August 13th, 2013
07:45 PM ET
9 years ago

Hillary Clinton spokesman: No clue what Weiner was talking about

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(CNN) - A spokesman for Hillary Clinton hit back at Anthony Weiner's suggestion that he's familiar with the former secretary of state's plans for 2016 and how his wife will fit into those plans.

"We have absolutely no clue what he was talking about. Maybe his campaign does. Doubt it though," Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton, said in a statement.

Weiner himself later admitted Tuesday that his remarks were just a "joke."

In a wide-ranging interview with BuzzFeed's Ben Smith that was livestreamed Monday exclusively on the "CNN BuzzFeed" YouTube channel, Weiner said he hasn't spoken with either Bill or Hillary Clinton in months but he thinks his decisions have impacted his wife's career.

"I feel that what I've done has hurt her, yeah. It's hurt her professionally. It's hurt her personally," he said of his wife, Huma Abedin.

While the Clintons have largely declined to publicly weigh in on the mayoral contest, Bill Clinton told CNN he and his wife are "a hundred miles from that race" as long as their personal friends are involved.

Nevertheless, Weiner said Abedin is still working on the campaign as she takes a break from working for Hillary Clinton, though he didn't go into great detail about her duties on the campaign trail.

Asked whether he knows what role she will have "in Hillary's 2016 campaign," Weiner said, "I do."

"What will it be?" Smith asked.

"I'm not telling you," Weiner replied, hinting that something may be in the works for a presidential bid.

Hillary Clinton has not said whether she will make another bid for the White House.

The spokesman's comments were first reported by Politico.

Following the New York City Democratic mayoral debate Tuesday night, Weiner told reporters he was simply joking about Clinton in 2016.

"The question was, do I know what my wife is doing? And the answer is yes. It was a joke. Have you ever heard sometimes people say you could guess but if I tell you I’d have to kill you. It was a joke. Everyone laughed. It was a joke," he said.

Pressed on whether he knows if Clinton is running, Weiner said he has "no insight into campaign 2016."

"I'm struggling right here with 2013," he added.

- CNN's Jim Acosta and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. The Pontificator

    Why are people pretending that they don't know that Hillary is going to run? I knew she was going to run again back in 2008 when she was passed over.

    August 13, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. S. B. Stein

    Wiener shouldn't have run for mayor of NYC for at least another term. If he had a law degree, he should have practiced law or done something else for at least a term.

    August 13, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. nintex

    This guy gets flakier and flakier.

    August 13, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  4. Tigas

    Does Hillary have a problem with Weiner?

    August 13, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  5. Gwiz

    this schmuck is a joke he was a joke before a joke now and he'll be a joke afterwards i ve lived in new york for 30 yrs and i never read or heard anything positive about this joker 12 years in office the only thing i ever heard from him was when he railed against suspending term limits the only other things i ever heard were when he made idiotic remarks and back tracked or when he put weiner jr on display 10% of dems will vote for him are either old or luddites the voters here are getting shafted this year not one of them has a solid public record. at least the other ones leave there personal lives where they belong at home.

    August 14, 2013 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  6. Thomas

    "We have absolutely no clue what he was talking about. Maybe his campaign does. Doubt it though," Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton, said in a statement.

    He's toast !
    This is what happens when power goes to ones head .

    August 14, 2013 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  7. J.V.Hodgson

    He is not telling the BUZZ host because he "does not know.!!".. But the love of conspiracy theories , creative news thinking with no real facts; and for sure absolutely no direct announcement form HRC about her political intentions about a presidential run.
    That is more than 3 years away and would not be officially announced until at least I year from now maybe later. Please stop this fantasy reporting. especially when based on a liars answers.

    August 14, 2013 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  8. bassman

    They say 'if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog'. Mrs. Clinton and Huma Weiner are supposed to be friends. Clinton showed us her true colors by distancing her self from her so-called friend when that friend got in her way. Mrs. Clinton threw Huma under the bus. With friend like this...

    August 14, 2013 06:41 am at 6:41 am |