Bill Clinton Says He’s No Longer Good At Campaigning

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Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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The Clintons’ like to keep those expectations low.

And so it is in the May issue of Town & Country, where Bill Clinton graces the cover and says ridiculous things that no one in his or her right mind should believe.

This part is believable. He says his top priority is to keep The Clinton Foundation alive — even if it means eventually changing some things regarding those pesky rules on foreign donations if he has to.

Hillary getting elected to the White House, meanwhile, is second fiddle.

In the story, which includes a picture of Bill with his hand wrapped around a tree trunk in Haiti, he hints that he may not always run his foundation, but says it’s still his priority. “Whether I’m running it or not,” he says, alluding to possible changes on the horizon.

And then this fib about his campaigning skills.

“I’ve told Hillary that I don’t think I’m good [at campaigning] anymore because I’m not mad at anybody,” he said. “I’m a grandfather, and I got to see my granddaughter last night, and I can’t be mad.”

Bill Clinton no longer good at campaigning?

He does at least entertain the idea of his wife running for president.

But he insists he’ll take a back seat.

“I think it’s important, and Hillary does too, that she go out there as if she’s never run for anything before and establish her connection with the voters,” he says. “And that my role should primarily be as a backstage adviser to her until we get much, much closer to the election. So our plan is to spend this whole year working on the foundation, which is, by a good long stretch, the most transparent of all the presidential foundations and more transparent than a lot of other major foundations in the country. It should be, both because I believe in it and because Hillary is in public life, and we’ll get criticized, as some people are criticizing me, for taking money from a foreign government.”

The mag hits newsstands April 14.