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. GenYer

    I would vote for Hillary, but she is not going to run. It is sad, but it is true.

    November 15, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Al

    I'm sure he does, after all he does owe MILLIONS in back taxes that he's pushed offshore and has also received in the form of stocks that, that's how he managed to pay less taxes than his secretary did.

    It's really good to be able to buy your politician so that you can continue to avert what this party is trying to do, raise taxes.

    November 15, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. wolfpackbob

    Uh, let's wait until Hillary's sworn testimony in December about her direct role regarding the murders of four Americans in Benghazi. Remember, she said "the buck stops here" regarding embassy security or the lack thereof.

    November 15, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. knucklecheese

    Buffet backs Clinton... well , why WOULDN'T he? This is not news. Stop wasting our time, CNN.

    November 15, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. B.

    The Republicans will continue to lose elections in the future for obvious reasons. They live in their own outdated universe. They have proved that buy continuing down the same path, even now after losing with their agenda of backward polices of the 50s!

    They truly are moving into extinction and irrelevance.

    November 15, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. jj

    Hillary 2016!

    November 15, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Pete

    "I don't see how you could have anybody better qualified,"

    Hahahaha, she got beat by Obama, who was grossly under-qualified in comparison.

    November 15, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    What's with all the right-winger phony outrage over Benghazi? Where was all the right-winger outrage when 400 times as many Americans lost their lives on 911, and several thousand more died in Iraq fighting an illegal war which had nothing to do with 911??? Where in the hell was the right-wing outrage at Bush??? You right-wingers are deranged, delusional, and extremely ignorant. You are a danger to yourselves and others. Seek help ASAP.

    November 15, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Donkey Party

    Sorry, 800 times more than Benghazi.

    November 15, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. JJB

    Hillary 2016! Yes!

    November 15, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Saboth

    I'd happily vote in Hillary. The GOP is going to have absolutely no one, again.

    November 15, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Laurie in Spokane

    Can we just NOT talk about the 2016 election until at least next year? I've had enough of the bull surrounding these elections for a lifetime. Let the dust settle from the last election. Constant talking about someting 4 years away is a real turn-off for voters.

    November 15, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. TPF

    She should stay at home and enjoy her private time. She will not survive all the investigations in to her time as Sec. Of State and the cover ups.

    November 15, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Humanity4All

    It is a shame that we have not had a Women President in this Country. We have see the 3rd world countries having Women leaders like 30 – 40 years ago..If we care about Women we got to show that to the world. Heck even Republicans will vote for Hillary.

    November 15, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. Jim Hahn

    I wouldn't give up on Hillary just yet. She has a better shot at being president than any woman in history. With Bill and Barack behind her, she'd win in a landslide over anyone the Republicans could come up with by 360 to 380 or more votes in the Electoral College.

    November 15, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. just askin

    in 2016, the country will be bankrupt with massive unemployment and imploding thanks to obama and all his debt. the country will not be looking to the democrats to fix the disaster they caused.

    November 15, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Wilson

    Condi Rice would make a better president than any clinton.

    November 15, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. tatangB

    HRC was ready to be president in 2008, the country was not. It seems that some still don't get it. Sad.

    November 15, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. John

    I would love to have her run in 2016. Nobody better for the job. Unfortunately I think she's sick and tired of public life.

    November 15, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    Maurice Tyndale

    I will go one step further; if possible for Bill, now about a Hillary and Bill ticket. That would sink the GOP for another 8 years.
    Further proof that the ability to pass a civics test should be required to vote.

    November 15, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. GGGGG123

    Condi Rice 2016. Sadly, she won't run..... but I think she would do well in office. It'd be a good choice

    November 15, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. CryBabies

    This topic is really showcasing the "Dumbing Down" of the American electorate. Shaking my head with saddness.

    November 15, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |

    Clinton 2012! I think she would be a great president and it's time for a woman.

    November 15, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. CryBabies

    @TX Guy...Greedy is worse than poor but none of those terms are worse than " lazy.".....thats part of the problem in this country.

    November 15, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. The Common Man

    If you think Hillary should be back in the white house, read George Stephanopoulos' book "All Too Human: A Political Education". You'll hear first hand how Bill Clinton and his staff determined in his second term that they needed to wall Hillary out of the administration's activities.

    November 15, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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