A Bill Hillary ticket in 2016 has many Democrats excited, though former president Bill Clinton said it’s not worth speculating over right now.
Since the 2012 election ended, the questions have begun about whether Hillary Clinton would parlay her experience in the Senate and as Secretary of State into a presidential run. Bill Clinton of course would be barred from running again, but many people see him as a de-facto running mate for Hillary with a wealth of experience and contacts.
While Hillary may be running in 2016, Bill said it’s not worth wasting time over right now.
“That is the worst expenditure of our time,” Clinton said at the 2013 Fiscal Summit, where he appeared alongside Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the head of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Bill said Hillary won’t be focused on 2016, but instead will be doing work for the Clinton Foundation, writing a book, and “having a little fun being a private citizen for the first time in 20 years.”
In the meantime, Bill Clinton said he hopes politicians in Washington take on the difficult task of solving pressing issues like the national debt, ones that will make an easier road for whoever becomes president in 2016.
If a Bill Hillary 2016 run were to happen, the former Secretary of State would likely enter the race as the favorite. A poll from Quinnipiac University found that Clinton would defeat any Republican challengers, in hypothetical presidential matchups, including rising GOP star Chris Christie.
“Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton would start a 2016 presidential campaign with enormous advantages,” said the polling institute’s assistant director Peter Brown. “She obviously is by far the best known, and her more than 20 years in the public spotlight allows her to create a very favorable impression on the American people.”
While the possibility of a Bill Hillary 2016 run has Democrats excited, in reality it would create a divided party going into Democratic primaries. Vice President Joe Biden is also likely to enter the race, pitting the often overlapping support bases and fundraising machines of the Clintons and Barack Obama against each other.