Clinton on GOP primary: 'More like the Kentucky Derby than Belmont'
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Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBiden's climate plans can cut emissions and also be good politics Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Obama: 'Hopeless' to try to sell as many books as Michelle MORE’s assessment of the field of GOP presidential candidates?

“Well, there's a lot of them," he said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” 


"It looks more like the Kentucky Derby than Belmont,” added the husband of Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonValadao unseats Cox in election rematch Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Federal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work MORE, referring to two legs of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

The Kentucky Derby, with a 20-horse field, is often nearly double the size of the Belmont.

And Clinton couldn’t resist giving a shout out to American Pharoah, the horse that just became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

“I like that horse, American Pharoah,” he quipped. “That was amazing.”

On a more serious note, Clinton said GOP primary voters have a difficult task in 2016.

“I sympathize with the question of how the primary voters are going to decide who to vote for,” Clinton said. “I don't know how you listen to 12 people in a televised debate.”

“It may be harder this year than before to figure out who's the most electable candidate,” he added.

But the potential future first man gave the Republicans credit for fielding a breadth of candidates.

“First of all, they've got a lot of youth, they've got a lot of energy,” Clinton said. “They've got some significant diversity and they're no dummies.”

Still, he knocked the policy positions of his wife’s potential opponents.

“They still believe trickle-down economics works better than investment and — and their convictions are so great that they're undeterred by evidence — that's always amazing to me,” Clinton said.