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. Jaimie

    Not in my book. Retire.

    April 8, 2013 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  2. Al

    The plutocracy will have good choices, not the American people. They aren't allowed representation any longer. Clintons and Bushs, that's the choices, But the American people will continue to play along because they're frigging brainwashed to think it actually matters. .

    April 8, 2013 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  3. stick it

    Hillory please alib wet dream even in office lets all lather up our v's and get ready

    April 8, 2013 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  4. sepultura

    Hillery can be beat but only in the minds graham and others who are totally disconected with really.just ask Carl Rove.he still watches reruns of the last presidential elections hoping the results change.Go MR.OBAMA.GO HILLARY.GO DEMOCRATS.

    April 8, 2013 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  5. Permanent resident for Hillary

    Husband and I are permanent residents here in the US. If Hillary runs you can bet we will obtain our US citizenship to vote for her!

    April 8, 2013 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  6. Name Uche Agonsi

    Lindsey Graham, like his fellow Repubs must be blind if he does not notice that US,at least survived a crushing recession that was an off-shoot of Bush Administration....the stock market is revived, so is the house market, the car industry, the banks, unemployment, economic growth, are all there to be seen...including the death of Bin Laden the Bush Administration could not trace...all these are happening with perennial hate politics erected by the Repubs. Bill Clinton intellect shows a lot of rarity, so is Obama's. People love to hear them. But Lindsay Graham's speeches are always loose cannons of bitter pills that are difficult to swallow & when you do that they miss the digestive tracks. ...no American needs any Repubs' forecast for 2016 & definitely not from Lindsay Graham.

    April 8, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  7. al

    Nobody has the diversity or quantity of experience hillary has.
    I DOUBT anybody would dare try to filibuster her.

    April 8, 2013 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  8. brian

    Another Obama.

    April 8, 2013 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  9. Mark

    Lindsay Graham fears a Clinton candidacy. Quite frankly, the GOP doesn't have national platform that appeals to the American people. They keep re-treading the same crap, and hope America will like it. "Uh... yeah, just say 'Hispanics, like this stuff about taxes and religion... PLEEEEEASE!' and things will work out" is there strategy. They're dying as a national party because their message is not embraced by America. They're the anti-gay, anti-minority, anti-woman, anti-immigrant party. That loses luster when tall those groups are growing and their one focus: old, white, religious males are not.

    April 8, 2013 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  10. Mainscribe

    While I do like Hilliary, the way Obama is going and after Bengazi, the country is likely to be in ruin...Does she have what it takes...not with the Democratic Insanity...20 trillion in Debt...oh my...

    April 8, 2013 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  11. Michael F.

    Hopefully Mr. Graham will be beat sometime soon and we'll hear the last of his prognosticating and other pugnacious blabbering...

    April 8, 2013 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  12. vidal808

    Well, Mr. republican, – I will do everything in my power to make NO Republican is being elected for President of he US. Be assured that I will have let's of help and there will NOT be a Republican Administration very soon....

    April 8, 2013 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  13. lily

    These Clintons still can't stop their crap. They got nothing going for themselves in their marriage and their lives. So, go ahead America, vote for another lazy, heartless, soul-less imitation President so they can keep taking your hard-earned money to give it to the bums that won't and don't work!!! Thats what communists and socialist do and don't forget that they are baby-killers (millions every year) generations of human beings killed constantly!!! This can't be normal to just throw away babies and kill them.

    April 8, 2013 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  14. dx2718

    "Very good choices" could be anyone. It's plural, so even if he means Hillary is one, there have to be others he has in mind. Therefore, given that there are others, there's no indication that Hillary is one of the choices. I call a non-news-story!

    April 8, 2013 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  15. phillykev

    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

    and this from guy who also said that President Obama was a one term President ...lmao

    April 8, 2013 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  16. myway

    Looks like if the '16 party conventions were near, Hillary would be a shoe in. However, we're still 4 summers away until then. Let's hope she'll hold on to her edge. She earned it the hard way..

    April 8, 2013 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  17. Tim

    Hillary, haven't you done enough damage?

    April 8, 2013 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  18. JesterJames

    OMG! Bubba is back.

    April 8, 2013 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  19. hammerschlag

    Not another Clinton! We had enough laying and sex scandals from this bunch. Hillary is out for her own ego and not for America. She did nothing to improve foreign relations while she was Secretary of State. She is a Narcissist lie so many other women in Government. Do not vote for Clinton if you want to help America

    April 8, 2013 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  20. dave

    Enough already with the Clinton's and Bush's. No more. Stop the madness!

    April 8, 2013 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  21. J.V.Hodgson

    HI CNN please just do your job of reoporting news and stop Inventing or making your pure goosip look like its news

    April 8, 2013 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  22. Steven Weatherbee

    Being the young man who asked this question of the former President, I was so very impressed by Mr. Clinton's humility and careful thought as he took to the inquiry.

    It goes without saying that I'm ecstatic the response the question received has sparked further interest into Clinton's words as well as further interest into the top-notch event that is the CGI U.

    April 8, 2013 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  23. Howard

    Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi ... Graham and McCain are like dogs with a bone when it comes to Benghazi. You know why a dog gnaws endlessly at a bone? It's only because it needs something to chew on and nobody's given it a newer bone.

    April 8, 2013 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  24. Michel

    No Hillary! She served long enough, and during her tenure America weakened. Now, we need nonpartisan, new fresh energy for positive results.

    April 8, 2013 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  25. john

    Of course she's going to run. And even though I'm a die hard Republican, she's be a very well qualified and formidable opponent. Former first lady, former U.S. Senator, former Secretary of State....she's got the credentials and she certainly has "punched the tickets"......and if she runs and wins, I think she'd be a pretty good president.

    April 8, 2013 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
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