Romney: In Hillary 2016, Bill Is 'Not Relevant'

Addressed gay marriage, Sochi

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 16, 2014 1:06 PM CST

(Newser) – If Hillary Clinton is the Democrats' nominee in 2016, Bill hasn't got anything to do with it, says Mitt Romney. "I don't think Bill Clinton is as relevant as Hillary Clinton," he says, as per Politico. "Hillary Clinton will have plenty to discuss about her own record, and I don't imagine that Bill Clinton is going to be a big part of it. She has her own record and her own vision." As for Romney 2016, he jokingly declined, saying, "I'm not Ronald Reagan; I think that 's been pointed out to me before." Romney also addressed gay marriage ("I think the ideal setting for raising a child is in a setting where there's a father and mother," adding, "people have the right to live their life as they want to.") and the Sochi Olympics ("There's no such thing as a 100% guarantee, but I think at this stage people feel pretty comfortable that the games will be safe.") Elsewhere on your Sunday dial:

  • NC Gov. Pat McCrory on the weather: It's "not as tough as the first episode of House of Cards, but it's been tough on all of us." He adds that economically, the storms have "hit on our budget, and it's going to be a hit on the economy, because people haven't been spending money in the past four or five days."
  • Mike Lee on ObamaCare delays: "This is a shameless act, a shameless power grab that is designed to help the president and his political party achieve a particular outcome in a partisan election."
  • John McCain on Syria: "None of us want boots on the ground, but to not revisit other options, which are viable … it’s shameful. There are viable options, there is a viable Free Syrian Army … there is still viable opposition that we can help and assist.

Ann and Mitt Romney arrive at the third annual NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in New York.
Ann and Mitt Romney arrive at the third annual NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for NFL/AP Images)
This March 15, 2013 file photo shows Mitt Romney at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md.
This March 15, 2013 file photo shows Mitt Romney at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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