Clinton on Role of Presidential Spouse: 'I Am Probably Still Going to Pick the Flowers and the China'

She said her husband would be more than a tour guide.

Clinton smiled and included masculine and feminine pronouns in her answer, leaving the door open for her husband as the first man to hold the role of presidential spouse.

"So whoever is part of the family of a president has an extraordinary privilege of not only having a front row seat on history, but making her or maybe his contribution,” said Clinton. “And with respect to my own husband, I am probably still going to pick the flowers and the china for state dinners and stuff like that."

Clinton continued to say that her husband would be more than just a tour guide, though. “I will certainly turn to him as prior presidents have for special missions, for advice, and in particular how we're going to get the economy working again for everybody, which he knows a little bit about,” said Clinton.

The former first lady had spoken of what her husband’s role might be if she is elected president several times, but this is the first time she has done so on a debate stage.

O’Malley also shared sentimental thoughts on his wife Katie. “Katie has never been a person who let her husband's professional choices get in the way of following her dreams,” he said.