April 7th, 2013
05:42 PM ET
10 years ago

Bill Clinton: 'America will have some very good choices for president'

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton may have stoked more speculation about his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and her potential run for president.

Asked during a Q-and-A session on Saturday if he'd rather take eight more years as president or complete 16 projects at the Clinton Global Initiative, Clinton said - after a pause - "I would rather keep doing what I'm doing."

"Because I think America will have some very good choices for president," he continued, drawing applause from the audience as they presumably clapped and cheered for his wife.

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His comments came in St. Louis at the annual meeting for the Clinton Global Initiative University, part of his nonprofit he runs that gets young people focused on innovations to improve poverty, development and medical care around the world.

The forum ended with Clinton being interviewed on stage by comedian Stephen Colbert, a conversation that will air on Comedy Central's "Colbert Report" Monday evening. Clinton and Colbert took questions from the young audience after the interview.

"I think that, except in unusual circumstances, a two-term limit is a good thing," Clinton continued. He said he wouldn't oppose allowing future presidents to run for a third term not immediately after their second.

"But I would personally rather keep on doing what I'm doing for as long as I can possibly do it, because I think I have learned how to do it, and I'm not sure anybody else would be doing this - whereas I'm quite sure there are going to be lots of talented people who are dying to become president of the United States," he said.

Although recent polls show Hillary Clinton would come out strong against potential Republican rivals should she decide to make another bid for the White House, one Republican senator said Sunday that her supporters shouldn't get their hopes up.

"I think after eight years of Barack Obama, if things don't change, the next Democrat running for president will be in trouble," Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "She will be a formidable candidate. I think her time as secretary of state is mixed. Benghazi is yet to be told completely. Anybody underestimates her on the Republican side would do so at a peril. But yes, she can be beat; anybody can be beat in this country."

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  1. Mark

    All I keep hearing is the same old tired partisan rhetoric on these boards – do people not get tired of it – especially in the knowledge it had absolutely no effect on the election – and wont on the next one either. And those still obsessed with their hate of Obama better wake up – 2016 wont be about him. I am personally indifferent to him either way but all the talk of "anti-American", socialist etc – it just turns off most people. And makes them opt for the safer choice.

    The GOP pick the right candidate this time its going to be deja vu all over again.

    April 8, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. looknclick

    How about try to find someone who is more politically attractive, makes sense and doesn't come with large corruption baggage.

    April 8, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. makdjalali

    This country must stand totally against these elitist. It is time to move all these worthless people out who have destroyed
    the American foundation( a Government by the people for the people.) It seems that it has become a family business.
    (Kennedy, Bush, Clinton,etc. etc.)

    April 8, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. eleridge

    looknclick, agree she has a LOT of political baggage that has never really been answered. A lot of people around her went to jail.

    April 8, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Roger

    Can't we end, once and for all, the 24 year dynasty of Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama?

    April 8, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Dave

    It is way to early to even begin to see who will win either the DNC or GOP nominations, so the Presidential Office is even further away. However, I do not see Hillary actually getting the DNC nomination. Other than a female, she brings nothing new to the table.

    April 8, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Bruce Stone

    It's a shame that we have only two parties in power, neither of which that can be trusted by the everyday citizen to do what is in our best interests. We have the radical right who want to revert us to post WWII mindsets, where only white Americans have any rights or property, and the radical left who want to perpetuate a welfare state and also remove our rights simply because the elite liberals know what is best for all of us. Perhaps it's time for a real change. Lets vote both parties out of office and elect only independents. It time for leadership that truly reflect the wishes of the American public, rather than the tired old agendas of these political dinosaurs.

    April 8, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Tony

    No gop candidates can beat Hilary basically they will never win the presidency again, also with more minority moving in to these gerry mandered districts they will lose the house in 2014 bye gop.

    April 8, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. Susan

    That's too bad because I definitely would have voted for her in 2008, but now I'm done with the political families and appointees. I want someone new, younger, and a little less Democrat.

    April 8, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. barry o.

    Wasn't the Benghazi scandal enough to ruin her career?

    April 8, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Silence Dogood

    WW2 aircraft carriers were the flashy means of destruction to the Japanese, involved in great battles with names, making headlines for themselves. On the other hand, the real destructive force was the submarines, taking out the Japanese commerce one ship at a time until they had nothing left. This is what actually crippled them, the "Silent Service."

    Given the diplomacy failures of the Bush years (anyone remember the SNAFUwith China before 9/11?), I'd like some quiet work by the SoS, building bridges and trust. It's not splashy but servers a purpose towards long-term planning/goals. I don't know all the things she's done, either, but given the alternatives in the GOP, it makes it a much easier decision.

    To say Hillary shouldn't run because she was beaten by a novice in 2000 belies the fact the GOP's pick in 2008 was also beaten in 2000 by a novice. The Dems chose Obama and that's that. In 2016 they will pick again. The GOP will put forward their candidate and the decision will be made by the people.

    The GOP can spend their time finding candidates that will win on their merits, or they can spend their time winning votes through redistricting, electorial college changes, or suppression. So far it's been the latter.

    April 8, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. GetEd

    Roger, why exactly do you include Obama in a "dynasty"? Can you explain, very carefully? To me it seems like he is the one without whom there would have been a Clinton dynasty.

    April 8, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. Ar45

    Political pundits will kill us with their speculations for next 3 tears.

    April 8, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Susan Barrett

    Run for what there will be nothing left to win.

    April 8, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. mike

    Please stop voting for the parties of the corporations. Both Dems and the GOP are ruled by corporate interests. We must vote Green party next election.

    April 8, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Jim

    The people that gave nuclear material to North Korea, failed tp get bin laden three times, and caused the banking crisis that tanked the economy.... want another chance.

    April 8, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Jackson

    It wouldn't be difficult for another democrat to win after Obama, especially Hillary.

    All she'd have to say is "Hey, I told you 8 years ago I was the one for the job. After the past 8 years, it's time to believe me".

    April 8, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Larry L


    Hopefully Americans will be choosing from among the best Republican Primary Candidates
    Did you see the list of potential candidates from the CPAC? It was Clown Car 2.0! You're doing it AGAIN! The GOP radical right-wing will pick a crazy in the primary who could NEVER win the general election. You never get it. America does not want the hateful right-wing.

    April 8, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. ally buster

    Run Hillary, run!

    April 8, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. Larry L

    @barry o.

    Wasn't the Benghazi scandal enough to ruin her career?
    Benghazi was just another "swift boat" attempt by the right wing. Americans are tired of the conspiracy theorists and their ridiculous charges. Sitting on the sidelines doing nothing but obstructing progress does not win admiration from the people. You might re-visit the dishonest intelligence data Bush and "Uncle Dick" used to start the Iraq War if you want a real scandal – 4,500 GIs died from that little "Ooops...". Were you "enraged"? Those Soldiers weren't draft-dodgers like Bush & Cheney.

    April 8, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Ccampa

    Would much rather have a another Clinton than another Bush ever!!! What I want to know is where were all of these concerned citizens about spending in the previous administration? Where were they when a war that cost trillions was waged on fabricated intelligence? They were porbably awarded war contracts like the rest of them who want to control spending so they can take it all when the next republican comes to office and wages new useless wars to steal from the American tax payer.
    Long live Hillary!!!

    April 8, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. nuntukamen

    He said absolutely nothing of the sort that says his wife is running. On the other hand, every Republican probably has their stomach churning realizing the single pay candidate will keep the thieves and warmongers out for an additional 8 more years after Obama's four. Good. They earned it with selfish thievery and duties that border on treason.

    April 8, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  23. mindcrime

    Can we get through this presidency first, please?

    April 8, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. Robert

    Well, she'll have the advantage of at least 11 million more Democratic voters once Obama gives amnesty to all the illegals.

    April 8, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |

    You bet Bill wants her to run he can't stand it when she is home checking up on him all the time.

    April 8, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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