Hillary Clinton Telling Friends: I Haven't 'Shut The Door' On 2020 - REPORT
Failed presidential candidate just wont seem to go away
Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is telling close friends and advisers she hasn't entirely "shut the door" on possible 2020 presidential campaign, according to reports.
Just when you thought she was gone for good, CNN reported that Clinton "isn't ready to give up her Oval Office dreams."
"Clinton is telling people that she's not closing the doors to the idea of running in 2020," CNN reported Jeff Zeleny told the network Sunday morning, on "Inside Politics."
"I'm told by three people that as recently as this week, she was telling people that look, given all this news from the indictments, particularly the Roger Stone indictment, she talked to several people, saying 'look, I'm not closing the doors to this.'"
But Zeleny added he didn't' believe "that there's a campaign-in-waiting or a plan in the works," or that Hillary is going to throw her hat into the ring for 2020unless there are qualified Democratic candidates.
But Zeleny says the Hillary 2020 rumor is a strong one:
"I think we have to leave at least our mind open to the possibility that she is still talking about it. She wants to take on Trump. Could she win a Democratic primary to do it? I don't know the answer to that."
The answer to that is a plausible, "no."
Clinton would be competing against Democratic contenders in 2020 hellbent on dethroning President Donald Trump.
One thing is for sure, the Democrats are looking for fresh blood, and Clinton isn't that.
According to the TheDailywire: Several Democratic contenders, including Clinton's heir apparent, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), have approached the 2016 presidential candidate looking for help, advice, and access to the Clintons' massive fundraising network, a group of such high-level donors, anyone with the Clinton blessing is likely to become the de facto front-runner.
But Clinton has kept surprisingly quiet on which candidate she prefers to do the job she failed to do: unseat Donald Trump.
Clinton has continually hinted at a third run for the nation's highest office, though her top advisers have told contradictory stories to the media.
Early on, former Clinton staffers completely ruled out any possibility that Hillary would make another run in 2020, but of late, both Clinton and her close friends have been dropping hints to reporters that the door truly is not closed.
In November, two former Clinton advisers penned an op-ed virtually guaranteeing that Clinton would undertake a third presidential campaign, though the candidate distanced herself from those reports.
But according to Zeleny, Clinton believes that, although she lost quite spectacularly to Trump, and has yet to fully adopt the reasons for her failure, preferring instead to blame the country's supposed "sexism" and "racism" for her difficulties.
There's still an argument to be made that she's the strongest candidate in the field, particularly given that she won the national popular vote in her last contest, even if she lost the Electoral College.
She may not be wrong.
Gillibrand and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are "Clinton clones," couching moderate ideology in progressive rhetoric. Other than former Vice President Joe Biden, no male is polling close to the top.
And Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is already causing controversy with his vulnerable 2020 campaign -- so much so that the Democratic National Committee may not tolerate a second run from the Vermont progressive.
Although the field is vast, no single candidate is strong, and Clinton must know that.
But how ready is anyone for a third Clinton campaign?
A recent poll has her being soundly beaten by both Biden and Sanders.