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Hillary Clinton says she’s facing ‘enormous pressure’ for a 2020 presidential run

Hillary Clinton in a campaign event of Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in 2014. (Marc Nozell/Flickr)
November 13, 2019

Failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton continues to allude to another try at the nation’s highest office in 2020.

During a Tuesday BBC radio interview reported by Politico, Clinton indicated she feels pressured by many people to run a third attempt for the office of President, but that a run, “is absolutely not in my plans.”

“I, as I say, never, never, never say never,” Clinton told BBC vote Emma Barnett. “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,” Clinton continued her BBC interview.

The comment came as one of several in recent months, alluding to another run. In an October interview, Clinton raised the prospect of a rematch with President Donald Trump and said she could beat him. In another exchange, the two traded barbs on Twitter, with Trump calling her “Crooked Clinton” and apparently goading her into another run.

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Clinton replied, “Don’t tempt me. Do your job.”

The former Secretary of State was prompted to evaluate her own chances of running after Barnett brought up former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s potential entrance into the Democratic candidate field. Bloomberg recently filed his candidacy a day before the Alabama primary deadline.

Barnett asked if a Bloomberg run caused Clinton to consider if she had “unfinished business.”

“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. So of course I think about it,” Clinton said.

With a still large number of Democratic candidates and shifting polling support for the front-runners, a recent Fox News poll may have added fuel to another potential Clinton run. The poll indicated that even unannounced, Clinton stands a statistical chance to beat Trump if she ran; placing her among the tier of top current candidates like Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren.

Clinton has also traded recent criticisms with Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a fellow Democrat and 2020 Presidential contender. In October, Clinton appeared to insinuate Gabbard was being groomed by Russia to launch a third-party candidacy to divide the interests of the Democratic voter base.

In her response, Gabbard suggested Clinton has carried out a “concerted campaign” to undermine her reputation.

Gabbard ended her response to Clinton with a challenge that she stop working through “proxies” and come forward to face her in the Democratic Primary.