Gates says Clinton would make a good president
January 12th, 2014
02:59 PM ET
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Gates says Clinton would make a good president

(CNN) - Republicans were quick last week to use former Defense Secretary Bob Gates' new book as ammunition against Hillary Clinton should she decided to run for president again.

But when asked if he thinks the former secretary of state would make a good president, Gates gave an answer that Clinton opponents will likely leave out of future attack ads.

"Actually, I think she would," Gates said in an interview that aired on CBS' "Sunday Morning."

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In his memoir, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” Gates writes that Clinton told President Barack Obama that she opposed the 2007 troop surge in Iraq for political reasons because she was running against him in the Iowa presidential caucuses at the time.

“The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political,” Gates writes. “To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.”

Gates defends controversial book

While Clinton's critics quickly pounced on the admission, Gates otherwise praised Clinton throughout the book.

“I found her smart, idealistic but pragmatic, tough-minded, indefatigable, funny, a very valuable colleague, and a superb representative of the United States all over the world," he writes.

Gates was not as complimentary about Vice President Joe Biden, however.

Although Gates calls Biden “a man of integrity,” he writes, “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

Asked in the interview Sunday if he thinks Biden would also make a good president, Gates was more diplomatic in his response.

"Well, I suppose to be even-handed, I would have to say I suppose he would," he said, laughing.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    "Actually, I think she would," Gates said in an interview that aired on CBS' "Sunday Morning."
    So much for another scandal"

    But, but, but ............................................... Benghaz.

    January 12, 2014 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. HenryMiller

    "Gates says Clinton would make a good president"

    Aside from a grasp on reality so poor that she "remembers" running from sniper-fire, an indifferent willingness to condemn to death people who work for her, and a planned socialised-medicine scheme even worse than Obamacare.

    January 12, 2014 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. wendel

    gates is a disgrace why take a position so you can do a tell all. For the money.? He keeps saying the president and his cabinet showed a distrust of the military brass. Gee I wonder why. ??? First time book written while president still in office. Seems like the president trusted him and got stabbed in the back, So much for taking an oath and honor and all that stuff. Maybe it was the first time a president questioned the brass about continuing a war the American people did not want. Remember that's why we voted for the president. I think it was sour grapes Gates didn't get the respect he though he should. So he had to get even. A Christy moment runs in the repo party.

    January 12, 2014 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Hillary will be a much bigger disaster than Obama has been........even though I know that sounds impossible.

    January 12, 2014 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. dave

    what difference does it make?

    January 12, 2014 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  6. Winston Smith

    She'll make one of the best presidents the nation ever had. Why, you ask. Because she'll use something not used often by any previous leader we've had to endure. She'll use education and common sense. Qualities no republican can boast having.

    January 12, 2014 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  7. Name Uche Agonsi

    Why Clinton only ?.......why not ...mmh Kerry.

    January 12, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |

    A NO vote for Mrs. Benghazi here.

    January 12, 2014 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  9. J.V.Hodgson

    This whole matter takes much of the "juicy comments" from the book but not the overall context of what Gates said about any body including Hilary, Obama, and Biden.
    My most aggravating thought when reading around this is that Gates makes comments about the mindset of his CIC and has the temerity to call His CIC out as " not committed" while he is still CIC.... That's insubordination and a military court martial offense.

    January 12, 2014 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  10. BeenThereDoneThat

    Gates hit the nail on the head! The future POTUS Hillary Clinton WILL be a spectacular Leader Of The Free World!

    January 12, 2014 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    Can't disagree with Gates on this one. We are of the same mind about Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton will shatter the glass ceiling in 2016.

    January 13, 2014 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Obama and Hillary Clinton are unqualified to be President of the United States. It is clear that they are complete political animals who make decisions not based upon what they think, or what would be best for the country, but what is the best political choice. Sometimes the right and tough choice for the long term good of the country is not the best political choice.

    This is why you see Obama endlessly campaigning for 5 years and for the next 3 years and also why he is a failure. He is a totally political animal. To him it is all about him and the politics about what is best for him.

    January 13, 2014 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  13. The right wing lost their damned minds

    These right wing nut jobs know they lost as long as Hillary runs. They have nothing...Not even Christie can save them. He just lost all credibility with this last fiasco...As long as it has been since bridgegate started, there is NOBODY out there that can tell me Christie didn't know anything about this..All the emails even though his name didn't come up doesn't mean he didn't know about it..

    January 13, 2014 03:51 am at 3:51 am |

    Americans showed how much they cared about Benghazi on Nov 6 2012. Delusional Guns Over People tea potty wingnuts totally deny that day ever happened. November comes quickly for all of them again.

    January 13, 2014 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
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