Skip to comments.Bill Clinton ruled out running as HRC's VP (on tonight's Letterman)
Posted on 09/04/2007 7:35:43 PM PDT by RDTF
Bill Clinton ruled out running as HRC's VP tonight during a taping of the CBS's LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.
Dave: Now there was a discussion last week, and there is I guess a greater discussion, and theres some confusion, and maybe Im the only one confused about the eligibility of a man who has been elected twice as President to possibly be named later on the ticket as Vice President. Constitutionally speaking, can that happen?
Clinton: I dont believe so. There are some people who believe it can, and they have contorted readings of the amendment, the 22nd Amendment. But I believe as a matter of general interpretation, youre supposed to read all the Constitution including all the Amendments as if they were written almost on the same day at the same moment, so theyre consistent with one another. And the Constitution says the qualifications for Vice President are the same as those for President. Now you can read that to mean to serve, not to run for. But I just dont believe its consistent with the spirit of the Constitution for someone whos been President twice to be elected Vice President. I just dont think its Constitutional. I dont think its right and I wouldnt want to do that. Id want to do whatever I could do to be of highest and best use for her, but there are lots of wonderful people out there, including all the people that are running this time would be good Vice Presidents. And, thats just not in the cards.
He is not eligible. Just why is this news to Liberals?
Because they do not read?
He sounds like he got his knowledge of Constitutional Law from the back of a cereal box. What a bunch of gibberish!
But he’s right about one thing, he CAN NOT run again, for either office. And for that, America is grateful.
what difference does it make? he’ll be in the whitehouse when she gets sworn in anyway.
she was “co-president” for two terms. isn’t she precluded from serving a third term? (she was allowed to make proclamations then, she’ll be able to make extra-constitutional proclamations when she gets elected one supposes.)
“I dont believe so. There are some people who believe it can, and they have contorted readings of the amendment, the 22nd Amendment.”
From the guy that wrestled with the definition of “IS”?
it’s heartening that insiders at Letterman are Drudge ‘sources’
And besides, Hillary—whatever her other flaws, and they are legion—is not stupid. At least not stupid enough to put Bubba one of her heartbeats away from (a) another shot at the Presidency and (b) the opportunity to date with a clear conscience. Too much temptation.
Let me see, he’s been elected twice and he is from the same state as his wife. Pick a reason why, constitutionally, he can’t be VP.
Do they think we are all idiots?
AW MAN! I was hoping Bill Clinton was eligible! < /extreme sarcasm >
Dave is what we call a sell out. When Clinton was Rapist-in-Chief, and getting Lewinskys in the Oral Office, Dave was pummeling him on nightly basis. He used to joke about Clinton jogging and his pasty white thighs and how Warren Christopher was mistaken for a yard gnome, and all kind of jokes about the blue dress. But now that Dave has sold out, he just cannot get enough kissing up to the pathetic likes Billy Boy.
Would he do her in the orval office?
Dave is what we call a sell out.
Not really - you can’t sell something you never had. Dave is a hard core liberal down to his bitter soul. Just look at his guest list for the past few weeks - every lib / rat needing some public exposure gets a forum, conservatives need not apply. Of course, it can be argued that the kind of folks who still watch Letterman are probably not the most informed voters in the world anyway - such a shame, I can remember a long time ago when Dave was actually funny.
I think the reason former President Clinton wouldn’t want to be Vice President is because his office would be subject to congressional oversight. I don’t see why he couldn’t be just as influential as a non-elected, non-appointed private citizen. When Bill Clinton tells Beijing at a dinner party that they can have Taiwan if they’d just sign President Hillary Clinton’s “Clean Air Treaty of 2010”, they can be confident he’s speaking for the President even if it’s not coming from a formal official.
Letterman obviously thinks all his viewers are. He may be right at that.
I can remember a long time ago when Dave was actually funny.
I would argue that was when he was funny, before he sold out. Dave was from Indiana, a very conservative state and he drew on that upbringing for his humor. Now he has been overtaken by the snobbishness of rich Connecticut elitism. Dave's humor used to be known as irreverent, and he made fun of all the pretense of show business, in a way biting the hand that fed him. At one time, Cher and Oprah publicly declared their dislike of him. That, is a good thing in my book. But no more, he sold out and he has kissed and made up with all that he offended. Late show hosts historically have not been very political. Jack Paar openly disdained politicians by saying he NEVER voted, it only encouraged them. Johnny Carson was able to walk the fine line of staying out of politics, the only exception being, when he understood that JFK was brought down by a conspiracy, and became very cozy with Jim Garrison, and then realized that was not wise career decision or career direction and dropped it like a lead balloon.
Do they think we are all idiots?
One word.... YES
Well maybe not US, but the stupes that would vote for “any klintoon” again really are stupid enough to say “AHH, too bad, guess we’ll just have to settle for hitlery”.
That’s funny, so didn’t the Constitution.
so did, that is.
Klintoon could not be VP anyway. He’s Constitutionally ineligible. The Constitution clearly says that anyone who is not eligible for the office of President (as Klintoon is not, having served the maximum two terms) is not eligible for the office of Vice President.
Why don’t people understand this?
Clinton was a failure. Her husband won’t help her new administration.
Get over it libs...
The Constitution does not say that the President and Vice President cannot be from teh same state. It says that the electors from that state cannot vote for both of them. ("...one of whom, at least, shall not be from the same state as themselves.")
I guess I never read it that way. Oh well, you learn something new every day. I guess I AM an idiot!
Most people read it the way you did and that is its practical effect. But it’s not quite what it actually says.
I detest lawyers. Even framer ones. Why can’t people just say what they mean—or at least say it in a way that is understandable. I’ve probably read that 100 times, and never caught it.
Wish I had a dollar everytime he used the word “I”.