Bill, “will she listen to your advice?”

By Jake Whitman

Dec 11, 2007 1:53am

ABC News’ Christine Byun reports: Despite weather delays and an interruption by a "robot" protestor, former President Bill Clinton appealed to Iowans for their support in electing his wife and former first lady, Hillary Clinton, as the next President.

At four different stops Monday, he spoke about his wife and her experience in both the Senate and the White House, touting her ability to "get things done." Throughout the day, the former president was asked many times by audience members what he’d do if Hillary is elected president.

"What project are you planning on working on …?" asked one woman.

Clinton answered that he would probably be sent out to different countries to "say America is in the cooperation and friendship business again."

“I’m gonna do what she asks me to do because there could only be one President at once,” Clinton said, adding that he would defer to her cabinet.

"Will she listen to your advice?" pondered another woman.

"We’ve been listening to each other’s advice for 35 years, of course. But she’ll make the final decision and you should feel good about that,” Clinton said, adding, "Most of the time in the last 35 years, when we’ve disagreed, time has proved her right instead of me."

A young man asked Clinton whether he should be able to participate in the state’s caucus as an out-of-state student. He responded that it’s a "matter of conscience."

"If you consider yourself and your political persona, as primarily involved in Iowa, then I think it’s time for you to register and caucus. But, if would or if you could, go right back home to Minnesota or wherever you’re from … and this is a one-off deal, I don’t think it’s right. Even if it benefits Hillary," Clinton said.

The former president also threw a barb at the current administration for being too "isolated," which he assured would never happen to Hillary.

"One of the things every president has to worry about is becoming isolated. I think it really hurt President Bush with all those extreme ideological people there and nobody else could get in a word edgewise," he said.

Clinton nearly spoke for two hours at his last stop of the day, taking question upon question from audience members at Iowa University. The beginning of his speech was interrupted by a protestor dressed as a robot, who jumped onto the press riser and threw pieces of paper into the audience.

"You need to find more environmentally responsible ways to protest," Clinton said, continuing on with his speech.

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