On Wednesday, Philippe Reines the longtime advisor of Hillary Clinton stated that she has not ruled out throwing her hat in the race in 2020. He added that she will consider running for president if she believed she had the best odds to beat Trump.
“If she thought she had the best odds of beating Donald Trump I think she would think about it long and hard,” Reines recently told Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Reines comments came on the heels of a report by the New York Times that established Democratic donors have discussed what a late bid for president by Clinton would do to the 2020 race.
Carlson asked Reines if the Democratic Party had moved too far left since Clinton’s departure for her to be a viable candidate.
“Well, look, this is a huge if, but if she would jump in for whatever reason, and the party has moved someplace that she hasn’t, then she won’t get the votes,” Reines responded. “If she would run and people would think she’s too left, too right, too center, or whatever you want to call it, that’s the beauty of it. They get to vote against whoever they want.”
Clinton teased the possibility that she would run last week when she responded to a tweet by Donald Trump. Trump had attacked Clinton and was trying to goad her into entering the 2020 race. Clinton responded with “Don’t tempt me. Do your job.”
Don’t tempt me. Do your job.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 8, 2019
Reines shared that her decision to run would not be based on any “anxiety” about the current field of Democratic presidential candidates.
“She really likes a lot of the people running,” he shared. “She thought about some of them for her vice presidency.”
“But there might be a reason that she’d be the best person, not only to beat Donald Trump but to govern after Donald Trump, which is a part we don’t talk about much,” Reines added. “And, look, you can make fun of her all you want, but 65 million people voted for her and that’s second more to anyone except Barack Obama.”