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Bill Clinton Hints at Economic Role in Hillary Clinton Administration

'I'll do whatever I'm asked to do, but I like this economic business,' the former president told NBC News Monday in St. Croix.
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Former President Bill Clinton campaigns Friday for his wife, Hillary Clinton, at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, New Jersey.Julio Cortez / AP

ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands — Former President Bill Clinton said Monday night that he's open to helping out the potential administration of his wife after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke about what his role could be in a number of recent comments.

"I'll do whatever I'm asked to do, but I like this economic business," he said after a campaign event in the U.S. Virgin Islands when asked by NBC News about whether he is ready to jump back into policy at the White House again.

Hillary Clinton, who's still stuck in the fierce Democratic primary with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, told a crowd in Covington, Kentucky, Sunday night that she would put her husband "in charge of revitalizing the economy, because, you know, he knows how to do it, and especially in places like coal country and inner cities and other parts of our country that have really been left out."

It was the latest in a string of statements about how she would look to her husband for advice on policy if she makes it back to the White House next year. After her remarks made headlines Sunday, the Clinton campaign sent out a list detailing more than 20 other times she has referred to how he could help, mostly in an economic role.

The former president told NBC News: "The Caribbean has staggering economic potential. And the American Virgin Islands ... they need equal treatment in health care, and they need a serious effort to liberate them from electric costs that are too high.

"And if you can lower the electric costs it will not only be good for the environment, but it will create a lot of jobs, it would be able to diversify the economies in ways that are unimaginable. I think it's really important, and it wouldn't be that expensive."