In case you needed further evidence that the most newsworthy headlines the Weiner campaign can generate at this point are about Hillary Clinton's possible presidential run, a bunch of reporters asked the mayoral candidate about Clinton just after he finished a televised debate for the election he's actually in. Those questions were a follow-up to Weiner's comments last night when Buzzfeed's Ben Smith asked Weiner if he knew what role his wife Huma Abedin would play in the 2016 campaign of the former Secretary of State. Weiner replied “I do," adding, "I’m not telling you.” That seemed to break a big rule of talking about the Clinton campaign: it's not even officially happening yet.
Via Capital New York, here's the exchange:
Reporter: Do you know if she's running or not?
Weiner: I have no insights into 2016. I'm struggling right here with 2013.
Reporter: But it seems you keep stepping in it with the Clintons.
Weiner: Put that in the form of a question. We're at 'Jeopardy.' We're on the set of 'Jeopardy.' Put that in the form of a question.
Reporter: Do you regret what you've done for the Clinton campaign? For Hillary Clinton?
Weiner: Look, I, I, you can report on whatever you want about this debate. You can and if you want to make it about the Clinton campaign, I was asked a question about the plan of my wife and I made a light-hearted answer that everyone in the room laughed at, apparently except you. For that, I apologize. I'll try to make the jokes more obvious.
Reporter: But the Clinton campaign wasn't laughing at it either.
Weiner: Do you have a question [inaudible]? Is there a question.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Clinton camp gave some terse remarks in response to what was apparently a joke from Weiner about his wife's role in the (possible!) Clinton campaign: “We have absolutely no clue what he was talking about.” According to Politico, Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill added, “Maybe his campaign does. Doubt it though.” Weiner's comments landed during last night's Buzzfeed Brews interview, which generated a listicle worth of articles