Hilary Clinton commented over the weekend that although she didn’t want to run in 2020, she would like to be president, leaving open the possibility that she may launch another bid after the November midterms.
Clinton’s remarks come amid speculation that she might run for president again in two years. When asked by Recode’s Kara Swisher if she intended to do so, Clinton simply responded “No.” However, she quickly added, “I’d like to be president.”
She then went on to say that if a Democrat won the election, there would be much to be done. “The work would be work that I feel very well prepared for having been in the Senate for eight years, having been a diplomat in the State Department,” Clinton said, pointing out that she would start considering a possible run only after the November 6 midterm elections.
The former Secretary of State has often criticized President Donald Trump and his administration’s policies, saying the nation’s democracy is “in crisis.” The Hill writes that Clinton has increased her presence in the national spotlight and has appeared in media interviews to criticize the president and his party.
Longtime Clinton aide Philippe Reines confirmed the rumors earlier this month that Clinton may run in 2020, saying there was “not zero” possibility that she does so.
“It’s curious why Hillary Clinton’s name isn’t in the mix—either conversationally or in formal polling—as a 2020 candidate,” Reines said at the time. “She’s younger than Donald Trump by a year. She’s younger than Joe Biden by four years. Is it that she’s run before? This would be Bernie Sanders’s second time, and Biden’s third time. Is it lack of support? She had 65 million people vote for her.”
But Reines noted the chances of that happening were slim.