Third time’s the charm? It’s looking like Hillary Clinton thinks so.
After a break from the spotlight, Clinton seems to be getting back into the swing of things. She put out a campaign memoir, “What Happened.” Announced a 13-city conversation tour with her husband Bill Clinton. All the proceeds, by the way, are going to the Clintons. And most recently, she has been doing extended interviews on CNN and CBS.
And there might be a reason for her to step back into the spotlight.
Names being thrown around for the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate include Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. But Clinton supporter, former senior adviser and deputy secretary of state for strategic communications, Philippe Reines, wants another name added to the list.
“It’s curious why Hillary Clinton’s name isn’t in the mix—either conversationally or in formal polling—as a 2020 candidate,” Reines told Politico. “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’ second time, and Biden’s third time. Is it lack of support? She had 65 million people vote for her.”
He said that even if Clinton lost half of that support, “there’s no one in the Democratic Party who has anywhere near a base of 32 million people. That’s multiples of what a Sanders or a Warren have.”
His greatest fear is that the Democratic Party will realize too late their error in dismissing Clinton for her 2016 loss.
“Chalking the loss up to her being a failed candidate is an oversimplification. She is smarter than most, tougher than most, she could raise money easier than most, and it was an absolute fight to the death.”
Commenting on whether this confirms Clinton’s third run, Reines said, “It’s somewhere between highly unlikely and zero, but it’s not zero.”
“No zero” isn’t exactly what some Democrats want to hear, however. Many see Clinton’s political baggage as a means to divide the party. This would ultimately leave the party open to huge losses to Republicans.
And the Trump administration sees that. In response to the Politico interview, White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, tweeted, “Christmas coming early this year?”
Christmas coming early this year? https://t.co/eO4RYOTwtZ
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 19, 2018
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