Is Hillary Clinton running for the presidency in 2020?
Anyone who has been watching the political landscape over the last several months could argue that this question has an easy and obvious answer.
The political landscape has shifted, especially among Democrats, as more progressive candidates like Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are rising the ranks. Clinton also disastrously and historically lost the last time she ran for the presidency in 2016 against now-President Trump. So, she shouldn’t run. Right?
Why then are people continuing to ask whether or not she will join the race?
Because she has not yet closed the door on the possibility, the Daily Wire reports.
And, her top aide, Philippe Reines, also said there is still a chance she could initiate a late entry.
“Reines fueled rising speculation that Clinton could still join the 2020 presidential race during an interview on Fox News with host Tucker Carlson,” the Daily Wire reports.
“So, I’m assuming what I just said and what we’re hearing is true, that if she thought she was the best position to beat Donald Trump, she would get in the race,” Carlson asked per the report.
“You know, she ran for president because she thought she would be the best president,” Reines answered. “If she still thought that now, if she thought she had the best odds of beating Donald Trump — I think she would think about it long and hard.”
“She hasn’t foreclosed the possibility, I guess?” Carlson pressed, the Daily Wire reports.
Reines clarified, “No, she has not.”
Check it out:
Top Hillary Clinton adviser Philippe Reines on whether Hillary has ruled out running for president in 2020: “No, she has not” pic.twitter.com/wLLItEF5Wo
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 24, 2019
The Washington Post, citing “two people close to her [Clinton],” similarly reports that the twice-failed Democratic candidate has not ruled out a third bid.
“Hillary Clinton, according to two people close to her, has not ruled out jumping in herself, a sign that she is hearing similar dissatisfaction,” the Washington Post reports. “Views about Clinton vary widely, however, and in part mirror the ideological and generational schisms that have fed the current anxiety. More seasoned leaders who have seen Democrats lose big have tended to prefer a safer, middle-road candidate more palatable to a wide range of voters.”
The Daily Wire reports Clinton would have to make up some ground in joining the race so late and would have to show that she is bringing something different to the table than the same strategy which saw her losing in 2016. Here’s more:
John Coale, a major donor to both Bill and Hillary Clinton, was frank on the topic of Democrats’ prospects of beating President Donald Trump in 2020: “They don’t have anybody who can win the general [election].”
One former top adviser to Clinton, who did not wish to speak on the record, told The Daily Wire that they were confident that Clinton was not going to run in 2020.
There are many things working against Clinton if she did decide to run.
Clinton has not done anything over the past three years other than blame nearly everything but herself for her loss in the 2016 election.
Clinton is also the only candidate to lose a presidential election and then become even less liked after losing.
Hillary Clinton on 2016: "It was like applying for a job and getting 66 million letters of recommendation and losing to a corrupt human tornado."
Hillary is the only losing candidate to actually *drop* in (what was already historically low) favorable ratings post-election. pic.twitter.com/bVUdJSO61N
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) September 27, 2019