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. mike

    LOL!!! Nobody will vote for her!!! So long Democrats!!!

    April 7, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  2. Mount joy

    Good choices? But not her!

    April 7, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. AmericaLover

    I think HIllary is too old to run for President.. she'll be 70 years old barely into her term.

    April 7, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |

    You think Obama is bad, if this gal gets elected we will cease to exist

    April 7, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  5. Loathstheright

    Hillary or any republican....mmmmm....I will have to go with Hillary.

    April 7, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. Lindsay

    I hope that I passed the mode turms

    April 7, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  7. davecu

    Too much baggage to be a viable contender in 2016.
    Too many unanswered questions.

    April 7, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. Richard Long

    Everyone is jumping on the 2016 bandwagon. Obama still has 3 more years...
    What about Biden?

    April 7, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. carlos aponte

    MrsClinton was first lady for 8 years, she has a resume very few people can have she is The Iron Lady of America. Think what she went through as a woman yet she is standing tall. have to say Hillary stay home bake cookies for d grandkids profesorship at a University so that new crop of students can benefit. Having said it you have mi vote God love you.

    April 7, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  10. chrisekpo

    America has made enough mistakes at the polls
    Voting her in as PRESIDENT of USA will be stale politics
    She is very deceptive and able to lie on every situation

    April 7, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. Joe Namath

    I would vote for Lorenna Bobbit before I voted for Hillary.

    April 7, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. David

    This is the United States of America. Not a monarchy. Two Adams an early Fluke. The second Bush, well, a travesty. Two Clinton's , come on! . Anybody ,other than Mrs. Clinton or Jeb in 2016!

    April 7, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  13. Symphony Of Madness

    She shouldn't run. She is VERY racist and VERY disrespectful of the elderly. What grounds do I base this on, you ask? None. None at all. I'm just trying to get my opinion across.

    April 7, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. George Washington

    This is how the Clinton's have been operating since they started their political careers. They "leak" to the press that they are considering running, evaluating, or are on a "listening tour." But, like very other con artist, the Clintons are extremely calculating. They are trying to get people to start thinking about them but they want to limit the time they are officially running so as to give their enemies less time to work on uncovering the Clinton corruption. Nevertheless, anyone from Arkansas knows that the majority of the people there referred to then Governor Clinton's administration as "The Arkansas mafia." And why? because Bill and Hillary Clinton are amongst the most calculating, dishonest and ruthless criminals in history. If it wasn't for the wicked times in which we live, they would never have made it to any office but would have been run out of Little Rock on a rail as the scoundrels that they are more than 30 years ago. Make no mistake. The Clintons are white trash of the worst sort, albeit white trash that knew how to use and manipulate the system. It wasn't the first time. Hitler was white trash too. But again, make no mistake, because the Clintons are the greatest curse ever visited on this country.

    April 7, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. T

    ...........HINT?........We need more than a HINT.....................for the next POTUS............

    April 7, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. blake

    Duh. Hillary decided she would run in 2016 after she lost the Democratic nomination to Obama five years ago. Sadly the darling of the far left is a compulsive liar, Marxist, and lacks a moral compass. I challenge any of her supporters to name a single noteworthy accomplishment she had as a senator or as secretary of state. Benghazi alone is enough to disqualify this woman from any form of future "public service" and certainly the presidency.

    April 7, 2013 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. rightospeak

    If Hillary runs, the Democrats will hand over the presidency to the Republicans, unless an absolute idiot is going to challage her. Does it really matter ? It is alll a circus, anyway.

    April 7, 2013 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. gregg

    you keep forgetting dumb woman will vote for her because she is a woman and thats a wnole lot of votes look how many voted for Obama!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  19. Sheryl Mexic

    I'm a Hillary Supporter but what about Cory Booker entering? Is he the surprise candidate?

    April 7, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  20. No support

    Lindsey Graham said what? The man who is glued to the hip with John McCain making all sorts of wild and crazy statements, making everything out to be a conspiracy and is even causing his fellow republican to blush, is saying Obama is embarrassing? lol

    April 7, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  21. Jay Linse

    I think her response and role in the Benghazi incident will come back to haunt her. With the damage that Obama is doing to this country, she will need to come out NOW and start publicly pointing out everything bad about Obama and how she will be different.
    Question: Will that work for her?
    Answer: "What does it matter" (Hillary Clinton responding to questions during the Benghazi hearing)

    April 7, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  22. illuminated Genius

    I think Hillary Clinton could very well be the first woman president if she runs in 2016.

    April 7, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  23. Sam

    Hillary all the demcrats have for 2016 they are done if she doesnt run:-D

    April 7, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  24. Randy, San Francisco

    Hillary is the best choice among a good field of Democratic candidates.

    April 7, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  25. rs1201

    she'll be too old! We need a President who's between 45 and 60 and that's it! Hillary will be 69 in 2016... give it up already...retire and make room for the younger crowd!

    April 7, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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