Hillary Clinton says she’d still like to be president and suggested a decision about whether she will run will be made after the November nidterm elections.
Hillary’s comment came in a response to a question she must have expected was made during an interview with journalist Kara Swisher in New York. This is the clearest indication I’ve heard that she is seriously thinking about getting in. Earlier this month, a former top aide floated what appeared to be a trial balloon about a potential Clinton Campaign #3, saying the chances of her running were “not zero.”
Question: We’re going to talk about 2020 in a minute. Do you want to run again?
Clinton: No. No.
Question: That was a pause…
Clinton: Well I’d like to be president. I think, hopefully, when we have a Democrat in the Oval Office in January of 2021, there’s going to be so much work to be done. I mean we have confused everybody in the world, including ourselves. We have confused our friends and our enemies. They have no idea what the United States stands for, what we’re likely to do, what we think is important, so the work would be work that I feel very well prepared for having been at the Senate for eight years, having been a diplomat in the State Department, and it’s just going to be a lot of heavy lifting.
Question: So are you going to be doing any of that lifting? Do you feel like …
Clinton: Oh I have no idea, Kara, but I’m going to … I’m not even going to even think about it ’til we get through this November 6 election about what’s going to happen after that, but I’m going to everything in my power to make sure we have a Democrat in the White House come January of 2021.
Note the usual tiresome Clinton lawyerly responses. Swisher phrased the question poorly, asking if she would “want” to run again. That gave Clinton a way to kind of deny she’s running by saying “no” – of course she doesn’t want to run for president. Who would? She wants to be president.
Clinton doesn’t want to seem too eager, which is why she is being unclear here. But she speaks carefully, and it’s very notable that she says “I’d like to be president” rather than “I wanted to be president.”
Her comments come at about the 35:10 mark below.