Bernie Sanders may be ready to get in the ring again with Donald Trump in 2020, but for Hillary Clinton, it’s a hard pass.
According to CNN, Monday night, Clinton ended all speculations of another presidential run, telling CNN affiliate News 12 Westchester, “I’m not running, but I’m going to keep on working and speaking and standing up for what I believe.”
On the same day as Clinton’s announcement, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced his campaign in an already crowded Democratic field that includes Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and numerous other high-profile Democrats hoping to take down the Trump administration next year.
Back in January, in the wake of the announcements of indictments by special counsel Robert Mueller, three sources told CNN that Clinton was telling friends she had not closed the door to the idea of another presidential run and was considering it.
This was plausible given that many still believe she was robbed of a win in 2016, a sentiment that is often brought up as Mueller investigates Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign was involved.
“I’d like to be president,” Clinton said in an interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher back in October further fueling speculations. “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.”
“The work would be work that I feel very well prepared for,” she added. “Having been at the Senate for eight years, having been a diplomat in the State Department, and it’s just going to be a lot of heavy lifting.”
But despite her undeniable qualifications, and decades in politics, this time, Clinton is choosing to stay on the sidelines.
“I’m thrilled by the exciting, dynamic women who were elected to Congress,” Clinton said about the new wave of progressive women making headlines. “And they’re already making their mark.”