Full interview: Bill Clinton on economy, inequality, politics and Hillary

BY newsdesk  May 14, 2014 at 1:08 AM EDT

Former President Bill Clinton discussed debt, deficit, economic growth and inequality Wednesday with Gwen Ifill as part of the 2014 Fiscal Summit sponsored by the Peterson Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Clinton also answered questions on other topics like immigration, Benghazi and the challenges of launching the Affordable Care Act, which he said that Democrats should acknowledge.

“Nobody could have done this perfectly,” Mr. Clinton said, and suggested that Democrats start on a “long-term repair process” for the law.

On the topic of his wife Hillary’s health, he assured the audience that the former Secretary of State is in tip-top shape.

“She works out every week. She is strong. She’s doing great,” he said. “As far as I can tell she’s in better shape than I am.”

He admitted that he was “dumbfounded” by an accusation from Karl Rove that she may have suffered brain damage. But, he said, negative comments from the right — fueled by a possible presidential run by Mrs. Clinton in 2016 — won’t end there.

“It’s just the beginning,” he said.

Watch the full conversation above.