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Hillary Clinton 2020 run for president? ‘Not zero’ chance, former aide says

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  • A former senior aide to 2016 Democratic presidential
    nominee Hillary Clinton says there’s a “not zero” chance
    she could throw her hat in the ring to run for president a
    third time. 

  • After mostly staying out of the political fray
    since her loss in 2016, Clinton has begun to reemerge — but not
    everyone in the Democratic Party is happy about
    it. 


  • Some argue that while the Clintons are adept
    fundraisers, their mixed perceptions among the party and
    decades of political baggage is hurting the
    Democrats.

A former aide to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary
Clinton says there’s a “not zero” chance she could throw her hat
in the ring a third time in 2020.

Philippe Reines, Clinton’s former senior adviser and Deputy
Secretary of State for Strategic Communications, told Politico in an interview
published Friday
that just because Clinton has lost twice
before doesn’t mean she should be counted out for
2020. 

“It’s curious why Hillary Clinton’s name isn’t in the mix —
either conversationally or in formal polling — as a 2020
candidate,” he said. 

“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,” he
added. “Is it lack of support? She had 65 million people vote for
her.”

After mostly laying low and staying out of the political
fray since her devastating 2016 loss, Clinton has become more
active on social media and is reaching out to White House
reporters to repair her previously contentious relationship with
the press, according to Politico. She is also set to kick off a
speaking tour with her husband and former President Bill
Clinton.

Some Democrats, however, see Clinton’s reemergence on the
political stage as a nuisance rather than a boon for the party,
given the Clintons’ complicated legacy and combined political
baggage have polarized many in the party and made them easy
targets for Republican attacks. 

Hillary raised eyebrows in a recent interview with CBS by
claiming that Bill’s infamous affair with former White House
intern Monica Lewinsky was not an abuse of power, prompting ire from fellow
Democrats
who said she distracted from the party’s midterm
message.

Republicans, on the other hand, seem confident they could
defeat Hillary again. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders
sarcastically tweeted, “Christmas coming early this year?” in
response to the speculation that Hillary could run a third
time. 

But Reines says that Hillary’s fundraising prowess and
decades of experience fighting tough battles shouldn’t be taken
for granted when it comes to taking on Trump. 

“Chalking the loss up to her being a failed candidate is an
oversimplification,” he said. “She is smarter than most, tougher
than most, she could raise money easier than most, and it was an
absolute fight to the death.”

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