The name of failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has consistently been floated throughout the ongoing 2020 primary process as a prospective late entrant into the race if no clear frontrunner emerges in the near future, and she has allowed those rumors to persist by not definitively dismissing the possibility.
Clinton did, however, seem to knock down a report that emerged over the weekend that she was being considered as a potential running mate for former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg if he should secure the Democratic Party’s nomination, Breitbart reported.
Clinton dismisses speculation
The former secretary of State was in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday for a Clinton Global Initiative event when she was asked about the possibility of serving as Bloomberg’s choice for vice president on a general election ticket.
“Oh, no. I’m just waiting and watching as this plays out,” Clinton reportedly replied.
“I will support whoever the nominee is because I think, for all the reasons you can imagine, and here in Puerto Rico there are many, we need to have a new president for our country,” she added, noting that she hopes to see the citizens of Puerto Rico — which is a U.S. territory but not a state — gain the right to vote in presidential elections.
Hillary Clinton says she will NOT consider being Bloomberg’s VP pic.twitter.com/lrzfaEEuiA
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 18, 2020
Drudge Report scoop
Politico reported that the rumor that Clinton was under serious consideration as a possible running mate for Bloomberg originated as a “scoop” from news aggregator Drudge Report on Saturday. That report from Drudge claimed: “Sources close to Bloomberg campaign tell DRUDGE REPORT that candidate is considering Hillary as running mate, after their polling found the Bloomberg-Clinton combination would be a formidable force.”
Politico noted that Bloomberg’s campaign downplayed — but did not fully deny — the gist of the report that Clinton was indeed being considered.
Furthermore, it was also pointed out that Bloomberg himself was reportedly looking to shift his residency from his New York home to one in Colorado or Florida, which fueled the speculation even more given the customary precept that presidential and vice-presidential nominees must not hail from the same home state.
“I never say never”
This wasn’t the first time Clinton’s name has been floated as a possible vice-presidential candidate, according to Breitbart. It was once thought that she could be tapped as former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate.
But while Clinton downplayed the possibility of accepting such a role when asked about it by talk show host Ellen Degeneres earlier this month, she hedged her bets by saying, “I never say never because I do believe in serving my country.”
The prospects of Clinton agreeing to be anybody’s running mate seem rather implausible — especially given her undeniable ambition for the top spot — but it presumably remains a possibility nonetheless, and it seems inevitable that her name will continue to pop up in the discussion over the coming months in some form or fashion.