WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Former President Bill Clinton hinted that his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton would rather be a grandmother than make a run for the White House.
“If you ask her, I’d think she’d say grandmother,” the former president told “CBS This Morning.”
Chelsea Clinton, 33, married husband Marc Mezvinsky in 2010 and is currently working for the Clinton Global Initiative.
The former president wants to become a grandfather, despite his daughter’s busy schedule.
“I have found it best not to discuss that issue” with my daughter, Clinton said, before joking, “My goal is to live to be a grandfather.”
The former president has had health scares over the years, including quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 and two coronary stents implanted in 2010 after he was rushed to the hospital complaining of chest pains.
Clinton also told David Letterman Monday night that he didn’t know if the former secretary of state will run for president in 2016.
“You know that if I did know, I wouldn’t tell you,” Clinton told Letterman. “But I honestly don’t know, Chelsea doesn’t know, and Hillary doesn’t know.”
Hillary Clinton told New York Magazine that she is wrestling with running for president again but remains “pragmatic and realistic” as she considers a potential White House campaign in 2016.
“I’m not in any hurry. I think it’s a serious decision, not to be made lightly, but it’s also not one that has to be made soon,” Clinton said in the article posted online Sunday. “This election is more than three years away, and I just don’t think it’s good for the country.” It was Clinton’s first interview since departing as President Barack Obama’s top diplomat in February.
The former first lady is the leading contender for the Democratic nomination if she chooses to run. Democrats are watching her moves closely for any indication of her decision, which could have a major influence on whether others decide to enter the race. Potential contenders include Vice President Joe Biden, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
The Clintons are holding their annual Clinton Global Initiative meetings in New York this week.
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