What Bill Clinton thinks of GOP 2012ers
ASPEN, Colo. — Bill Clinton thinks Mitt Romney is much improved from his last presidential run, admits he kind of likes Jon Huntsman and says Michele Bachmann is looking like “a better candidate than he thought.
The former president went on to say that he believes President Barack Obama will win in 2012 and outlined what he believes would be a winning argument.
Clinton, looking trim and sounding vital, gave his meandering critique of the presidential field in a last-minute, hourlong appearance in a huge white tent at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Saturday evening, in response to the final question by moderator Ron Brownstein.
“I’m always reluctant to say the strongest candidates, because I’m afraid I’ll kill ’em, and I don’t have the right to do that,” the former president said, to chuckles from the audience of 800.
“But, y’know, I like the governors: I like Huntsman and Romney. Romney’s a much better candidate than he was last time, because he’s not apologizing for signing the health care bill. He’s got another creative way of saying we oughta repeal Obamacare, but that’s prob’ly the price of gettin’ the nomination.
“Huntsman hasn’t said what he’s for yet, but I just kinda like him. [laughter] He looks authentic — he looks like a real guy. [laughter] I mean, a real human being. I like his family, I like his kind of iconoclastic way. And he was a pretty good governor. And he wasn’t a right-wing ideologue.