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'The View': Bill Clinton says Hillary Clinton would have accepted vice presidential nomination

September 22, 2008 |  2:48 pm

Sen. Hillary Clinton would have accepted the offer to be Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s running mate had she been asked, husband and former President Bill Clinton told the hosts of “The View” on Monday.

But –- no surprises here -- she didn’t actually want the job. “Not really, no,” Clinton said. “She said if [Obama] asked, she would have said, ‘I’ll do it because it's my duty.’ But look, she loves being a senator for New York.”

When asked about controversial Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Clinton didn’t weigh in either way, saying only that he didn’t begrudge her her fans.

“You can’t tell someone else that the ground that they make their voting decisions on is irrational. Even if it’s against their economic interests. None of us define our lives primarily or exclusively in economic terms,” he said.

“We can’t tell anybody that they don’t know what they’re doing because they voted for X candidate instead of Y.”

Clinton didn’t make the full-court press for Obama on the show either, saying, “I genuinely like both [candidates]. I genuinely admire both of them.” He added, “We make a terrible mistake believing we have to find something wrong with the people we can’t vote for.”

However, Clinton did say that he expects Obama to step into the Oval Office come January, boiling it down to a matter of voting logistics:

“Two-thirds of the American people are having trouble paying their bills. These are difficult times that make them more likely to change,” he said. “No. 2, America is growing more diverse. . . . Demographically, the country is moving toward Democratic voters in general. And No. 3, registration is up for Democrats and flat for Republicans in 20 of the most important states.”

-- Denise Martin