By Geneva Sands - 09/19/11 12:59 PM EDT
Former President Bill Clinton said he was proud of his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but that former Vice President Dick Cheney was playing politics when he floated the idea of her challenging Obama in the 2012 presidential race.
"I'm very proud of her, so I'm always gratified when anyone says anything nice about her, and I very much agree that she's done a great job, but I also have a high regard for Vice President Cheney's political skills and I think one of those great skills is sowing discord among the opposition," said Clinton on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday.
"So I think he's right that she's done a heck of a good job, but she is a member of this administration and committed to doing it, and I think he, by saying something nice about her in the way he did, knew that it might cause a little trouble. I don't want to help him succeed in his political strategy, but I admire the fact that he's still out there hitting the ball."
Cheney discussed the idea of Clinton running against President Obama in a Democratic primary during an interview with ABC News earlier this month.
Cheney called Hillary Clinton a "formidable individual," but declined to say whether she would have made a better president than Obama.
The former vice president said he believes Obama's economic record might leave him vulnerable to a challenge from the left.
"I think she’s probably the most competent person they’ve got in their Cabinet," said Cheney. "And frankly, I thought she was gonna win the nomination last time around. Maybe if the Obama record is bad enough — and these days it’s not very good, given the shape of the economy — maybe there will be enough ferment in the Democratic Party so that there will be a primary on their side."
Secretary of State Clinton responded to Cheney's comments herself, saying in an interview with CNN that there was a "below zero" percent chance she would run for president.