Bob Schieffer: ‘If I’d Known Donald Trump Was Going to Run, I Probably Wouldn’t Have Retired!’

By Alissa Krinsky Comment

SchiefferWTSPRetired CBS News veteran Bob Schieffer has been honored with The Poynter Institute’s first-ever Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism, awarded Friday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.

In an interview with Tampa station WTSP, the former Face the Nation host was asked for his thoughts on the 2016 presidential race. “I suppose if I’d known Donald Trump was going to run,” he said with a smile, “I probably wouldn’t have retired!”

During an award gala interview by former CBS News colleague Margaret Brennan, Schieffer also commented on Hillary Clinton‘s candidacy.

“I think her campaign is in trouble,” the Poynter Institute quotes Schieffer as telling Brennan, adding that he finds her campaign “astonishingly inept.”

Schieffer retired earlier this year after spending 46 years with CBS News and having moderated three presidential debates.  He is currently a Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.