Report: Clinton ‘Refused to Rule Out’ Another Run at the Presidency in 2020 Report: Clinton ‘Refused to Rule Out’ Another Run at the Presidency in 2020 – NTK Network

Report: Clinton ‘Refused to Rule Out’ Another Run at the Presidency in 2020

Close associates of the former secretary of state insist she won’t run again, but she hasn’t been so certain in interviews.

By NTK Staff | 11.30.2018 @9:00am
Report: Clinton ‘Refused to Rule Out’ Another Run at the Presidency in 2020

Could she actually run for president again? A new report from The Hill looked into that very question.

Time and again, former secretary of state and twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been given the opportunity to bat away the idea that she might again run for president in 2020. At each opportunity, however, Clinton playfully demurs.

In a conversation with Recode’s Kara Swisher last month, Clinton was asked if she would want to run again for president.

“No,” Clinton replied, before adding, “Well, I’d like to be president.”

Earlier this week, the question was again posed to Clinton. Here was her response:

“Actually Frank, I am thinking about standing for Parliament here in Canada,” Clinton told Frank McKenna, the former Canadian ambassador to the U.S., after he asked her this week if she would run for president in 2020.

Of course, that’s not a yes, but it isn’t answering the question either.

Clinton may very well be having fun with the media, a frequent target of her ridicule and scorn during the 2016 presidential campaign, but her refusal to definitively state, without qualification, that she won’t run again is likely giving Democrat leaders anxiety.

A massive slate of Democrats are expected to announce their candidacies next year, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and even former Vice President Joe Biden. Younger candidates like Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) and Julian Castro (D-TX) are also rumored to have White House ambitions.

Clinton effectively cleared the field in 2016, save for a few little-known candidates. Some have argued her weaknesses as a candidate turned one of those little-known candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), into a legitimate contender and a household name.

Because of those flaws, few in Democrat circles are on board with a Clinton 2020 campaign, including former campaign surrogate Jim Manley.

“With all due respect, she had her chance and it didn’t work out,” Manley said, according to The Hill. “She ran such a lousy campaign Donald Trump is now the president of the United States. I have a lot of respect for her, but she had her chance and it didn’t work out.”

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