Hillary Clinton insisted that “many, many, many people” are pressuring her to jump into the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.
The failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee claimed she has no plans to run but would not rule out the possibility during an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live on Tuesday, fueling the ongoing speculation that she will make a late entry into the already crowded Democratic field to have another go at challenging President Trump.
“Are you going to run again?” BBC host Emma Barnett bluntly asked Clinton, who was on hand with daughter Chelsea to promote their joint work, “The Book of Gutsy Women.”
“No,” the former secretary of state replied.
“That is 100 percent? So in a few days, I’m not going to open my newspaper -” Barnett asked.
“Well, you know, I never say never to anything,” Clinton replied, going on with her now predictable defense of her 2016 campaign as she lamented the kind of president she “would have been.”
“I think all the time of what kind of president I would have been, what I would have done differently and what I think it would have meant to our country and to the world,” she said without a trace of self-awareness. “Of course I think about it. I think about it all the time.”
She went on to contend that whoever is elected next has a “big task” trying to “fix everything that’s been broken.”
Barnett pressed the issue again, citing former President Bill Clinton’s recent remarks about ruling out another run.
“She may or may not ever run for anything, but I can’t legally run for president again,” he said last month sitting next to the former first lady in an appearance with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Georgetown University Law School.
“She may or not ever run for anything, but I can’t legally run for President again.” – Bill Clinton leaving the door open on @HillaryClinton running for President in 2020. #StillWithHer #Hillary2020 pic.twitter.com/gDrmcR0ax1
— Joel McAuliffe (@JdMcAuliffe) October 31, 2019
“I, as I say, never, never, never say never,” Clinton reiterated to Barnett.
“I will certainly tell you, I’m under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it,” she claimed. “But as of this moment, sitting here in this studio talking to you, that is absolutely not in my plans.”
Fox News host Steve Hilton was “laughing” at Clinton’s claim and “wondering just who these many, many people are.”
The host of “The Next Revolution” told Fox News’ Shannon Bream on Tuesday that it’s likely Republicans are the ones who would be more excited for a Clinton run “because she has proved before that she’s a terrible candidate.”
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Sen. Lindsey Graham warned that a Clinton campaign could be more challenging for Republicans because she is “not as wacky” and unlike the more progressive contenders, “she hasn’t promised crazy stuff.”
Clinton’s name has continued to stir up speculation as no strong and clear front-runner in the field of Democratic 2020 contenders has emerged and as several names have come up as potential candidates.
Despite announcing earlier this year that he would not be running, even after dipping his toe in the water with some speeches in key states, former President Obama’s “wingman,” Eric Holder, may be reconsidering his previous decision and has reportedly been “consulting strategists” about a possible Democratic run.
Other potential late entrants to the race include billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg who filed paperwork last week to qualify for the primary in Arkansas. Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is also reportedly considering a 2020 run.
Clinton joked about “running” while again lamenting the “deeply flawed” 2016 election during a talk with New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin.
Hillary Clinton takes new approach when asked if she’ll run for president in 2020 https://t.co/7LlTmlKYAC
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 11, 2019
“You know, I’ve always been a very, very slow runner and, um, I’m embarrassingly slow,” she responded to a question about her running again, apparently trying to be funny at the New York Times/DealBook Conference.
And while the rumors continue to swirl around Clinton’s third potential bid, having lost to Trump in 2016 and losing the Democratic nomination in 2008 to then-Sen. Obama, even some supporters feel the rumors are not to be believed.
“I don’t think she’s running again,” New Hampshire Senate President Donna Soucy, who backed both of Clinton’s White House bids, told Fox News.
“I know the rumors floating out there that that’s a possibility,” the four-term Democratic state senator added. “I don’t believe for a second that it is.”
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