It was reported earlier today that “Haha, nope.” was uttered.
After all, that’s the response that Hillary Clinton gave when asked if she is planning to run for president in 2024.
While speaking with MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, Clinton downplayed rumors that she may seek the White House in the next cycle.
“No, no,” Clinton said. “But I am certainly going to be active in supporting women running for office, and other candidates who I think should be reelected or elected, both women and men.”
“There’s a big debate going on about the future of democracy,” Clinton said. “I will stay active in all those debates.”
Clinton was interviewed from Abu Dhabi, where she is addressing an International Women’s Day forum.
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Is Clinton legitimately thinking about another presidential run?
Yes, according to Douglas E. Schoen and Andrew Stein, writing at The Wall Street Journal, and much of the reason why, they say, is due to embarrassingly low approval ratings for the current administration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
“A perfect storm in the Democratic Party is making a once-unfathomable scenario plausible: a political comeback for Hillary Clinton in 2024,” they begin.
“Several circumstances—President Biden’s low approval rating, doubts over his capacity to run for re-election at 82, Vice President Kamala Harris’s unpopularity, and the absence of another strong Democrat to lead the ticket in 2024—have created a leadership vacuum in the party, which Mrs. Clinton viably could fill,” they add.
Schoen, a founder and partner in Schoen Cooperman Research, a polling and consulting firm whose past clients include Bill Clinton and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Stein, a former New York politician and founder of Democrats for Trump, both believe that Clinton is angling for the nomination already.
In addition, she is younger than Biden, experienced on the national stage, and can present a candidacy that is different “from the disorganized and unpopular one the party is currently taking” — which includes mass spending, a vast expansion of government entitlements, no border control, and overseeing historically high inflation.