Bill Clinton: ‘I don’t know’ whether Hillary Clinton will run for president

September 23, 2012

Saying he has "never met anybody" he thought "was a better public servant" than his wife, former president Bill Clinton said in a Sunday interview that he doesn't know whether Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will run for president in 2016, and added that she wants to take some time off and regroup after she wraps up her tenure as the nation's top diplomat. 


Former President Bill Clinton (D). (John Raoux/AP)

"I don’t know," whether Hillary Clinton will run, Bill Clinton told CBS's Bob Schieffer on "Face The Nation."

"You know she’s 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 then she immediately became the Secretary of State, and she’s tired," Clinton said. "She’s really worked hard. I think she’s done a fabulous job. I’m very proud of her. But she wants to take some time off, kind of regroup. Write a book. I hope we’ll be working together."

Clinton said he would support his wife no matter what she decides to do. 

"She's an extraordinarily able person. I've never met anybody I thought was a better public servant. But I have no earthly idea what she'll decide to do," he said. 

Hillary Clinton will step down from her role as secretary of state in 2013. When asked whether he thinks she is the most qualified person to run for president in 2016, her husband responded: "I've never met anybody I thought was any better than her at this. But again, we got a lot of able people in our party who want to be president."

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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