Bill Clinton: ‘I Hope We Have A Woman President In My Lifetime’

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Former President Bill Clinton gives a speech in Beijing on Nov. 18, 2013. (credit: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Former President Bill Clinton gives a speech in Beijing on Nov. 18, 2013. (credit: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

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BEIJING (CBS DC/AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is hoping to see a woman run the White House one day.

Speaking in Beijing at a conference organized by Chinese financial magazine Caijing, Clinton believes it would be a great thing for the world if a woman became president of the United States.

“I hope we have a woman president in my lifetime and I think it would be a good thing for the world as well as for America,” Clinton told those in attendance, according to AFP.

He did not indicate though whether his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, will run for president in 2016.

“But I do not know if she’s going to run, and there is no such thing as a sure thing in politics,” he said, according to AFP.

Clinton said he will support his wife’s decision whether to run or not.

“If that’s what she wants to do, I will support her,” he stated. “But if she decides for whatever reason she doesn’t, I will support that.”

Clinton doesn’t believe health will play a factor in a possible decision.

“It’s very interesting for us; we still feel young and we still feel healthy,” Clinton said, adding he believes Hillary now is “less motivated … by a fear of failure,” according to AFP.

In an interview earlier this year with New York Magazine, Hillary Clinton said she is “pragmatic and realistic” about 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. “This election is more than three years away, and I just don’t think it’s good for the country.”

Many polls have Clinton as the favorite to claim the White House in 2016.

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