Former President Clinton said he and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, aren't as politically minded as people think.
“We're not nearly as political as everyone thinks we are. We don’t sit around all the time talking about this,” he told PBS’s Judy Woodruff, when she asked him about his wife considering a 2016 presidential bid.
“We swim in the late afternoon every day. And if either one of us even mentions a political topic we will stop the other one and just talk about the weather or whatever,” he said, adding that “we don't talk about politics as much as people think.”
“I think I have a pretty good idea of the political and governmental challenges that are facing our leaders, and I’ll do whatever I can from whatever position I find myself in to advocate for the values and the policies I think are right for the country. I will just continue to weigh what the factors are that would influence me making a decision one way or the other,” she told the magazine.
Her husband echoed her words, telling PBS: “I must say, until I read the reports of her interview, it struck me that she was pretty much saying what she always did.”
The former president is on a media tour to highlight his annual Clinton Global Initiative Meeting taking place in New York this week.
He said his wife would have plenty of time to declare her intentions if she did decide to make a second presidential bid after her failed 2008 primary campaign.
“We don’t need a four-year presidential campaign,” he said. “It’s amazing how much longer they are now. She doesn’t have to declare now or in three months or six months.”
He said he expected Hillary Clinton to continue her work with their Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. She is also writing another book, scheduled to come out in June 2014.
“My advice to her has always been, get healthy, write your book, do your charitable work,” he said.
“I just want her to be happy and I think she’ll make a better decision about this political issue if she’s — everything’s going well in her life.”