Hillary’s shadow looms large over Stephen Colbert’s confab with Bill Clinton

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, April 8, 2013 11:37 EDT
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Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert interviewing President Bill Clinton at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative. Photo: Screenshot via LiveStream.com.
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Appearing on the final day of this year’s Clinton Global Initiative, President Bill Clinton sat for an interview and Q&A session with Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert, during which he slyly hinted that the slate of presidential candidates in future contests will offer “a lot of talented people” for voters to choose from.

He didn’t go into specifics, of course, but his comment is sure to fuel speculation about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s potential presidential ambitions.

Clinton’s response came after taking a question about whether he would like to be able to run for president again.

“I think that, except in unusual circumstances, a two-term limit is a good thing,” he said. “If they wanted to change the rules and say okay, two terms and then lay out and then be brought back, because people are living longer and doing better, for future people that would be okay with me.”

Clinton added that he personally would not want another eight years in the White House, “because I think I have learned how to do [global charity work] and I’m not sure anyone else would be doing this,” he said.

“And I’m quite sure there will always be a lot of talented people who are dying to be president of the United States,” Clinton added with a smile.

While there is not clear indication of Hillary’s future career plans, Clinton’s former top strategist James Carville is already heading up a super PAC called “Ready for Hillary,” which began taking donations last week. Harold Ickes, another top Democratic fundraiser, announced Sunday that he is also joining the PAC’s board of directors.

This video is from the Clinton Global Initiative’s closing session, aired Sunday, April 7, 2013.

(H/T: The Political Carnival)

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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