and btw Chris, I can bait a hook, I used to fish when I was younger. I also can and have shot several guns before. (Though I'm not a fan of them) I also have a drivers license and drive very well. Does that qualify me to be POTUS or just Caribou Barbie? You're really setting the bar low but what could one expect from that wonderful Alabama educational system. ☺️☺️

    July 9, 2014 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  18. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    rla says:
    July 9, 2014 07:54 am at 7:54 am
    We need to get back to electing people who have the ability to be president (MITT ROMNEY) vs personalities??? But what can you expect from media, TV and free stuff make up life for the voting population that shoots for the free stuff as their target in life

    Keep talking about free stuff that's just how Mitt lost. Is that why the poorest states receiving the most federal dollars are mostly Mitt supporters? Seems to me the beggars vote GOP.

    July 9, 2014 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  19. Jan Nappylotto

    One's last name does NOT qualify you as Presidential material.
    Hillary is so arrogant to assume that she his heir-apparent to the Presidency. She has no credentials and is just relying on her surname, Clinton.

    Say YES to Democracy. Demand NO for Dynasties!
    No more Bush's!
    No more Clintons!

    July 9, 2014 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  20. an Iowan

    It is far past the time to end these political dynasties!
    We don't need another Clinton, and we certainly do not want any more Bush's!

    July 9, 2014 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  21. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    The funny thing is if Hillary wasn't a possible contender and just Jeb was, there wouldn't be a sound from the MSM or GOP about political dynasties. Just like those on the right that complain about Hillary's age and the fact that she's about to be a grandmother say absolutely nothing about the fact that McCain is old and Mitt and Hillary are around the same age plus Mitt has an ishload of grandchildren.

    We've only had one Clinton. That is not a dynasty. You can scream that if and when Chelsea tries to run. 😊 Until then Hillary 2016!! And btw GOP you made me support her. Thanks. 😉

    July 9, 2014 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  22. arial frost

    Close the border with several fences (as Dr. Krauthammer suggested). Stuff the residue on a plane and ship them back to
    Mexico, Central America et all.....and forget big-hearted O's offering of 3.5 billion+....or let him pay for them out of his
    future vacations.

    July 9, 2014 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, I don't know. From what I understand, GOPerville was OK with Mitt Romney leading the pack in 2012. Thing is, not only had he tried once before, but so had his father George Romney. From all indications, Mittens might be working on a third "draft Mittens" bid as I type. He certainly brought up daddy George during his last campaign when he thought it would help his own election bid.

    A name is a name is a name. And apparently NOT to be wasted. Politically speaking, of course.

    July 9, 2014 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. johnny Doughboy

    Is there to be a Clinton Dynasty? First "Bubba" Clinton, 2nd maybe-Rodham Clinton, and then Chelsa to be third? Chelsa is about to become a Mom and then maybe one day her son/daughter to run for President? On the other hand, if Hillary wins the Presidency, what will be the title of her husband?

    July 9, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. rick

    When people start talking DYNASTY and obviously include themselves.. Its a DICTATORSHIP that has stars in their eyes. But wait.. Others have wrote rambling books before starting their ?DYNASTY?. One was called ?Mine Kamph? And it ALSO was full of ramblings of a out of -touch- person. We seeing history repeating itself here? Write a book.. Go around on a speaking tour. Make money. Get elected.. Rest is bloody history. Let us NOT repeat the mistakes of the past. And of course shes NOT complaining about Obamacare.. Got a free ride with best doctors already.. Not in vocabulary. Just like Bengazi. Out of site.. Out of mind.. And using dynasty to explane self feelings of grandure? Real out of touch statement..

    July 9, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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