Clinton Rates Bachmann, Romney, Huntsman

Monday, 04 Jul 2011 11:04 PM

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Bill Clinton says Mitt Romney is better this time around than the last time he ran for president, he kind of likes Jon Huntsman and Michele Bachmann is  “a better candidate" than he thought, Politico reports.

Clinton mused on the 2012 GOP field at the close of the Aspen Ideas Festival on Saturday evening to a crowd of about 800.

“I’m always reluctant to say the strongest candidates, because I’m afraid I’ll kill ’em, and I don’t have the right to do that,” the former president said

“But, you know, I like the governors: I like Huntsman and Romney. Romney’s a much better candidate than he was last time, because he’s not apologizing for signing the health care bill. He’s got another creative way of saying we ought tp repeal Obamacare, but that’s probably the price of getting the nomination.

“Huntsman hasn’t said what he’s for yet, but I just kinda like him. He looks authentic — he looks like a real guy.  I mean, a real human being. I like his family, I like his kind of iconoclastic way. And he was a pretty good governor. And he wasn’t a right-wing ideologue.

“Bachmann’s been a better candidate than I thought she’d be, and I don’t agree with her on nearly anything. But she’s got a very compelling personal story, and she gotta lot of juice, and she turns a lot of those anti-government crowd.”

Clinton then said he “always thought” Obama would win.

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