As Democrats scramble to find the most likely candidate to beat President Trump in the upcoming 2020 presidential election, some enthusiastic supporters are begging Hillary Clinton to join the race. Clinton, however, is not so sure.
Most elections begin with a large stable of presidential hopefuls, who, as time passes, one by one, throw in the towel and leave the race. This year we see a different phenomenon. Yes, some have left the fray, such as Governor Jay Inslee of Washington and Senator Kristen Gillibrand of New York. But others are considering joining, despite the late arrival at the starting gate, like former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former US Attorney General Eric Holder. So maybe Clinton will join as well?
In response to the pressure to add her name to the list of presidential hopefuls, Clinton answers:
“I, as I say, never, never, never say never,” the former secretary of State said on BBC Radio 5 Live. “I will certainly tell you, I’m under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it.”
She added that at this time running is “not in my plans.”
Clinton has been fielding questions about her plans to run from journalists for weeks, especially since she began her book tour with her daughter Chelsea, promoting, “The Book of Gutsy Women,” which they wrote together.
In a delightful Twitter exchange with Trump, Clinton hinted that she could run against him, perhaps. “Don’t tempt me,” she tweeted in response to Trump’s tweet that “Crooked Hillary” get in the race to cut off the campaign of “Uber Left” Elizabeth Warren.
The former First Lady, Secretary of State and New York Senator, won the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, but lost in the Electoral College. Clinton responded to the late date to enter the race again.
“I know, it’s way past time,” she said. “Look, I think all the time about what kind of president I would’ve been and what I would’ve done differently and what I think it would’ve meant to our country and our world. … Whoever wins next time is going to have a big task trying to fix everything that’s been broken.”