Bill Clinton, in an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts, said he thinks Democrats are torn between two candidates they like, and that it's time to "chill out" and let the voters decide who should be the party's presidential nominee.
"The voters get to decide. I think we should just celebrate this," Clinton said. "If we just chill out here and let all the voters have their say, my gut is it's gonna come out all right."
Roberts spoke to Clinton in New Orleans, where he was working with the Clinton Global Initiative.
When the conversation turned to politics and the tight race between his wife, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the former president said Democrats are dealing with a difficult decision between two strong candidates. "I expect a spirited election in the fall no matter what happens," Clinton said. "But we should just let the Dems decide. This is a tough choice for them.
"They got two candidates, they basically like them both, and they have different strengths," he said. "And they have to decide which skilll set is more important number one for the country's welfare in the long run, and which one is more likely to be elected. And you know I have my strong convictions, but I might be wrong."
Though the campaign has taken some nasty turns, with surrogates and campaign members from each side making controversial attacks on the other, Bill Clinton said for most Democrats both candidates look good.