The 2020 presidential campaign is well underway.
Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager John Podesta has, this week, hit back at reports that the 71-year-old is contemplating a second presidential bid in 2020.
On Sunday, CNN political reporter Jeff Zeleny said: “I’m told by three people that as recently as this week, she was telling people that look, given all this news from the indictments, particularly the Roger Stone indictment, she talked to several people, saying ‘Look, I’m not closing the doors to this.’”
“I think this is media catnip,” Podesta said on CNN Tuesday night. “I take her at her word. She’s not running for president.”
Host Erin Burnett asked Podesta about Clinton’s plans after rumours circulated earlier this week that she was still contemplating a potential run.
“I love her. I wish she was president … she would’ve been a great president, but she says she’s not running for president,” Podesta added.
Whenever asked, Clinton herself has rejected the idea that she would run again. "No, I'm not going to run again," she said more than a year ago, giving a version of an answer she has repeated several times since.
At present, Clinton is in Puerto Rico with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, taking in a production of the musical "Hamilton" and supporting their foundation's recovery efforts from hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Hurricane Maria decimated trees and ecosystems in Puerto Rico. Para La Naturaleza's nurseries have made a CGI commitment to plant 750,000 trees in seven years. The team here has already grown 120,000 seedlings and planted 30,000 trees. pic.twitter.com/QR1T5cvtxR— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 28, 2019
The Clinton Foundation has announced a partnership with the Solar Foundation and other humanitarian groups to help restore electricity in hurricane-battered Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Democratic Senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand have all thrown their hat into the ring and will be joined officially by Former San Antonio mayor and HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Former Rep. John Delaney, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Humanitarian-mind entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
Whoever emerges will face Trump, who has already raised more than $100 million for reelection to a second term.
Historically, Americans have more often than not voted in their presidents for a second term.