Skip to comments.Bill Clinton 'looked into running for vice president under Hillary'
Posted on 08/31/2007 7:13:11 AM PDT by presidio9
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told a talk show her husband, Bill, had "looked into" running as her vice president.
Appearing on the David Letterman show on Thursday, the talk-show host asked if Bill Clinton could serve as her vice president should she be elected to the White House.
But the former first lady acknowledged that he could not. "Believe me," she joked, "he looked into that."
She also remarked that if the Constitution didn't forbid a president from a third term, "he might be running."
The interivew marked Clinton's seventh appearance on "The Late Show," which was celebrating its 14th anniversary on CBS.
She first appeared on February 14, 1994, when Letterman's mother, Dorothy, interviewed her briefly from the Winter Olympics in Norway.
On Thursday's show, Clinton recounted a summer in Alaska during which she donned boots and an apron to gut salmon with a spoon.
"Best preparation for being in Washington that you can possibly imagine," she joked.
Clinton talked shop, too, discussing the need for campaign finance reform, how to pull troops out of Iraq and the importance of caring for wounded veterans.
She said that while resistance to a female commander in chief has diminished, it hasn't disappeared.
"I think it's not so much that people don't think a woman can do the job, it's just that we've never done it before," she said.
"I'm not running because I'm a woman; I'm running because I think I'm the best-qualified and experienced person who can do the job. But I know that it's a big deal that I might be the first woman president."
Clinton also read a "Top Ten List" of tongue-in-cheek campaign promises, including No. 3: "We will finally have a president who doesn't mind pulling over and asking for directions."
That would be something new for him.
The flies just cannot keep away from the excrement pile....
Apparently, the Constitution’s express prohibition of that doesn’t deter these guys.
Wow, what a wonderful piece of “journalism.”
Constitution? We don’t need no stinkin constitution.
Yet again our founders protect the country from the stupidity of its voters....
SAY HONEST???!!! THAT would be tooooo rich!
Will these two ever go away.
Words fail me.
"Mr Hsu, please pick up the white courtesy phone, Mr Hsu..."
David Letterman is the comedian for people who don’t like humor.
Of course not.
Ever since their hero, FDR, declared that the “general welfare clause” allowed the federal government to do ANYTHING, leftists just don’t value the restrictions of the founders.
Here’s an interesting line of “logic” from that era:
If a man grows wheat for HIS OWN USE, he is affecting interstate commerce because if he didn’t grow it, he’d have to buy it on the open market. Therefore, private wheat production is subject to federal regulation.
He could be named VP for the last two years of her term to replace someone who mysteriously met his demise.
Is that really true? I thought no one could be VP who was not eligible to serve as president, as he would not be.
Because it hurts more.
dave was very respectful and not confrontational at all... no questions about how she would fight the war on terror...
The “third term” prohibition didn’t come til after FDR......
I’m series, this is hugh! This is the Eleanor Roosevelt scenario, yes?
It was Letterman. Does the Daily Mail need to have the concept of a ‘joke’ explained to them?
“Yet again our founders protect the country from the stupidity of its voters....”
The founders had no idea that we’d last this long and get this stupid. I believe we have FDR’s run to thank for saving us from another run by slick Willie.
hillary said on letterman last night that she would never have a VP that shot anyone in the face, but we all know what bill did with monica
Hopefully we'll be rid of them in 75 years or so...
Maybe, maybe not.
“While it is clear that under the Twelfth Amendment the original constitutional qualifications of age, citizenship, and residency apply to both the president and vice president, it is unclear if a two-term president could later be electedor appointedvice president. Some argue that the Twenty-second Amendment and Twelfth Amendment bar any two-term president from later serving as vice president as well as from succeeding to the presidency from any point in the United States Presidential line of succession. Others contend that while a two-term president is ineligible to be elected or appointed to the office of Vice President, he could succeed from a lower position in the line of succession which he is not excluded from holding. Others contend that the Twelfth Amendment concerns qualification for service, while the Twenty-second Amendment concerns qualifications for election. Neither theory has ever been tested, as no former president has ever sought the vice presidency, and thus, the courts have never had an opportunity to decide the question.”
Since the presidency of George Washington, only one thing could be said to be totally consistent - that no President had the job for more than two full terms. Washington had been asked to run for a third term in 1796, but he made it quite clear that he had no intention of doing so; that an orderly transition of power was needed to set the Constitution in stone. And so it was for almost 150 years.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was first elected President in 1932, and re-elected in 1936. When it came time for the Democrats to nominate a candidate for the Presidency in 1940, two things had happened. First, the Republicans had made great gains in Congress in the 1938 elections. And Hitler happened. Europe was in the throes of a great war, with trouble in the Pacific, too. A change away from Roosevelt, who had led the nation through the Great Depression, did not seem wise. He was nominated for an unprecedented third term, and won. It was not a landslide victory, however, and it is debatable that FDR would have had a third term had it not been for the war. When 1944 rolled around, changing leaders in the middle of World War II, which the United States was now fully engaged in, also seemed unwise, and FDR ran for and was elected to, a fourth term.
His life was nearly over, however, and his Vice President, Harry Truman, became President upon FDR's death less than 100 days after his inauguration. Though FDR's leadership was seen by many as a key reason that the U.S. came out of WWII victorious, the Congress was determined, once the war ended, to ensure that Washington's self-imposed two-term limit become the law of the land. Specifically excepting Truman from its provisions, the 22nd Amendment passed Congress on March 21, 1947. After Truman won a second term in 1948, it was ratified on February 27, 1951 (1,439 days). Truman could have run for a third term, but bowed out early before campaigning began.
Unashamed law breakers.
By “looking into”, they mean they looked for ways around the laws in the Constitution that forbid his running a third time; ways around the very laws that he once swore, and would swear again if given the chance, to uphold.
Yeah and why stop 2017? Jeb Bush can follow 2017-2025. Chelsea Clinton will be old enough then to take over. LOL.
This sounds like another one of her tall tales like the farm in Chicago or being named after Sir Edmund Hillary. Has she ever even been to Alaska?
I’ll bet he did look into it.I wonder if she thinks she would be safe with such an arrangement. He wants back in the Oval office as much as she does, and unlike Hillary, Bill doesn’t need his spouse.
Those double dynasty predictions eat my shorts.
PINGING PINK DOLPHIN! :o)
I predicted this here on FR in 2000!
Actually, it was the 22nd Amendment.
No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.
That would be something new for him.”
Not at all......Bill was a figure head playboy. He enjoyed the lifestyle, money, woman, fame.
Hillary......power hungry! I think she ran the show.
Not so much our Founders as some mid-twentieth cewntury politicians (although Washington did set up the two term tradition, which FDR ignored).
We desperately need term limits for all U.S. Senators and Representatives. In general, the worst, most self-serving individuals in Congress are those who have been there the longest. These people are causing great harm to America and her future.
Didn’t klintoon try and get the 22nd Amendment repealed while he was in office?
I think what he was looking into was how to “spin” (lie about, misrepresent) the requirements of the veep so that he could serve as veep while the law forbids it. That makes more sense, knowing what a bunch of scumbag criminals the Clintons are and their mafioso-like machine.
That was one expensive lesson.
The three-term prohibition wasn’t added by the Founders.
A Clinton/Clinton administration would be anything but for the general welfare.
We do need some new blood, but the best way to accomplish that is through elections. Did you know that since 1952, there has been a Bush, Nixon, or Dole on every Republican ticket except 1964?
“gut salmon with a spoon?” Most would use a knife.
He'd have a hard time making that case. The 12th Amendment says that no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States. It also says that the President and Vice President cannot be from the same state. As husband and wife the Clintons would have a hard time establishing that.
That's funny, what about: Margaret Thatcher, Benazir Bhutto, Catherine the Great, Mary Queen of Scots, Cory Aquino, Angela Merkel, Etc.
Anyone here surprised that the first to break this ‘gentleman’s agreement’ was a Democrat?