Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBill Clinton shares video update after release from hospital Biden, Democrats risk everything unless they follow the Clinton pivot (they won't) Giuliani picks Abe Lincoln filter for attack against McAuliffe MORE said Sunday that the “vast right-wing conspiracy” that worked against his presidency is alive and well, albeit in slightly reduced numbers.
“It's not as strong as it was, because America has changed demographically. But it's as virulent as it was,” Clinton said on NBC’s "Meet the Press."
Clinton went on to say that the things being said about President Barack Obama are “like when they accused me of murder.”
He said it’s poisonous for the nation.
“It's not really good for the Republicans and the country, what's going on now,” Clinton said. “I mean, they may be hurting President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama pays tribute to Merkel Supreme Court agrees to review Texas's 6-week abortion ban Youngkin to launch bus tour on same day as Obama, McAuliffe event in Virginia MORE – they can take his numbers down, they can run his opposition up – but, fundamentally, he and his team have a positive agenda for America. (Republicans’) agenda seems to be wanting him to fail.”
Clinton said that, despite their politically motivated tactics, Republicans won’t be able to take back their House and Senate majorities in 2010, as they did in the first midterm under him in 1994.
They would need to win 40 House seats and 10 Senate seats next year in order to do so.
“No. 1, the country is more diverse and more interested in positive action,” Clinton said. “No. 2, they've seen this movie before, because they had eight years under President Bush, when the Republicans finally had the whole government, and they know the results were bad. And No. 3, the Democrats haven't taken on the gun lobby like I did, and they took 15 of our members out. So whatever happens, it'll be manageable for the president.”
Clinton also said he would not return to public life or public office, saying that it was his wife’s turn to play that role. When asked if she would run for president again, Clinton noted he and his wife’s advancing ages but didn’t rule it out.
He said he didn’t fault Obama for anything he’s done in trying to pass healthcare reform, which was a top policy failure of the Clinton administration in the 1990s and remains a tough slog for the current president today.
The former president said he was counting on Obama’s success on healthcare and other issues like energy.
“The change is hard, but I think we're going to get a health care bill,” Clinton said. “And I think he can then swing into the energy, and I think he'll get an energy bill. I think he's going to succeed.”