Clinton: Don't know if Hillary will run

Sept. 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said Sunday he doesn't know if his wife Hillary Clinton will ever run for president, but he would support her all the way.

Hillary Clinton, a failed presidential candidate in 2008, has said she would step down as U.S. secretary of state after the presidential election, fueling speculation she might run for the presidency again in 2016.

Asked in CBS's "Face the Nation" if his wife will run, Clinton said, "I don't know. You know, she has worked hard for 20 years. We had eight years in the White House, then she ran for the Senate. She served in New York for eight years and then she immediately became secretary of state.

"And she is tired. ... But she wants to take some time off, kind of regroup, write a book, I hope we will be working together."

Asked if she would be the most qualified person to run, Clinton said, "I have never met anybody I thought was any better than her at this. But, again, we have got a lot of able people in our party who want to be president. ... Whatever she does I am for her first, last and always. She is the ablest -- I know I am biased -- but I think she demonstrated as senator and as secretary of state that she has extraordinary ability."

As for the present race between President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, Clinton said, "I think that the president is winning, and winning in the swing states. I think that the Republican super PACs and the Romney campaign combined will out spend the Democrats probably two and a half, three to one here on in. ... I think the president will win."

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