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The Clintons Appear Nervous About Democrats’ Chances in 2020

“The thing that bothers me about having 54 candidates, or however many we’ve got, is someone with rising potential will never hear his or her voice heard,” Bill Clinton said Saturday.

By NTK Staff | 04.29.2019 @12:00pm
The Clintons Appear Nervous About Democrats’ Chances in 2020

The Atlantic’s Edward-Isaac Dovere attended Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Washington, D.C. stop on their nationwide speaking tour this weekend, and the headline from the event was: the Clintons are worried about Democrats’ chances in 2020.

Both appeared to have apprehensions about the sheer size of the primary field. Former Vice President Joe Biden’s entrance into the race last week made him the 20th official candidate.

While Hillary appeared to focus on the more practical steps necessary to defeat Trump, Bill worried about one candidate being able to emerge from such a crowded field.

“Rather than immediately saying ‘I’m for this person’ or ‘against this person’ or looking for every way to possibly criticize people because they have a record,” pay attention to who can do the job of president and who can win both the popular vote and the Electoral College vote, Hillary said.

“The thing that bothers me about having 54 candidates, or however many we’ve got, is someone with rising potential will never hear his or her voice heard,” Bill said at one point. A few minutes later, he said friends tell him “‘It could be a raving disaster for us.’ But you can’t tell. Someone will rise. And you’ve got to believe in that.”

The Clintons, for the first time since 1988, don’t have “an obvious preferred candidate,” according to Dovere. In the VIP room before the event, conversations focused on Biden being Democrats’ best hope, while others think it could be South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN).

At one point in the evening, an audience member suggested Hillary run again in 2020:

The room wasn’t quite sold out, but it did include more than one person who started cheering that Hillary should run again in 2020. “I think what everyone is hoping for is a nominee who will win both the popular vote and the Electoral College,” Hillary said, while declining to say anything specific about the field other than that “it’s really, really early in the process, and there’s so much that is yet to be revealed about each of the candidates. But we have so many very exciting, energetic candidates.”

And the night was not entirely without jabs at some of Clinton’s enemies. Hillary threw a jab at Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), her 2016 primary opponent who is running again in 2020, over his record on gun control.

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