Bill Clinton: 'No Earthly Idea' If Hillary Will Run

Bubba's not exactly ruling it out; plus, more on the 47%
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2012 10:43 AM CDT
Bill Clinton: 'No Earthly Idea' If Hillary Will Run
Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a campaign event, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton may or may not run for president in 2016, but Bill Clinton is doing nothing to disabuse supporters of their hopes, reports Politico. Appearing today on Face the Nation, Clinton said, "I have no earthly idea what she'll decide to do," before repeating the oft-repeated line that "she's worked hard for 20 years, and she's tired." One definite: "She wants to take some time off, kind of regroup, write a book, I hope we'll be working together" on the Clinton Global Initiative. "I think we ought to give her a chance to organize her life and decide what she wants to do," he concluded. Elsewhere on your Sunday dial, as per Politico:

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  • David Brooks on Mitt Romney: "Romney does not have the passion. He’s a problem solver. I think he’s a non-ideological person running in an extremely ideological age, and he’s faking it. So if I were him, I’d go to what he’s been for the last several decades: be a PowerPoint guy. Say ‘I’m making a sales pitch to the country. You don’t have to love me but I’m going to do these four things for you.’"
  • Kelly Ayotte on Romney's 47% gaffe: “That certainly was a political analysis at a fundraiser, but it’s not a governing philosophy. He absolutely has a vision for 100% of America. And that is very different from this president.”
  • Reince Priebus on GOP's 'good week': "I think in retrospect, in that we were able to frame up the debate." Of Romney's GOP critics: I respect and I admire people that get very concerned."
  • David Axelrod on GOP's 'good week': "Well, I don't know what prism he's looking through. I don't think anybody else would define it as a good week."
  • And Axelrod on Romney's taxes: "Two months ago, he said that anybody who didn't take the deductions they were owed wasn't qualified to be president. Well, I guess he's not qualified, because that's exactly what he did last week to try and get his number up from 9% or 10% to 14%."
(Read more Clinton 2016 stories.)

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