Former President Bill Clinton insisted to David Letterman that he doesn’t know if his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will run for president in 2016.
“I honestly don’t know,” Clinton said during his appearance Monday night on The Late Show. “(Our daughter), Chelsea, doesn’t know, Hillary doesn’t know, and that’s a good thing for America. We should focus on those big challenges now and talk about how to get this country back on track.”
Clinton, who served as president from 1993 to 2001, lamented the near continuous presidential campaigns he said potential contenders now run in the U.S.
“President Obama had barely taken his hand off the Bible taking the oath of office for his second term until we allegedly started the next election,” Clinton said.
Instead, the former Democratic president said public officials and the media should focus on the possibility of a government shutdown and other problems facing the country.
“Why are (Republicans) trying to delay health care?” he said. “What about trying to cut all this food stamp assistance — to working people, I might add.”
Clinton said his wife was still finishing her book and setting up her early childhood initiative, Too Small To Fail, through the couple’s foundation.
“We’re having a lot of fun,” Clinton told Letterman. “We go to movies and restaurants and take walks – be a normal person. I mean, you know, at our age that counts for something.”