Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates in an interview broadcast Sunday said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, mulling a 2016 presidential run, would make a good commander in chief.

“Actually, I think she would,” Gates said on CBS “This Morning” when asked about Clinton.

Gates also said that Vice President Biden — who was singled out for harsh criticism in Gates’s memoir — would make a good president, though his language had some caveats.

“Well, I suppose, to be even-handed, I would have to say I suppose he would,” Gates said.

In his memoir, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Gates gives accounts that could be harmful to both Clinton and Biden.

Gates, a Republican, has plenty of praise for Clinton in the book, but he also says that she opposed the 2007 surge in Iraq for political reasons, because she was about to run against then-Sen. Barack Obama, who had opposed the Iraq War from the start.

He was much harsher on Biden, accusing him of being wrong on every foreign policy decision for the last 40 years.