A longtime adviser to Hillary Clinton, Philippe Reines, is sparking more speculation that the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate isn’t closing the doors on a 2020 presidential run.
Speaking with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Wednesday evening, Reines said, “She ran for president because she thought she would be the best president.”
He continued, “If she still thought that now, if she thought she had the best odds of beating Donald Trump, I think she would think about it long and hard.”
Asked if Clinton “hasn’t foreclosed the possibility” of a 2020 bid, Reines responded, “No, she has not.”
“This is a huge if. But if she were jump in for whatever reason, and the party has moved someplace that she hasn’t, then she won’t get the votes. That’s the point of the primary. […] If she were to run, and people think that she’s too left, too right, too center, whatever you want to call it, that’s the beauty of it. They get to vote against whoever they want.”
Noting that Clinton wouldn’t run due to “anxiety” about the current 2020 Democratic candidates, Reines suggested the “reason” she’d jump into the race would be because “she would be the best person, not only to beat Donald Trump, but to govern after Donald Trump.”
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As The New York Times reported, Democratic donors have been “anxious” about the 2020 Democratic field, asking, “Is there anybody else?” Some have questioned if Clinton or former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg would enter the race.