The 2016 election may still be more than a year away, but Hillary Clinton is already thinking ahead to 2020 when she says she’ll be looking to get re-elected. Although she has yet to announce her running mate for her upcoming bid for the White House, she’s got her sights set on a very famous potential vice president for the next one.
As was reported by Billboard magazine, during an appearance on BuzzFeed’s popular podcast, “Another Round,” Clinton, 67, was asked what she thought about Kanye West running for president in 2020. She shared with hosts Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton that she was certain West, 38, could do it -- but he “might want to wait” to make his official announcement. The former first lady of the United States said she has discussed this several times with the “All Day” rapper, who has been an outspoken supporter of her campaign. Clinton told listeners she wants to boost West’s already impressive resume a bit before he becomes leader of the free world. She then revealed that she “would not rule out” the idea of the running together in 2020.
“I might want to give him some additional experience so he’s got, on all the other things he’s done on his resume, he’s got some kind of envoy role or something he could point to,” she said. “I would not rule anybody out for vice president."
Clinton isn’t the only politician with advice for West as he vies for the White House. Current President Barack Obama recently doled out some words of wisdom for the esteemed fashion designer should he be “serious about this whole POTUS thing, or as he calls it, PEEZY.” Obama, 54, cautioned West that it would be a difficult road ahead -- he’ll have to deal with a lot of “strange characters,” some of which act like they’re a part of some sort of “reality TV show.” He also said the rapper should be cautious about making “‘off message’” statements, saying it’s cost many people their seat in congress. Lastly, Obama joked with West that it would be highly unlikely for the people of the U.S. to elect “a black guy from the south side of Chicago with a funny name.”
West announced he would be running for president during the 2015 VMA’s on Aug. 30. He took the stage to accept the award for Video Vanguard, during which he said he had “decided in 2020 to run for president” before dropping the mic and exiting the stage. He elaborated further on his presidential plans during a Sept. 24 interview with Vanity Fair, saying he was “definitely” considering it, though he wanted to do it in his own way. He told the publication he didn’t want “to run against someone,” but rather to work with them to collectively better the nation.
Check out Clinton's full interview with "Another Round" below: