Podesta: 'I Wish Hillary Was President, But She Won't Challenge Trump in 2020'
Clinton's former campaign chief said 'takes her at her word' she wont run
John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's former campaign chief, has said the former Secretary of State would not be running for President in 2020.
Speaking to CNN, Podesta said he 'takes her at her word' after Clinton told him she had no intention of running for the third time.
Podesta told CNN:
"She's not running for president. We've got a lot of great candidates out there right now, and I think the Democratic primary is going to be a spirited one with a lot of great ideas coming forward."
Podesta added he "wished" Hillary was president before adding "that's in the past."
He then noted there were some excellent candidates lining up for the DNC.
But earlier reports hinted Clinton was telling close friends and advisers she hasn't entirely "shut the door" on possible 2020 presidential campaign.
The failed Presidential candidate would be up against opposition from some women hoping to become America's first female president.
The line up against Hillary would be:
Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
Kamala Harris of California;
Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.
Podesta was Clinton's campaign manager in her bid for the presidency in 2016 before she lost to Trump.
The sloganeering of 'lock her up' and referring to her as 'Crooked Hillary' ruined her campaign along with the Wikileaks emails which also implicated Podesta.
Despite winning the popular vote by over three million, she failed to defeat Trump the Electoral College.
Last year, Clinton lost her crown as the American women's 'most admired woman,' according to the Gallup poll.
Clinton lost the vote to Former first lady Michelle Obama, who was named the woman Americans admire most in the world, which saw 15 percent of those surveyed choosing her.
In second place came Oprah Winfrey, who saw just 5 percent of the vote, with Hillary coming at third with Melania Trump at 4 percent.