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Bill Clinton Hopes For Female President; “No Idea” If Hillary Will Run

Former president Bill Clinton kept a discreet yet hopeful tone at a conference in Beijing where he said that, although he wishes to see a female in the Oval Office, he has “no idea” if he’ll be the first “first husband.”

Aside from his personal hopes for having a woman president, Clinton added that “it would be a good thing for the world as well as for America.” Clinton also commended the former Secretary of State as the “ablest public servant” he’s worked with.

Nonetheless, he stopped just short of confirming a 2016 run. “If I knew the answer to that, I couldn’t say,” he hinted. “But I can give you an honest answer: I have no idea.

Clinton confessed that he believes his wife is “less motivated … by a year of failure,” but that he will support her decision.

“If that’s what she wants to do, I will support her. But if she decides for whatever reason she doesn’t, I will support that,” he said.

Though the Clinton’s have been wary of making hasty election announcements, polls have placed Hillary as a favorite for the White House in 2016. Additionally, the “Ready for Hillary” super PAC, a group dedicated to funding a potential bid, held its first strategy meeting earlier this month, adding more fuel to speculation for the possibility of having the former first lady on the campaign trail once more.

Ready for Hillary has already gathered about a million members for its mailing list, roughly half the size gathered up until the suspension of Clinton’s 2008 campaign, but still has no official 2016 candidate.

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