Imagine the amount of gusto it would take a person who was defeated in the 2008 Democrat primary election, then overwhelmingly lost in the 2016 presidential election to say she still wants to be president.
Hillary Clinton told a crowd at a New York City event that she still has White House ambitions.
When asked whether she was considering a 2020 run, or plainly if she would run again, she quickly said “no.” She seemed to then walk back the definitive answer by saying she is not planning to run but still would like to win.
“I’d like to be president,” Clinton said at the New York City’s 92nd Street Y event.
Here’s more, from Fox News:
The comments come amid speculation whether the former Democratic presidential nominee would run again in the 2020 election. Clinton said she did not want to run again, but would not definitively rule it out either.
And, via BizPac Review:
Hillary downplayed the idea of a 2020 run, then bragged about her experience. “There’s going to be so much work to be done [in 2020],” Clinton said. “It would be work that I feel very well prepared for, having been in the Senate for eight years, and having been a diplomat in the State Department.”
Realizing that her remarks could energize Republicans — and distract Democrats — right before the midterms, Hillary added, “I’m not even going to think about it until we get through this November 6 election.”
Hillary Clinton: “I’d like to be president.”
Clinton says she is not going to “think about” running until after midterms conclude. pic.twitter.com/INpPjUk7Lx
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) October 28, 2018
The idea of Clinton rematching with President Trump seems to be a dream for Republicans. In a tweet, White House Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described the idea as an early Christmas gift to the Republican Party.
“Christmas coming early this year?” Sanders tweeted alongside a report which said Hillary may be considering a third attempt at the presidency.
Christmas coming early this year? https://t.co/eO4RYOTwtZ
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 19, 2018
So, will Hillary run and how serious is she about gearing up the campaign machine for one more shot at the White House?
The chances are highly unlikely, according to her longtime adviser and former staffer Philippe Reines.
Reines put the odds at a long shot that Clinton would even run, saying via Fox News: “I’m not saying she’s going to run. I think the odds are probably in the Powerball range.”
The Hill reports that Clinton and former President Bill Clinton will be traveling across the country in more than a dozen speaking engagements.
Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, announced this month that they will be embarking on a 13-city tour over the next year, hosting discussions about current events and politics across the country.
Clinton in September released a few afterward for her campaign memoir, “What Happened,” criticizing the Trump administration’s policies and expressing concern that the nation’s democracy is “in crisis.”
She has stepped up her presence in the national spotlight, appearing in media interviews with greater frequency to criticize the GOP and President Trump.
The tour could be a way to gauge the country’s enthusiasm for her potential third run.
Any indication from Clinton about running — or not — will help clarify the pool of Democrats potentially vying for a White House bid. There are 30 Democrats currently considering a run to be their party’s nominee.