Given President Joe Biden’s high age and low approval numbers, there is a legitimate possibility that he may not run for a second term or be passed over by his party for the nomination in 2024, leaving Democratic strategists and the media to speculate about who might be the party’s nominee in Biden’s place.
Failed 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton has been mentioned in that regard, but she just shut down that idea rather decisively, The Hill reported.
Clinton made it clear that she has no plans to ever run for the presidency again during a recent interview with CBS News anchor Norah O’Donnell about the former presidential candidate, secretary of State, senator, and first lady’s new Apple TV+ docuseries “Gutsy” about brave women overcoming adversity.
Clinton a “No” on possible 2024 White House bid
At one point in the interview, O’Donnell asked directly, “Would you ever run for president again?” Without hesitation, Clinton immediately replied, “No, no.”
“But I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that we have a president who respects our democracy and the rule of law and upholds our institutions,” she added.
O’Donnell pressed the matter of whether Clinton’s political nemesis, former President Donald Trump, ran again in 2024, but Clinton said of her prior opponent, “He should be soundly defeated. It should start in the Republican Party. Grow a backbone, stand up to this guy.”
“And, heaven forbid, if he gets the nomination, he needs to be defeated roundly and sent back to Mar-a-Lago,” she added.
EXCLUSIVE: @HillaryClinton tells @NorahODonnell she does not plan to run for president again, but did vow to do everything she can to ensure a future president “respects our democracy.” Adding if Trump runs again that Republicans should “grow a backbone.” pic.twitter.com/GMwJ6qMF5Y
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) September 6, 2022
Clinton previously said a 2024 run was “out of the question”
This is not the first time that Clinton has stated definitively that she has no intentions to make another bid for the presidency, as Business Insider reported in June that she had said another run in 2024 for the White House was “out of the question” during an interview with the Financial Times.
“First of all, I expect Biden to run. He certainly intends to run. It would be very disruptive to challenge that,” Clinton added at that time.
Except, regardless of President Biden’s insistence that he will seek a second term, a substantial portion of his own Democrats would prefer somebody else to be the nominee, according to most polls, and Clinton’s name has repeatedly popped up in such polls as a prominent top contender for the Democratic nomination if Biden doesn’t run again.
Of course, as everyone knows, politicians are prone to dishonesty, and Clinton may well be keeping her retained presidential ambitions a secret until a more opportune moment — such as Biden stepping back from the 2024 picture for some reason or another — to suddenly reverse course and throw her hat in the ring for a third attempt at the presidency.