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. mdesan

    Not a fan of Hillary by any means, but given the choice between her & Carabou Sarah, it's like Ms. Palin – A no brainer..

    April 8, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Tony

    You gopers on this post are still asleep and dreaming of a gop president in 2016 it will not happen sorry

    April 8, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Tom1940

    Hopefully Americans will be choosing from among the best Republican Primary Candidates not Democrats in 2014 and 2016.. I urge voters to remember that the Party that brought you Obama Health Care, and proposals such as "card check", "Cap-n-Trade" and a very stagnate/dormant private sector economy, now Firearms Control, (silence about Benghazi Embassy Massacre), and numerous other "stuff", i.e. a "non-decision" on the Pipeline w/Canada, and a host of "executive orders", whose sole purpose was to circumvent "legislative process", etc were not Republicans. Voters should vote their will based not upon who will do the most for the country – but "who will hurt/injure it the least"!

    April 8, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. john

    When did we agree that the same old tired cream of the crap need to represent us. I'll make up my own mind thank you and it won't include the same old crap that does nothing to improve our economy or our kids futures!

    April 8, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. ThinkAgain

    The Democrats will have good choices; the Repubs will present us with the usual group of misfits.

    April 8, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Clouds9

    Hillary will run and she will win!!!!

    April 8, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. milenkovic milan

    I will give my full support to Ms. Clinton if she runs for President in 2016. I hope she will be in excellent health. Ms. Hillary Clinton was the best Secretary of State ever! She did outstanding job to help Pr. Obama to move this country forward in right direction… Since middle of 2008, I gave my full support to Obama and Hillary as USA “ Dream Team”. Ms. Clinton already show that military and intelligence MUST go hand – in – hand with diplomacy… and she build new bridges that this country desperately need… Ms. Hillary conform what Adm. Mullen said: “ Making friends is cheaper than fighting war”. Ms. Hillary Clinton was my suggestion for Presidential Medal of Freedom !

    April 8, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. NudeTruth

    Anyone who thinks Hillary would be a great choice should check out Rand Paul grilling Hillary over Benghazi, voting for someone other than Hillary is, "A no brainer"

    April 8, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. adam

    Hillary Clinton is a brilliant politictian and would make a wonderful leader, as President. Not to mention, the US is ready for a Female President, she would make a great first!

    April 8, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. McRCN

    Still have not heard anyone make the case exactly why Hillary should be President. She has already failed to run once and was beaten by someone who was basically a nobody. You don't get many second chances in politics and she has had several already.

    I often ask people about her job as Secretary of State and you get this answer like she was the best ever. Then I ask what was her 3 biggest accomplishments as Secretary of State and they normally give me a deer in the headlights look.

    April 8, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. symone says

    people want so very much for her to run that they use every comment to interpret in their favor. what if he was just saying that we will have some very good choices for president? yeah, i get that nobody else appears to be on the horizon, but then whomever had heard of Barry Obama not that long ago?

    i guess i'm glad that we're talking about stuff as inane as this, because it means there's no bigger news out there (or is there, and we're just too cynical or self-absorbed to report it?). but please people: can we just get some distance from the election we just had – SHEESH obama was just sworn in TWO MONTHS AGO for heaven's sake.

    let's talk about tiger woods or lindsay lohan – "not real news" that is recognizable to everybody as such, and stop trying to fan embers that shouldn't ignite for two more years.

    *begins digging 2016 bunker*

    April 8, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. ghostriter

    Conservatives are still on this Benghazi thing. Please, give it a rest. Not only do you seem to care more for 4 people that died in a hostile locale than the 3000 that died a decade earlier, you care more about those 4 than you do about 20 kids dying in a suburb.

    You guys are painfully off. But painfully funny at the same time.

    April 8, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. Palin Power

    There is only one choice for president: Sarah Palin.

    April 8, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. steve

    Until the gop starts to recognize gay rights, immigration, and minority we will never ever have another Republican President. This country is truly a country of immigrants.

    April 8, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. ghostriter

    I had no idea conservatives hated anyone more than Obama. At least lieberals have given up some of the angst against Bush. He's just funny now.

    Repubs....all that hate can't be good for ya.

    April 8, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Kelly51

    No to Hillary! She should be tried for treason, not hailed as a presidential candidate. She will NOT get my vote.

    April 8, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Matt from CT

    What difference would it make?

    April 8, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. rockot

    Hillary Clinton could win the presidency, but someone from her generation would make a bad choice for president.
    If you look at our schools, where the problem today is not that girls are doing poorly but boys.

    By the time boys are in 4th grade, they are hopelessly behind the girls. In college, there is a huge gender gap in favor of women. The reasons for this is the large institutional bias that has been built up over years, 100% female teaching staffs at many public schools – programs that help women and designed to discourage men. The purposeful destruction of the family unit – where boys in particular suffer from judges that grant custody to women – and force fathers out of full time roles with their children.

    In this context where the female gender is thriving, we want to elect a president firmly committed to furthering the fortunes of the thriving gender, while further punishing the prospects of these innocent boys, who have already fallen so far behind?

    Hillary Clinton clearly lives in the past – as do most people of her age, on both sides of the aisle. They are fighting demons they remember from their youth – and are not in touch with today's reality.

    She'd make a bad president – the only question is just how bad a president the Republicans want to nominate – goodness knows they may try to come up with someone even worse.

    April 8, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. ghostriter

    Nude truth...you mean Paul asking Hillary as to whether or not we are sendiing weapons to Turkey? That was priceless. The look on her face was like, "Are you freaking kidding me?"

    Trust me, 'Ayn' Rand Paul....the Filliblubberer Supreme.....may just get the nomination....making the next republican defeat that much more bitter.

    April 8, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. tv22

    At least the press waited until Obama was actually running and won a few primaries before getting on his bandwagon and becoming an extension of his campaign. Now they're trying to create a Hillary candidacy 3 1/2 years before the next election. I'm turned off already.

    Funny too that young people want someone who will be quite aged. With all the shots I see being taken at Baby Boomers on this board, why go from a late boomer to an early boomer? To take a step backward?

    April 8, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. more2bits

    She'll be too late–Obama will have already destroyed the country before 2106.....

    April 8, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. Keith ..... in Oregon

    CNN has begun their campaign for Hillary already?

    I wish she, her husband and her daughter would just go away. They've solidified their income for life at our expense so please "just go away."

    April 8, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. Wake up People!

    While I agree it is too soon to be talking 2016..... Why do people get so afraid at the mere mention of Hillary??? Since almost the day after the election, the GOP has been pimping Christy, Rubio, Rand Paul and Ryan and no one says a word, but the minute anyone brings up the name Hillary, the GOP loses their collective minds. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

    Hypocrisy at its best!!

    April 8, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. The Truth

    If Hillary runs for president, I hope she gets crucified for her age, just like McCain did. But I doubt it will happen despite her power hungry self. Her diplomacy screw up in Benghazi will haunt her in any future political endeavor that requires votes from the public.

    April 8, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. You Can Have It!

    Whoever wins will inherit a enormous mess leftover from Obama who inherited a big mess from Bush! Anyone will be better than the current "leader" we have!!

    April 8, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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