After confirming she wasn’t “running” for the White House in 2020 Tuesday, sources close to Hillary Clinton are telling the New York Times she won’t “close the door” on a potential third bid for the Oval Office until she sees Robert Mueller’s Russia-Trump collusion report.
“Spoke to someone close with Clinton in contact with her today. They say she wasn’t trying to be emphatic and close the door on running when she spoke to a local reporter yesterday, and that she was surprised by how definitively it played,” posted the Times’ Maggie Haberman on social media.
“The person also says she is extremely unlikely to run, but that she remains bothered that she’s expected to close the door on it when, say, John Kerry isn’t. She has told her team she is waiting at least to see the Mueller report,” she added.
The person also says she is extremely unlikely to run, but that she remains bothered that she’s expected to close the door on it when, say, John Kerry isn’t. She has told her team she is waiting at least to see the Mueller report. 2/2
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 6, 2019
Clinton was speaking with local Westchester News this week when she abruptly claimed she will not attempt to take-on President Trump in the coming weeks; despite months of speculation, speeches, and public events.
CLINTON INSIDER: ‘Hillary is Never Going to be on a Ballot Again’
Longtime Clinton insider and prominent Democrat Terry McAuliffe threw cold-water on Hillary’s recent comments that stoked speculation of a potential third run; saying the former Secretary of State will “never” appear on the ballot again.
McAuliffe was speaking during a recent interview Monday when he was asked to comment on Clinton’s suggestion she may consider a run for the White House after the 2018 midterm elections.
“It’s hard for Hillary. She got three million more votes than Donald Trump did in the last presidential election. But I feel confident in saying I think Hillary is never going to be on the ballot again, I think she is done running for elected office. She’s going to be out helping candidates. But I feel very confident in saying she’s not going to run for president,” said McAuliffe.
Clinton raised eyebrows Friday while speaking at an event in New York City; saying she “wants to be President” and would consider a potential third-run for the Oval Office after the high-stakes 2018 midterm elections.
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HILLARY 2020? Insider Says Clinton 'Unlikely' to Run Again But 'Gets the Most Votes'
Leading Democratic strategist James Carville raised eyebrows across Washington this week, publicly hinting Hillary Clinton may be eyeing an “unlikely” third run for the White House in 2020.
According to the Hill, Carville said it was “unlikely” the former Secretary of State would launch another campaign to take the Oval Office, but added she’s never “run an election where she didn’t get the most votes.”
“My guess is, it’s not really in her plans right now,” said the longtime Clinton insider “She didn’t show any indication that she wants to run for president again. She’s run twice, and it’s an exhaustive thing.”
“I think I’ve counted something like 16 times in a row that a Clinton has run — either her or him — they’ve always gotten the most votes, so there’s something to be said for that,” he added.
Clinton herself hinted at a possible run last October, telling a British reporter “As we watch Trump’s support shrink, that people will say, ‘Well, what she said was right, and now where do we go from here?’”
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