Bill Clinton believes it would be foolish for any Democratic presidential candidate to attempt to run on President Obama’s economic record in 2016.
“That’s not what anybody should do,” Clinton told NBC’s David Gregory during an interview that aired Sunday on Meet the Press. ”You should run on making it better. But he didn’t cause the meltdown. The actions that his administration took kept it from being worse. And there had been a concerted effort to stop implementing his economic plan in the second term so none of you have any idea whether they would have worked or not.”
That comment came in response to Gregory asking, “What challenges would a Democratic candidate for president face running on the Obama economy?”
Clinton said he doesn’t know if his wife will run for president, though. “I’m a footsoldier in an army,” he said. ”I will do what I am instructed to do.”
The former president also tried to help mitigate the public-relations problem caused when Hillary Clinton said they were “dead broke” when they left the White House.
“It is factually true that we were several million dollars in debt,” Clinton said. ”Everybody now assumes that what happened in the intervening years was automatic; I’m shocked that it’s happened. I’m shocked that people still want me to come give talks.”