From NBC's Mark Murray
Earlier this morning, we excerpted former President Bill Clinton's thoughts on the upcoming midterms -- as well as the Lincoln-vs.-Halter primary -- in his interview over the weekend with NBC's Luke Russert.
Here are some of Clinton's other thoughts. First, on health care and Clinton's earlier assertion that President Obama's approval rating would spike 10 points after health care's passage:
If you go back and look at the numbers, it actually did go up 10 points in the three days after he signed it. And it's back down and it's surprised me... But I think it's gone back down because it's just being implemented... And most people have not felt any impact one way or the other yet.
On Obama's upcoming SCOTUS pick:
He's got to ask himself, first and foremost: Will I be proud of this person? Will if I had, for some reason, to leave the Presidency today, after I make this appointment, and this person serves on the Supreme Court for 30 years, would I always be proud? That's the first thing. Secondly, I hope he'll appoint someone who's reasonably young. Someone with a chance to serve at least 25 years on the court.
On if that pick should be Hillary Clinton?
I think she's doing a good job where she is... I think she'd be a great Supreme Court judge. But I think she probably thinks that it'd be better if he appointed somebody younger. Although if you look, I mean, my mother-in-law's 91. I mean, Hillary's going to live to be 110. I joke with her all the time. She might have three husbands after me. You know, she's going to live forever.