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, USA TODAY
Former president Bill Clinton says he's frustrated that -- so soon after the 2012 election -- people are already discussing whether wife Hillary will run for president in 2016.
"I don't know what's going to happen, but I know this: that is the worst expenditure of our time," Clinton said during the Peter G. Peterson Foundation's 2013 Fiscal Summit in Washington.
The former president said of the former first lady, senator and secretary of State:
"She's taking a role in the foundation, she's writing books, she's having a little fun being a private citizen for the first time in 20 years. We need to be worried about the work at hand. All of us do. So whoever the next president is has an easier set of choices."
Bill Clinton appeared at the summit meeting with Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who joked about his spouse: "I don't think Melinda is going to run for president."
Said Bill Clinton of Hillary: "She hasn't mentioned it to me, either."