WASHINGTON - Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife will run for the White House in 2016, but he says it too early for the next presidential race to start.
Asked in an interview Tuesday with CNN Español Anchor/Senior Correspondent Juan Carlos López if he thinks Hillary Clinton will make another White House bid, the former President said "I don't know."
"I think, and she believes, that the country should spend at least another year working very hard on the problems we have," he continued. "We have very serious challenges in America, and we have responsibilities around the world. I think it's a big mistake, this constant four-year, peripatetic campaign is not good for America. We need to deal with the business we have before us."
While the next race for the White House doesn't really get underway for another year, until after the 2014 midterm elections, some of the early moves are already underway, with some of the potential presidential contenders making visits to the early primary and caucus states. And speculation is rampant over whether Hillary Clinton will run again. All polling indicates that if she does launch a campaign, Clinton would instantly become the overwhelming frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.
Vice President Joe Biden, a two-time presidential candidate, is also mulling a bid for the White House. And a CNN/ORC International survey conducted two weeks ago indicated that if Clinton doesn't run, Biden would be the initial favorite to capture the Democratic nomination.
Asked by López about a potential Biden run, Bill Clinton said "if he runs and he's the nominee, I'll try to help him win. I think the world of him."
"I've known him for years and years and I have a very high opinion of him. I care a great deal about him and I think he's done a good job for the President and the country," added Clinton.