September 21st, 2007
03:30 PM ET
16 years ago

Bill Clinton on being No. 2: 'I may slit my throat'

How is Bill Clinton adjusting to being No. 2?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton says it’s not going to be easy to adjust to a new role in the White House if his wife, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, wins the presidency.

"I may slit my throat," the former president joked on Thursday night's The Daily Show when asked about the prospect of returning to the White House as anyone other than the President of the United States.

But Clinton quickly got back to being supportive saying, "My basic job will be to support her if she wins. I'll go and do what is most needed, and what is best for the country, and let her make that call."

The former president also praised the other Democratic presidential candidates.

"I like this field," he said. "I love having a field, as a Democrat, where I don't have to be against anybody."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    You aren't the only one, Bill. Hillary as president would make a lot of people contemplate suicide.

    September 22, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Jack, Durham, NC

    Most of us want to still believe this is democracy.

    Posted By C Nallambakkam, San Ramon CA : September 21, 2007 6:33 pm

    Well then most of you slept through 5th-grade Civics.

    The United States has never, for one minute, been a democracy.

    A casual perusal of the Constitution would've told you that, but then most liberals wouldn't recognize the Constitution if it punched them in the face.

    September 22, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. RuthieM

    I just can't see Bill Clinton, my former president, making the white house beds and wearing an apron.
    Sorry, don't need Hillary in the Oval Office!

    September 22, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Robert

    Slitting throats is funny?
    Oops....I forgot.
    We are talking about the Clintons.

    September 22, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    "I am certainly voting for Hillary. It will be wonderful to have Bill Clinton back in the White House in whatever capacity. "

    ..Another one who thinks he is voting for Bill Clinton. Again, Bill Clinton is not the candidate and cannot be president again. Hitlery is the candidate.

    I think Congress shoul dvote on an amendment to prevent a president's spouse from running for president after their term in office. And this is exactly why. 99% of the people voting for Hitlery think they are voting for Bill Clinton, when he is constitutionally BARRED from being president again. Not to mention legally disbarred from being a lawyer again. So I guess paid speaker and First Husband are about his only remaining options. Great guy.

    September 22, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    Actually Ron,
    Ronald Regan was elected president from 1981 – 1989.
    George H W Bush was president from 1989 – 1993.
    William Jefferson Clinton was president from 1993 – 2001.
    George W Bush was president from 2001 – 2008.

    So it is currently 20 years of Bush/Clinton/Bush. Hillary would make 24 or 28.

    But I get your point, and it is something I have posted in blogs and pointed out many, many times myself. This is almost a monarchy or dictatorship. And the Bushes have dealing and ties to the Clintons.

    September 22, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    "Let's pray that Hillary is not elected. Her purposal that health care will only cost 110 billion is ridiculous and will end up costing many times more."

    I live near Philadelphia, where they recently built 2 new stadiums. They sold the total cost to taxpayers as $250 Million. By the time they were done, it was $1.2 Billion to build those 2 stadiums.

    September 22, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Maria, Houston

    Reading the above and other posts, Hillary camp wants her to be elected in order to

    a/ have Bill Clinton back in the W.H.

    b/ have A WOMAN in the W.H. disappointing to see that you want so little... however, keep that "woman thing" in mind next time when you have an urge bashing Elizabeth Edwards, Michelle Obama or – OMG – Ann Romney...

    September 22, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. J. McKinney SW MO

    I am most definately for Hillary, and I think that Bill will be available for her to consult with. I think they are both brilliant, and that this country needs them desperately to try to get us out of this mess. We may be too far gone to come back, with all the problems that have developed, but I hope not. WE NEED HILLARY! Go, Girl!

    September 22, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. Ron Nebraska

    actually I am convinced that this manufactured support in the polls for Mrs. Clinton has more to do with the lazy American media not willing to do their job to inform the public but to take the easier route to provide entertainment. In this case I believe the media thinks it's cool to have the story be about a Bush/Clinton dynasty in American politics instead of what is best for America. When they get done promoting Hillary and if she happened to be elected the next round would be about promoting Jeb Bush, after that if Chelsea decided to get into politics they would promote her. The point is the media is NOT doing its' job to inform the American electorate because they either don't know how anymore or are so owned by corporations that they aren't allowed to. So the solution is for voters to educate themselves, study the candidates, look at all aspects of them and make an informed opinion based on YOUR knowledge not what is put before you by the main stream media. Like George says, it's hard work but absolutely vital to our future hopes for our country.

    September 22, 2007 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Bill don't make an offer like that and not make good on it....

    September 22, 2007 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  12. RuthieM

    Hm, really something for a former president to say - "I may slit my throat." And then the media writes, 'the former president joked'. How do you know he joked?

    September 23, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. TooSmarttoVoteRepublican

    Hey Bill W.-

    When the previous comment stated there's been a Bush or a Clinton in the White House since '81, it wasn't wrong. Bush (H.W.) was in the White House, as V.P. and as you'll notice, the comment said "in some capacity" so...go recalculate.

    Leave it up to the Republicans to screw up simple addition.

    September 25, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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