One of the top unanswered questions in Washington right now is will she or won’t she as rumors are run rampant that Hillary Clinton is seriously considering a 3rd run for the White House.
It has been Clinton’s own comments and actions over the past few weeks that sparked the buzz in Washington. Many believe she is taking the thought of running seriously because of the growing complaints among Democratic Party insiders that the current field of candidates is not strong enough to take on Trump.
On Friday, Clinton indirectly took aim at Trump while she spoke at the nationally televised memorial service for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland. Cummings and Trump had repeatedly clashed since Trump took the White House.
Clinton comparing Cummings to the prophet Elijah, Clinton said that “like that Old Testament prophet, he stood against corrupt leadership of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel.” Those in attendance clapped loudly at her statement.
Philippe Reines, Clinton‘s longtime adviser, recently added fuel to the speculation by stating in a recent interview that Clinton had not closed the door on a 2020 bid.
He told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that Clinton hasn’t closed the door to running, saying she would “think about it long and hard” if she thought she had the best odds of beating Trump.
“I think it’s somewhere between highly unlikely and zeroes but it’s not zero. I don’t know how to be more honest than that,” Reines stated on Thursday.
Clinton’s comments and actions over the past few weeks have made her a relevant subject in the 2020 elections. However, a top aide has downplayed the 2020 speculation.
“The short of it is that she’s on a book tour and is feeling unconstrained about speaking her mind,” longtime Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said. “It’s easy to over-ascribe a strategy about every word she utters, but it’s as simple as that. She’s out there telling the truth.”
“I’ve heard nothing about people wishing someone else would get into the race,” said Kathy Sullivan, a longtime Democratic National Committee member and former New Hampshire Democratic party chair.
Sullivan backed Clinton in the 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns.
“I’m not taking this seriously. I love Hillary Clinton and I think she’d be a fantastic president but there is a lot of really good people running for president right now. I think it’s too late in the day for someone to get into the race. I don’t take it seriously and I don’t think it’s a good idea and we don’t need to have anyone else in the race right now.”