Carville: Potential 2016 Clinton challengers wasting their time

James Carville said in an interview broadcast Sunday that it would be a waste of time for any Democrat to challenge Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonImpeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP GOP divided over impeachment trial strategy 'Too Far Left' hashtag trends on Twitter MORE in 2016.

“I’ve had maybe three people come up to me and say, ‘Well, I’m for somebody else other than Hillary,’ “ the Democratic strategist told host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on AM 970 in New York.

“And I know I run into more Democrats in more places than maybe anybody else in the United States,” he added.

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“Of course, Senator [Jim] Webb and Governor [Martin] O’Malley can say anything they want. But, in terms of the party, every poll that you see shows … 86 percent of the Democrats say they’re going to vote for Hillary … I don’t know how much data you can get, but who am I to tell Senator Webb or Governor O’Malley, who I both know, that you can’t run?” he asked.

“You’re not going to win. But if you want to waste your time, that’s your business.”

Carville, a columnist for The Hill, also said he doesn’t think President Obama “can take a side against Secretary Clinton,” adding that Obama has damaged the Democratic Party.

“In the South we’re kind of decimated,” Carville said.

Carville also said former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) could be a formidable candidate.

He said he’d like to see New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) or Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE run against Clinton in 2015, but added that he’s “not going to have that choice.”