WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Rupert Murdoch hints he could vote for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.
The 83-year-old billionaire told Fortune Magazine that it will come down to who will be the Republican nominee.
“It would depend on the Republican candidate totally,” Murdoch told Fortune.
Murdoch says he “could live with Hillary as president.”
“We have to live with who we get,” Murdoch explained to Fortune. “We don’t have any choice.”
Clinton has been traveling the country giving paid speeches to industry organizations and appearing before a variety of constituency groups that comprise the Democratic party. During a speech in San Francisco on Tuesday, Clinton said she was seriously considering a presidential bid and all it would entail.
“The hard questions are not, ‘Do you want to be president?’ ‘Can you win?’ The hard questions are, ‘Why? Why would you want to do this?’ and “What? What could you offer that could make a difference?” she said.
The CEO of News Corp did say, though, that his top two choices would be former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee.
“It’s not necessarily, although slightly, in order of preference: Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, whom I have particular admiration for. I do for both,” Murdoch told Fortune. [Gov. Chris] Christie could recover. Scott Walker, whom I don’t know, and Rand Paul, whom I agree with on a great number of things but disagree strongly on some things — too strongly perhaps to vote for him.”
Murdoch described Ryan as “the straightest arrow I’ve ever met.”
Murdoch also discussed his divorce from Wendi Deng in the interview.
“I was in an unhappy situation, and all I’m worried about or do worry about is two beautiful little girls from that marriage [to Wendi Deng, whom he divorced last November]. And they come and stay with me a great deal,” Murdoch said. “I feel like I’ve turned over a new page in my life.”
He also said he was “shocked” about Deng’s alleged diary entries of other men. Deng was rumored to have had an affair with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
This was the first wide-ranging interview Murdoch has given since 2009.
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