Bill Clinton says Hillary would make a better president

The former commander in chief says that his wife "wouldn't make as many mistakes."

Published November 4, 2005 11:33PM (EST)

Bill Clinton sounds like he's auditioning to be the U.S.'s first first gentleman.

In an interview with an Israeli TV station on Friday, Clinton suggested that his wife would do a better job than he did as president of the United States: "In some ways she would be (better) because of what we did together. First, she has the Senate experience I didn't have. Second, she would have had the eight years in the White House.

"I think she wouldn't make as many mistakes because, you know, we're older and more mature, and she is far more experienced now in all the relevant ways than I was when I took office," he added. "So I think in a way she has the best of both worlds."

What's that? Yes, you heard that right -- a former president of the United States just downplayed his own legacy to promote his wife's presidential ambitions.

By Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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