Transcript for 'This Week': Bill Clinton on Hillary 2016
Which has kept the buzz about hillary in 2016 a little high for president clinton's comfort. He did his best to tamp it down in our interview but opened up about possible threats at another run. I was really struck by something that lindsey graham said, from now on after tuesday's meeting I'm going to call it clinton care. If it's a huge success. She'll win the presidency. Then she needs to own the result of embracing this bill. How worried are you about that for 2016? Not at all. Not at all. There are some similarities in his bill and the one we proposed. His bill has already produced a lot of good results. Look, they're desperate for this bill to fail, because if it's not a failure, everything they have been telling us since 1980, the government's bad. It's wrong. They so badly want it to fail. I have never seen -- can you remember a time in your lifetime when a major political party was just sitting around begging for america to fail? I don't know what will happen. I will be shocked it fails. I think when all of these dire predictions don't pan out, I'll believe that pretty soon the next several years, this will be like medicare and medicaid. And normal part of our lives. A big plus in the next election. Yeah. I know you can't answer anything about 2016, when you look back to the last campaign, if you can boil it down to one, what is the big lesson you learned from it? Two things, you've got to have a plan for the future that relates to the people. You know, this is not about the candidates this is not about the candidates as much as it is about having a plan for the future. Secondly, you have to have a strategy of presenting your true self to the voters in an environment where there's unprecedented opportunities for those who don't want you to win, to paint a different picture of your true self and, yeah, it helps, it really matters, you have to merge high-tech with grassroots. I still think we have way too many caucuses that aren't democratic. Unlike primaries, they don't have legal enforcement. You can talk about all of that stuff. And we have learned that it's a strategy in modern life to make -- to reverse plastic surgery on people so people don't know who you are. But 2008 was way more complicated, two extraordinarily gifted people with great skills, particularly president obama, he had been in more races than hillary had by far. Her first primary election in her life was the presidential primary of 2008. So, you know, that was exciting thing. We may never see anything like that again. In our lifetime. It was a pretty titanic battle? Yeah, and he had a better states. One of the things I missed is how much the calendar changed, for example from '92 to 2008. I don't know -- I just have no idea how to answer your question. You just answered it pretty well. The next one will be better, will be different, whether she's in or not. They're all different. And the main thing, you must learn the lessons of your mistakes and your failures, without becoming the general who fights the last war, because every new encounter will be with -- shaped with different forces.
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