Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonHouse Democrat pledges 'there will be open hearings' in impeachment inquiry Democrats dig in ahead of Supreme Court ruling on 'Dreamers' Even with likely Trump impeachment, Democrats face uphill climb to win presidency MORE on Wednesday joked about his need not to make headlines, as Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Clinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race Saagar Enjeti: Clinton remarks on Gabbard 'shows just how deep the rot in our system goes' MORE considers a presidential run.

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"The great thing about not being president anymore is you can just say whatever you want," Clinton said at a speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors. 

Then he paused. 

"Unless your wife might run for something, then you can say whatever you want as long as you don't make any headlines," he added, to laughs. 

Clinton has, at times in fact, drawn headlines for his comments, such as when he agreed last month in Iowa that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was "not the guy" to make peace. 

In the 2008 primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaUK judge denies Assange bid to delay extradition hearing Trump's eye-opening scorecard on border security Why Americans should look at the Middle East through the eyes of its youth MORE, Bill Clinton drew fire for calling claims by Obama a "fairy tale" in the run-up to the South Carolina primary.  

Clinton was speaking Wednesday at his presidential library in Little Rock, Ark., and touched on the upcoming presidential election in another way. 

He said of crime policies in the United States that we "sent everybody to jail for too long," according to MSNBC.

“I think in this next step, where we’re going to be apparently debating all this, and as the presidential election approaches, we’ll start to have a discussion of all of this," he added.