Hillary Clinton on Running Again: No, But ‘I Never Say Never to Anything’

By Patrick Goodenough | November 13, 2019 | 4:40am EST
Hillary Clinton promotes her new book in Austin, Texas last week. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton promotes her new book in Austin, Texas last week. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Keeping speculation about another possible presidential campaign alive, Hillary Clinton in two British radio interviews on Tuesday said she thinks “all the time” about how much better a president she would have made than “the current incumbent in the White House.”

Although the 71-year-old former first lady, senator, secretary of state, and 2016 presidential candidate said she has no plans right now for a late entry into the Democratic primary race, when pressed, she also said, “I never say never to anything,” adding that she was “under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it.”

Promoting a new book coauthored with her daughter Chelsea, entitled “The Book of Gutsy Women,” Clinton told BBC Radio 4 that she tries to give the best advice she can to the Democratic candidates in the 2020 presidential race, adding that her goal “is to help retire the current incumbent.”

“I think it’s imperative that our country regain its leadership and its credibility. So I’m going to do everything I can to make that happen.”

Clinton said she thinks “about the kind of president I would have been all the time.”

“I think about what I would have done, how obviously I would have been different, how I think I would have been, a much better, more successful president.”

On the prospect of her running again, she said a campaign to unseat Trump was already underway “and we have to figure out how we make the case, and that’s what I’m really focused on.”

Asked about potential runs for other positions, such as governor of a state, Clinton said there was “nothing like that on the drawing board! We’re focused on the clear and present danger of this presidency – that’s what has to be the primary goal of every American right now.”

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, Clinton returned to the theme of “retiring” President Trump.

“I feel a sense of responsibility, partly because, you know, my name was on the ballot. I got more votes, but ended up losing to the current incumbent in the White House, who I think is really undermining our democracy in very fundamental ways,” she said.

“And I want to retire him. I want to see him retired.”

Clinton won 2.8 million more votes than her Republican rival in 2016 but lost the Electoral College to him by a 306-232 margin.

“Are you going to run again?” interviewer Emma Barnett asked her.

“No, not, no, I’m –”

Asked whether that was 100 percent definitely no, Clinton said, “Well, you know, I never say never to anything.”

“Look, I think all the time about what kind of president I would have been, and what I would have done differently, and what I think it would have meant to our country and the world,” she said.

“So of course I think about it. I think about it all the time – being, you know, being able to do that, and look, whoever wins next time is going to have a big task trying to fix everything that’s been broken.”

Barnett said the reason she felt she could press Clinton on the possibility of another presidential run was because her husband, former President Bill Clinton, had said at Georgetown University last month that he could not rule it out.

“So you are ruling it out?” she asked.

“Well, look I, as I say, ‘Never, never, never say never.’ And I will certainly tell you, I’m under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it,” Clinton said. “But as of this moment, sitting here in this studio talking to you, that is absolutely not in my plans.”

See also:
Hillary Clinton on Running Against Trump Again: ‘Maybe There Does Need to Be a Rematch’ (Oct. 9, 2019)



 

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