Now to be fair, that WAS somewhat of a muddled response.
But not that muddled.
Courtesy of WaPo:
SWISHER: We’re going to talk about 2020 in a minute. Do you want to run again?
CLINTON: (slight pause) No. No.
SWISHER: 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.
SWISHER: 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 Nov. 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.
A number of news outlets took a look at this interview and convinced themselves that Hillary was considering a run in 2020.
They are full of shit and simply looking for some clickbait.
The first thing to notice is that Hillary responded to the initial question with an emphatic “no.”
After that, during the follow-up questions, she was not as definitive, but it seemed clear to me that while she would LIKE to be president, she has no intention of ever again RUNNING to be president.
And who could blame her, the poor woman has been through the political wringer far more often than just about any other human being on the planet.
I think that Hillary’s heavy lifting comment was about supporting the eventual 2020 nominee, NOT launching a campaign of her own.
Look I voted for Hillary in 2016, and there is not a day that goes by that I do not wish she were in the White House right now, but her window has closed, and it is time for a different candidate to step forward and take up the mantle.
I have no idea at this point who that will be, but I know it will not be Hillary Rodham Clinton.