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. Carlos

    The DEAL:

    Bill Clinton supports Barack after his wife gets beat
    Barack supports Hillary after he is done as president


    If Barack stinks, Hillary is toast and no amount of support will hand her the Presidency

    April 8, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. Milton Mankoff

    The Clinton's a conservative Democrats and Hillary is a hawk on foreign policy. If people want that it's up to them, but they shouldn't think they are getting someone else. She is to the right of Obama on foreign policy, who has just been more efficient and intelligent in carrying out traditional American foreign policy than his predecessors and has not fundamentally broken with the view that the US should determine what's best for other countries (i.e. serving our needs rather than those of their people). Perhaps Hillary is a millimeter to the left of Obama on domestic policy, but I wouldn't want to have to prove it with actual evidence. Both are oblivious to workers, perhaps because they believe we are all middle class except for the billionaires. I would prefer Elizabeth Warren if she chose to run.

    April 8, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  3. Slade

    CNN, don't you think it's a tad to early to start campaigning for Hillary "what difference does it make" Clinton?

    April 8, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. jtj33

    Look where we're at now. Where Hillary took us. Hillary is a joke. Doesn't have a clue. A box of rocks. But she has 'rock star' popularity just like Obama. (Who hasn't a clue either.) This is us America. We elect our officials with rock and roll popularity mentality. Who's the coolest. Party, party, party. So I guess we're the joke and the partys on us until we run out of party dollars. Then, just like Hillary and Barry, I haven't a clue...

    See you in the funnies... party, party, party...

    April 8, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  5. Al

    As Secretary of State she left three people to die at the hands of terrorist, so if she's put in the White House how many who are doing their job will she turn her back on and allow to die? Does anyone want to see her allow you or a member of your family die and then say I was not informed.

    April 8, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. joemama

    republicans... prepare to get owned

    April 8, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  7. Crocker

    Please not Miss Hilarious..... no no no.....

    April 8, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. Raine

    I believe he may have been referring to Ben Ferguson and Marco Rubio.

    April 8, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. Sam A.

    Two thumbs up for Hillary.

    April 8, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Deb Ed

    A 2 term limit for president is enough. In fact, every politician should have just a 2 term limit.

    April 8, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Fourleaf Tayback

    Hillary will have her Presidential aspirations "Benghazied"....and rightly so.

    April 8, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. JD

    I don't see where his comment is any kind of a hint about Hillary. People only hear what they want to hear.

    April 8, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. lord toronaga

    OMG. Never. Bill the "Intern Molester" endorses his wife the "Bengazzi deaths denier". 2 of the worlds biggest creeps.

    April 8, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Amanda

    Way to ruin the surprise Billl....

    April 8, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. chris

    Just wait..there will be a huge interview for their friends at Vogue with a cover picture of Bill...instide he will have a multi page deeply sympathetic apology about his cheating on Hillary and not putting her first in his life. Liberals will begin to cry for his honesty and support Hillary.

    April 8, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. AprilElaine

    "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."

    That's pretty comical considering that everything that has come out of REPUBLICANS mouth lately has been a complete joke, they have done nothing but make themselves look ridiculous, Hillary DEF stands a chance running against any of them as of now.

    April 8, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. Wow

    Is there any other choice in 2016? Will be interested to see what the conservatives dig up from their cess pool of hate, bigotry, and irrelevance.

    April 8, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. newshound

    You know Bill would LOVE 8 more years living in the White House. It will be amazing if this country still exists in its present form after four more years of Obama.

    April 8, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. dan whats

    hillary is a liar and fake it just goes to show how stupid you dumbacrats really are. She totally lied about the whole benghazi attack but you dont seem to care

    April 8, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. Sid

    asking Hillary or anyone associated with her whether she'll run is like asking someone if they're an alcoholic – a yes just confirms what you already suspect but a no tells you nothing other than there's a good chance they're lying...

    April 8, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  21. Tom1940

    Hillary should join Bill (in adjacent rocking chairs, passing grandchildren (hopefully), back and forth and perhaps a speaking engagement once in a while. Otherwise, just retire, enjoy the quiet away from the spotlight and politics and enjoy the rest of their lives.

    April 8, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. Wake up People!

    I guess Senator Graham has forgotten that the United States is not a monarchy. That President Obama is the POTUS, not a King or a Dictator. Anything he does must be approved by Congress and since the only things THEY seem to be focused on are Abortion, repealing ACA, blocking immigration of brown people, worrying about celebrities traveling to Cuba, and other miscellaneous ish, any democrat with half a brain should be a shoe-in, especially Secretary Clinton.

    Everyone is not as uneducated and uninformed as the average Fux News viewer.

    April 8, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. mightyduk

    It will be Hillary 2016!!!!

    April 8, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. Larry L

    Hmmm... Clinton brought us economic prosperity – Bush a terrible recession. The Clinton years had relative peace – Bush started two wars yet had no exit strategy or any plan to fund them. Clinton was admired and respected across the globe – Bush tried to give the German Chancellor a neck-rub at the G-8 meeting and was a "shoe-target" for most of the world. Hillary would be an outstanding choice... Jeb... not so much...

    April 8, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. ShawnDH

    Let's do this! What crazy extremist do Republicans think they can run who can beat Hillary? Good luck with that.

    April 8, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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