After months of anticipation and speculation, former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton announced last night she would not be seeking her party’s nomination in 2020 in a rematch with President Trump.
Clinton’s loss in 2016 was significant and may have been a contributing factor in the decision not to officially run but the twice-failed candidate said she will be active during the campaign season, speaking her mind on issues that are important to her.
“It’s official: No Hillary Clinton in 2020,” Twitchy reports.
And, “But. . . She’s not going anywhere or staying silent.”
During the interview with CNN affiliate News 12 Westchester, Clinton said: “I’m not running, but I’m going to keep on working and speaking and standing up for what I believe.”
“I want to be sure that people understand I’m going to keep speaking out. I’m not going anywhere,” Clinton added, as CNN reports.
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As CNN reports, the official decision came after several of her former aides and some colleagues left the door open on a potential run from Clinton:
Three people told CNN in January that Clinton was telling people she had not closed the door to the idea of another presidential run. This was in the wake of the announcements of indictments by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign was involved.
At the time, a close Clinton friend said it would still be a big surprise to them if she launched a 2020 bid.
Clinton’s former campaign chairman John Podesta told CNN in January that he took her at her word that she did not intend to run for president in 2020.
In an interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher in October, Clinton said “No. No,” when asked if she was going to run in 2020. But her full answer raised eyebrows, and seemed to leave open the possibility.
“Well, I’d like to be president,” Clinton said, when pressed by Swisher. “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.”
She added, “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.”
Clinton also told “CBS Sunday Morning” in September 2017, “I am done with being a candidate,” while promoting her latest memoir.
During the interview on Monday evening, Clinton expressed that she was concerned with a number of political and social issues happening in the country and across the world.
“What’s at stake in our country, the kinds of things that are happening right now are deeply troubling to me,” the Democrat said.
The country is “not just polarized, we’ve gotten into really opposing camps unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my adult life,” she added.
“I’m thrilled by the exciting, dynamic women who were elected to Congress, and they’re already making their mark,” Clinton remarked. “I’ve had a lot of them tell me that … my work, my, my run for president was very influential in their decision to run.”
Clinton commended the “progress” of Democrats but said there was more work to do “on women’s rights, on gay rights, on making sure that every person has the same chance to have their dignity and their identity respected.”