Clinton associate Mark Penn warned presidential hopefuls not to discount former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s chances of running again in the 2020 contest, in a Monday appearance on “Fox & Friends.”
“Do not underestimate Hillary’s positioning to run again,” Penn declared, echoing a Sunday column arguing the same in the Wall Street Journal. “Clintons never stop until they get where they want to go.”
“Get ready for Hillary Clinton 4.0. More than 30 years in the making, this new version of Mrs. Clinton, when she runs for president in 2020, will come full circle — back to the universal-health-care-promoting progressive firebrand of 1994,” Penn wrote with Democratic pollster Andrew Stein in TheWSJ.
Penn laid out in his column his belief that Clinton would not run again immediately in the 2020 election, but would feel called to the ballot when other contemporary hopefuls fail to rise to the occasion.
Penn is not the only former Clinton advisor to say that the defeated presidential nominee may make another run for the White House. Advisor Philippe Reines recently revealed Clinton’s possible 2020 candidacy after an extended riff extolling the supposed benefits of Clinton saying, “she is smarter than most, tougher than most, she could raise money easier than most, and it was an absolute fight to the death.”
Pressed on whether his praises of Clinton mean she could run again, Reines replied. “It’s somewhere between highly unlikely and zero … but it’s not zero.”
The former candidate herself weighed in on the debate again in late October when pressed on whether she would run again in 2020.
“No … no,” she responded at the time. Clinton’s interviewer picked up on the momentary delay saying, “that was a pause,” prompting the former secretary of state to declare, “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.”