During an interview on CNN on Sept. 29, former president Bill Clinton called GOP frontrunner Donald Trump “fact-free.”
In the interview, Clinton was shown a clip of Trump referring to his wife, Democratic frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as “perhaps the worst secretary of state in history.”
“Well the thing about branding is, you don't have to be -- you can be fact-free,” Clinton said in response.
He spoke to the sanctions put on Iran during his wife’s term, which he said were considered a success across the board.
“Even the Republicans admit that the sanctions on Iran were well done,” he said. “And that was a major achievement, to get Russia and China to agree to sign off on these sanctions and enforce them. She did that. That's what made the talks possible, so even the people who don't like the Iran deal, like the sanctions."
Clinton spoke to Trump’s pattern of blasting his opponents and making controversial comments.
“You know, if he becomes the nominee, he'll have to sort of hone his criticisms a little more finely because the facts will be easy to marshal,” he told CNN host Erin Burnett. “But you know, he's good at this, that's what he does. And the people that he is telling it to now basically have only heard that story, so they believe it and it's probably good politics for him.”
Clinton added that Trump told him “what a good job [Hillary Clinton] did in the Senate for New York after 9/11."
The former president had some tips for Trump, who he said he believes does have a shot at becoming the Republican nominee.
“You have to be able to be identified,” he said. “But at some point you also have to say what you are going to do. You can't just spend all your time saying everything everybody else did was wrong and they were all doofuses."