On Tuesday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that she is under extreme pressure from “many, many people” to contest in the 2020 White House bid, but she clearly stated that she is not planning anything at this moment.
She announced this in a joint interview with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton. Both arrived in Britain to promote their new book – Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.
Her advisers have stated several times over the past year that she is unwilling to shut the door completely on a potential 2020 bid.
During an interview, Ms. Clinton was asked about her future plans by host Emma Barnett. The 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee replied that she wants to see the Republican President Donald Trump “retired” and “is going to be helping our side try to put together the strongest possible campaign, which will be difficult.”
Ms. Barnett asked, “Are you going to run again.”
Ms. Clinton replied, “No, Not, no. I’m.”
The host continued, “That is 100 percent?” adding, “So in a few days, I’m not going to open my newspaper.”
“Well, you know, I’d never say never to anything,” added Hillary Clinton.
After the host has pointed out that there are “a few days left” within which candidates need to file for the contest with the earliest deadlines, Ms. Clinton replied that “it’s way past time.”
She continued that she this “all the time” about what kind of President she would have been.
She further said, “Look, whoever wins next time is going to have a big task trying to fix everything that’s been broken.”
Ms. Barnett once again asked Ms. Clinton on whether she is ruling out a 2020 US Presidential bid.
“Well, look, I, as I say, never, never, never say never,” she replied, “And, I will certainly tell you, I’m under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it. But as of this moment, sitting here in this studio talking to you that is absolutely not in my plans.”
However, she didn’t disclose which people have been forcing her to run.
Ms. Clinton’s remarks come as the Democratic primary field has been under uncertainty, with latecomers such as former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg moving closer towards announcing bids.
During the interview, Chelsea was also asked how she would feel if her mother announced a bid.
“Well, I’m always in her corner, Emma,” Hillary Clinton’s daughter replied, “So you know, whatever she decides to do on any given day, I’m here to support and love her.”
However, Chelsea didn’t directly replied when enquired whether she would like to see her mother contesting in the 2020 US Presidential bid, stating that her own most significant role at this moment is as a mother to her three children.
Meanwhile, Sen. Tim Kaine has said that “she should do what she wants to do, is what she should do.”
When asked if Hillary Clinton would be a formidable 2020 nominee, Kaine refused to comment.
He said, “I’m just going to leave it there,” adding that “walking away from a reporter and toward a train in the basement of the Capitol.”