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. TerryG

    Come on folks!!!!!! The ink isn't even dry on the last ballots.

    November 15, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  2. The GOP need to pack up and leave

    Hillary had my vote until Obama won the nomination, then he had my vote. He had my vote this last election too. If luck's with us, we'll have a Clinton White House in 2016.

    November 15, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. Bill C

    Run Hillary Run!!!

    November 15, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. Sarah Reinecke

    Hillary Clinton has more corruption on her hands than anyone, sad if she is the best the Dems can come up..Whitewater..Vince Foster..Libya..and the icing on the cake she found a way to be comfortable with a man that was impeached for lying to every American regarding an affair he was having with a young girl while he was President.

    November 15, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. pprty

    Hillary!!! You Go Girl!!

    November 15, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. Stealy Dan

    It's been written about many times. "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise them the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy."

    November 15, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  7. hk

    The second Obama administration is just started. Have a little respect.

    November 15, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  8. Sorry Charlie

    I'm not sure why Buffett is worried about 2016, he won't be around. Been there done that, Buffett is history.

    November 15, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  9. RockoSee

    Jumping from Secretary of State to President is not the usual path. The main interest here is in electing a female president.
    That'll happen someday, but when that person is the best choice, not simply to check that off the to-do list.

    Hillary Clinton is not a great choice for president, because she wouldn't represent all americans. She stated quite clearly she wants to be the president for women. Which means, such novel things, as even though more women graduate from college then men, she still wants female only scholarship programs that boost the attendance of women in certain fields – while having no such plan for boosting the male attendance in fields where men are under represented.

    Hillary Clinton's equality is only for one gender, not both. That's why she needs to retire and let the next generation rule – she'd be a step backwards at this point.

    November 15, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  10. Ready

    The old man must be getting senile...

    November 15, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  11. rs1201

    I'd vote for her if she promised to allow Bill Clinton to guide the country. She's proven herself to be a nothing under obama. Her husband is probably the best President we've had in decades and I'm a republican...fiscal conservative and social liberal.

    November 15, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. ST

    Hillary will win in a landslide come 2016. Those 47% and more will vote for her, as Romney has now added fuel in his remark. No one is going to forget this insult.

    November 15, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  13. ronvan

    Guess I would have to label myself as an independent! I do not care about parties, religion, male or female. Give me the BEST person, that I think will actually help. I would have NO problem voting for Hillary BUT, I have a question:
    I know a president cannot stay in office for more than 2 terms. However, could an ex-president, decide to run again?
    Bill Clinton comes to mind as it seems everyone loves him? Here is a ticket: Bill Clinton-President, Hillary- Vice President. Now I could vote yes on that one!

    November 15, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. IhateBurkas

    I could not agree more, Warren. Run Hilary Run.

    November 15, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. mbh

    No more Clintons in the WH – time for them to retire from politics.

    November 15, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. BillC

    I'm in total support of Hillary Cinton for president of the USA 2016 to eight years from them!

    November 15, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  17. Austine

    Did like to see Hillary against the lady that sees Russia from her home in Alaska.

    November 15, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  18. ST


    I can try to answer your question. Once a person was a president is not allowed to occupy the White House again. It is either one term or two terms (if re-elected), no more. In case of "the Clintons", when you vote for one, you get two. If Hillary is elected, he will move to the White House together with Bill. They will have daily discussions like any other couple living there. Bill will not show directly that he is incharge, BUT I can assure you, he will be involved in one way or the other.

    November 15, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. Anonymous

    "I would have NO problem voting for Hillary BUT, I have a question:
    I know a president cannot stay in office for more than 2 terms. However, could an ex-president, decide to run again?
    Bill Clinton comes to mind as it seems everyone loves him? Here is a ticket: Bill Clinton-President, Hillary- Vice President. Now I could vote yes on that one!" -------- Or what about Hillary Clinton – President, Bill Clinton – Vice President if he cannot run again. Although, as a woman I'm not so sure that having Bill as VP would be a good thing because Hillary would never get total credit for her accomplishments. It is pathetic that this country has never has a woman president or even a woman VP when many other countries have - even ones with less progress on women's rights. When we finally get a woman President she should get the respect and credit she deserves.

    November 15, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. Shardik

    As the economy continues to improve, so will the chances of Hillary running. Funny how the GOP recently seems to have found female and minority candidates for President but seems unable to find any for any other position.

    November 15, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. Jack

    This is Century of the Democrats. Why? Because the Dems understand America and the American public. Look at Romney still talking about the 47% of "the takers not the makers." I'm getting no "gifts" from the gov't but I voted for Obama. And many like me did as well. Social Security, Medicare, National Parks etc. –these are not gifts. This is what gov't does. The next time you hear critics wanting to privatize gov't programs just remind yourself of Enron and the banks imploding and ask yourself if you really want the private sector to run these things.

    November 15, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. Anonymous

    It's doubtful there will even be a Grand Old Party come 2016. But, hey. Rand Paul says he's available to lead the party into oblivion. With McCain's help, of course. If Gopers are consistent on nothing else, their willingness to consistently misread messaging sent by their fellow Americans election after election is remarkable.

    November 15, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. TheFatherofLies

    She would likely be an improvement over the current president and far better than anyone the republicans can field, given the pool of hopefuls who ran in 2012 as well as the many potential contenders who were content to wait until 2016, when the Obama campaign apparatus wouldn't be grinding away at all comers. But 4 years is a political lifetime, the R's could find a viable champion or someone who is merely rank and file in the D's may rise to notoriety.

    November 15, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. FactCheck

    With the direction the Republican party is headed, the Dems can nominate George Clinton (and P-funk) and have him win.

    November 15, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. Karri

    Vince Foster committed suicide because he was suffering from depression. To blame anyone but Mr. Foster for his death is misguided and ridiculous. And no one should have been examining Bill Clinton's personal life, so he shouldn't have been put in a position to lie to the American people. It was a personal matter between a husband and wife. Do you think you have the right to know everything about the personal lives of your doctor, your children's teachers, and the CEO's of national companies? Absolutely not. That's why it's called a personal life.

    If you don't like HIllary Clinton's politics that's one thing, but don't judge her ability to be President on the mental heath of her friends and her and her husband's personal lives. If she can help turn this country around, I don't care if she sleeps with Mitt Romney!

    November 15, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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