Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was on the losing end of one of the biggest political upsets in United States history and her return to politics has been bumpy, to say the least.
Clinton lost when some polls had her at a 99 percent chance to win. She lost to Donald Trump who political commentators and some experts said would never win the election. She lost big time in the 2016 election and, as a result, her clout with some Democrats has taken a hit.
Despite the hit, the 2020 presidential election is right around the corner and Clinton is back reportedly meeting with prospective Democratic candidates.
The Washington Examiner reports Clinton has met with Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
From the report:
Sources told CNN that other prospective Democratic candidates are seeking a meeting with Clinton in the hopes of gaining her support.
These prospective contenders “know tens of millions of Democrats love Hillary and want her to try again,” an unnamed Clinton confidant told Axios. “The savvy ones know she’s the most valuable endorser in the party not named Obama.”
Warren is the only Democrat in that list who has actually made a move toward a 2020 campaign. She announced last week the formation of an exploratory committee for a White House bid, which allows her to raise money without formally declaring.
Clinton has said she is not interested in running herself—though saying she was still interested in becoming president. Some of her former advisers say she might be considering a run and put the chances at “somewhere between highly unlikely and zero.”
“It’s curious why Hillary Clinton’s name isn’t in the mix—either conversationally or in formal polling—as a 2020 candidate,” Philippe Reines, Clinton’s former adviser, said to Politico as the Washington Examiner reported in October of 2018. “She’s younger than Donald Trump by a year. She’s younger than Joe Biden by four years. Is it that she’s run before? This would be Bernie Sanders’ second time, and Biden’s third time. Is it lack of support? She had 65 million people vote for her.”
It was a mistake for Democrats to punish Clinton for the mistakes she made in 2016. “Chalking the loss up to her being a failed candidate is an oversimplification,” he said. “She is smarter than most, tougher than most, she could raise money easier than most, and it was an absolute fight to the death.”
When asked what was the likelihood of her running, he responded: “It’s somewhere between highly unlikely and zero, but it’s not zero.”