Buffett hopes for a Clinton White House in 2016
November 14th, 2012
04:11 PM ET
10 years ago

Buffett hopes for a Clinton White House in 2016

(CNN) – Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said he hopes Hillary Clinton will become the first female president of the United States in 2016.

"I don't see how you could have anybody better qualified," Buffett told CNN's Poppy Harlow in an exclusive interview Wednesday about the current Secretary of State and 2008 White House hopeful.

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"I like what she believes in," said Buffett. "I think she's extraordinarily able and energetic for that matter in pushing those beliefs."

Buffett not worried about fiscal cliff

Buffett, a Democrat and the namesake for the bill known as the "Buffett Rule" that would require people earning $1 million a year or more to pay at least 30% in taxes, supported both President Barack Obama and Clinton as presidential candidates in four years ago. He held fund-raisers and donated money to each of the candidates' campaigns.

The bill, which failed to pass the Senate in April, was intended to prevent the wealthy from paying a lower actual tax rate than most middle class workers, a proposal Buffett, Obama and a number of Democrats have endorsed.

Clinton is finishing her term in the Obama administration and has said she will not run for the president in the next election insisting she is finished with politics for good.

–CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

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soundoff (244 Responses)
  1. CryBabies

    Did you think Hubby Bill was campaigning for BO for drill??? Anyway, Hillary has egg on her face over this Benghazi situation....it may sink her ship.

    November 14, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. John Geheran

    By the time the incumbent is through digging the fiscal hole to new depths, it's unlikely that anyone will throw their hat in the ring.

    November 14, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. Wes Scott

    The 2016 election is 4 years away! Can we please just forget about 2016 right now and think about 2012 and possibly 2013? Haven't we had enough of presidential politics to last us for more than three years? I think we need a campaign season mandated by law that is a maximum of 120 days (90 days would be better), and if you cannot sell your message in 90-120 days, then you are unqualified to be the leader of the free world anyway!

    November 14, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. Harrry Baxter

    "Ambrose Smith:
    If Hillary runs in 2016 the Republicans will counter with Sarah Palin. LMAO! Yeah right. Clinton would make Palin look like the fool she is"

    Agree completely, except that Ms. palin ALREADY looks like the fool she is. The GOP is dense in many ways, but they aren't dense enough to nominate someone whose 15 minutes of fame expired 4 years ago. Maybe Nikki Haley, if they want to counter with a Woman, but the result would be the same.

    November 14, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. Linda T

    I voted for her 2008 and not only would I vote for her I would get out and knock on doors for her.

    November 14, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Whome

    I would wonder who would be that dumb to vote for this old broad then again Barry was elected twice.

    November 14, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. California Gary

    OMG – they are still counting ballots in the 2012 election in some areas, and we are already speculating on the 2016 race.........can't we just take a short break from presidential politics?

    November 14, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. banasy©

    Primaries are all about making the people one is running against, even if they are members of the same party, look stupid.
    HRC is capable of being a fine POTUS.
    She has said repeatedly she will not run; I hope she changes her mind.

    November 14, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. Belle

    I was a Clinton supporter in 2008 and still think that she would have been the better President.
    However , I think it is time to move on and look at some new contenders and new ideas.
    America is so divided , perhaps a third party should be introduced but definitely this far left and far right ideology has to go , it will ruin the running of this country.
    Also , Clinton is gallivanting in Australia instead of being available for inquests which doesn't look good for her.

    November 14, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. Grace

    This would be a dream come true. Now if we can only get her to agree to run.
    I do agree that Elizabeth Warren is a good second choice, however. Or as VP, an all female ticket? be still my heart 🙂

    November 14, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. Loathstheright

    Ooooooh, Republicans are soooooo scared of Hill running for president....50% of the country is female.....the Republican misogynists, racists and bigots lose.....AGAIN!!!!

    November 14, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. DENNA

    I would love to have Hilary Clinton in 2016 and I will vote for her. She is a smart, tough woman who will run this nation well. Also, I would love another Clinton in the White House! 🙂

    November 14, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. Bob in Buxton

    Nothing would make me switch to a republican vote more.

    The Republican party may yet make a comeback if HC runs.

    November 14, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. How soon we forget

    Here's the real problem with Hilary. With the exception of Lewinsky and a couple other bimbos, all the Clinton scandals had very little to do with Bill, but they had Hilary's fingerprints all over them:
    Rose Law Firm
    Cattle futures bribes from Tyson Foods
    Ransacking Vince Foster's office post-suicide
    The missing FBI files
    Every single one was Hilary, not Bill; she has always believed that she is above the law because she "means well".

    Bill had a control issue when it came to women, but Hilary was just plain corrupt. She got away with things no man could have because every time she was exposed Bill stood up and angrily said "pick on somebody your own size; only a scumbag would go after my wife."

    She's done okay job at State, but few if any major accomplishments, and now Benghazi to answer for.

    If the Dems nominate her it will be a huge mistake. They will no longer be able to legitimately claim they are the good guys. Look to Warren if you want a woman. Smarter, more likeable and a lot less baggage.

    November 14, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. rad666

    Democrats will not have her run. She will be busy traveling the world on the taxpayers' dime while she can.

    November 14, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. PaulC

    She has my vote.

    November 14, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  17. yogi

    @ Mark,
    Please don't use the name Bush anymore, we have had more than enough of that family.

    November 14, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. Dennis1020

    Run Hillary run! You have my vote and the vote of a lot of other people I know.

    November 14, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. petemg

    Ah the person who could afford to have bought the votes for Obama.

    November 14, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. yogi

    @Jack Kieser
    Absolutely! Where was the outrage of republicans. Their hypocrisy is sickening.

    November 14, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. jpmichigan

    Hillary all the way in 2016, there still is hope for this Great Country.

    November 14, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. Nope ...

    Hillary is well qualified, but too much of a warmonger for my taste. And 69 is too old. President Andrew Cuomo 2016!

    November 14, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. AreYouKiddingMe

    Warren Buffet has lost whats left of his already feeble mind.

    Hillary Clinton hides from Benghazi, but she can't hide forever. At the end of the day, it was her and her State Department which failed the Americans killed in Libya. This will be the one event that keeps her from the White House – THANK GOD!

    November 14, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. mary

    This turns out to be the generation of youngsters. Not for 70 year olds. That goes for Nancy Pelosi as well. Come on.. you had your turn. Now move over please....

    November 14, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. Real Woman

    What a laugh – she surely won't win the vote of real women. We all watched her weak response to Bill Clinton fooling around with a Government intern in the Oral Office (whoops, I meant Oval). Hillary Clinton is a disgrace to her gender and a puppet for her husband and Obama. Lets not forget the cankles while we're at it. She has no style or credibility.

    November 14, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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