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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soundoff (272 Responses)
  1. woof

    How can this woman subject her life to any more stress than she has already endured for the past four years. The Saints bless her.

    April 7, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. chrissy

    It would be wonderful if we could have Bill Clinton for prez again. But you just have to know he wouldnt have been half as good as he was without Hillary by his side so yes we would be just as lucky to have her in office!

    April 7, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. gstlab3

    Oh hell no!!!!

    Do'nt do it America., you will regret it worse than you regret things now with the present suit

    April 7, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. looknclick

    Hillary for president: More dollars printed, more government spending, more spying on citizens, less freedom for everyone and more food stamps.

    Healthcare? We will go to canada and mexico for that.

    April 7, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  5. Mike

    Yea, if Odumbo doesnt destroy America then Hillary will finish off what's left. Jesus we are waiting on your return to save us from this world and the democratic party.....aka...Illuminati (devil worshippers). Im so glad when Jesus returns soon all this will be destroyed.

    April 7, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. John

    Ah, slick Willie back in the White House. Can't imagine the tail he'll be chasing again.

    One thing would be so refreshing- no more blaming the predecessor for everything- that may slow down.

    April 7, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  7. Jay in Florida

    And why on Earth is Hillary a good choice? Because she carries the last name Clinton? If anything, that's a poor choice of last name..... who knows how many "Clintons" are spread around Arkansas, on the excuse they were interns.

    April 7, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  8. Iliad

    How anyone would even consider voting for this fool is beyond me. Does being married to an ex-president make you qualified to be president?
    She failed miserably as SOT spending all her time flying around the world on our tax dollars and accomplishing nothing along the way.
    She needs to go away.

    April 7, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  9. Philipp

    After her comments on Bengzhai, she has no chance

    April 7, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. cmack

    So, I guess Mr. Lindsey Graham thinks people will forget the horrible eight years of the G.W. Bush administration and elect another republican.
    I think Hillary supporters should be upbeat about her campaign because republicans have nothing to offer the middle class. They are lost and out of touch with mainstream America!

    April 7, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  11. johndoughboy

    If Hillary wins, what will they call Bill, "The first Gentleman??" (WOW–with such a title), first Dude, President emeritus, e-president. surely not Mr. Hillary, Senior first gentleman, Hillary's spouse, or just what. Interesting speculation anyway.

    April 7, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  12. Truck

    Something reeks......

    April 7, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. doomsickle

    If she does run then there is no doubt that she will win for the simple fact that she is a woman. They elected the first non white president and now they want to let the female come in and be the best president ever right?

    April 7, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  14. NSL

    I'd vote for her over any of the current Republican likely candidates, but it's still about 3.5 years before we vote for a new president and much can happen between now and then.

    April 7, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  15. pubesrtoast

    8 more years! 8 more years!

    April 7, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  16. Tom

    Please don't Hilary. Your time has passed, although the idea that crazy uncle Joe could make a run scares the hell out of me!!!!

    I changed my mind, run. I'm a republican but if all we put up is the Rand Paul crazy train types, you would be better. My party had a chance with Romney but we ripped the poor guy apart for no reason and ended up with Obama again (voted for him the first time). Shame on me 🙁

    April 7, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  17. Steve

    A strong report that a) Bill Clinton confirms he is not looking to run again and b) however, he hints strongly that Hillary may indeed run is legitimate news. it does not need to be augmented in the name of some false balance by reaching out for a general, snipy quote from a Republican which adds nothing to the actual news at hand.

    April 7, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  18. marctheduck

    What difference does it make now?

    April 7, 2013 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  19. socalpimp

    The nightmare never ends..the same bad actors are driving this country into the dirt

    April 7, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. dscon

    Yeah.....depends on what the definition of Is, Is....:)

    April 7, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. mccainiscrazy

    slick willy wants back in the withe house so he can get access to the interns. after all if you were married to hillary the hideous monster you'd be looking for something on the side too.

    April 7, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  22. Victor

    Well, might want to rethink that....the current administration is doing all they can to ensure the next democratic presidential candidate is a sure loss. Coming from a former dem voter.

    April 7, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  23. mrdeepblue

    I'm a Registered Republican.
    Having said that....she's got MY vote !

    PS.- Teasmokers, bible thumpers, extreme right, "trickle down" and and other lunacies are NOT what I will EVER vote for!

    April 7, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  24. jason

    Wait, wait. Soooo, she cant recall anything about or from dealing with Bengazi, but she wants to be POTUS? Wow!

    April 7, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  25. Ed1

    We don't need any more Clintons in the White House period.

    Hillary will be 69 by the time the election gets here and we don't need more old farts in Washington that includes you to Bill.

    April 7, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
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