Tuesday 17 September 2019

Clinton 'plans to run for White House again'

Hillary Clinton. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA
Hillary Clinton. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Chris Baynes

Hillary Clinton is all but certain to run for the White House again in 2020, according to a former aide.

Mark Penn said the Democrat had "an unfinished mission to be the first female president" and "a personal grievance" against Donald Trump, who vowed to imprison her before emerging victorious in the 2016 vote.

"She will not allow this humiliating loss at the hands of an amateur to end the story of her career," he wrote in a 'Wall Street Journal' article co-authored by former Democrat politician Andrew Stein.

Mr Penn was a senior aide to Ms Clinton and her husband Bill from 1995 to 2008 and was chief strategist for her failed campaign for the Democratic nomination a decade ago.

Ms Clinton has previously insisted she would not seek to run again, although last month she appeared to hint at a change of stance, admitting: "I'd like to be president."

Mr Penn and Mr Stein said the former secretary of state "has had two years to go over what she did wrong" in 2016 and would "come out swinging" with a strategy for defeating Mr Trump. "You can expect her to run for president once again," they wrote.

Long-time confidants of Ms Clinton poured hot water on the prediction she would run again in two years. "She's more likely to win Powerball," Philippe Reines, her former adviser, told The Hill.

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