Bill Clinton told Bill O’Reilly Tuesday evening that he believes President Barack Obama’s reelection chances are “a little better” than 50/50.
When asked by the Fox News host whether 50/50 is a fair assessment of Obama’s reelection chances, Clinton said, “I think they are a little better than that.”
“Because his approval’s up in the last few weeks, and because of this payroll tax where he is for it and it looks like the House may not be,” Clinton said. “Their approval rating is down to 11 percent.”
The 42nd president noted that Obama is currently “out there running against himself.”
“As soon as he gets an opponent it will be for the next four years. Who do you think is more likely to take us in the right direction?” he said.
After asking a few questions about Newt Gingrich – about whom Clinton said, “I don’t disrespect anybody who works with me in good faith” – O’Reilly wanted to know whether the former president would ever vote for the former House Speaker.
“No. I’m going to vote for Obama,” Clinton said.
“Just take the president out of the equation … Why wouldn’t you vote for Newt Gingrich?”
“I can’t take that out of the equation,” he said. “I believe in a whole different direction in energy policy. I think the president has done a good job on foreign policy. And I think that we’ve got a better economic strategy now going than the one [Gingrich] is likely to implement.”
Tuesday’s interview was the first time Clinton has been on “The O’Reilly Factor.” The Fox News host admitted this had been a long time goal of his, and explained on the “Today” show on Monday how he convinced the former president to come on his show.
“Come on, we had Hillary in. I appealed to his manhood. I said, hey, we had your wife in. Come on,” he said.
At the end of the unedited version of the interview posted on the Fox News website, Clinton and O’Reilly joked about recommending the TV host for a Cabinet position in the Obama administration.
When Clinton suggested O’Reilly look into the mortgage crisis and find a “good conservative resolution” to it, O’Reilly said, “You should suggest to President Obama that he appoint me Secretary of Housing after, if he’s reelected.”
“Are you willing to serve?” Clinton asked.
“I will tell him tonight. I will call him tonight. That’s probably the best idea he’s had,” Clinton said, as O’Reilly broke into laughter.
“Yeah I know. He’ll be really excited to hear that.”