Despite her dismal failure to defeat Donald Trump in 2016, and her perpetual excuse-making for that surprising loss ever since, failed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton still retains some influence over her party as it gears up for the 2020 election.
As such, reports have circulated that a number of potential 2020 candidates have sought out Clinton for her advice and support in preparation for their expected runs, placing Clinton in the position of being a king- or queen-maker for the party in the process.
Some of those potential candidates include New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, among other unnamed candidates who have meetings scheduled in the near future.
While it would seem unlikely Clinton would run herself in 2020, some loyalists have left open the possibility.
“It’s somewhere between highly unlikely and zero,” longtime Clinton aide Philippe Reines told Politico in October, “but it’s not zero.” The following month, longtime Clinton pollster Mark Penn predicted in The Wall Street Journal that Clinton would run in 2020 as “Hillary Clinton 4.0” by completing a 360-degree rotation back to “back to the universal-health-care-promoting progressive firebrand of 1994.”
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