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As Hillary Re-Emerges, Some Democrats Worry

Former adviser Reines, however, says the party would be foolish to disregard her
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2018 11:16 AM CDT
Hillary Clinton says she isn't running, but not everybody believes her.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(Newser) – "No, I'm not going to run again." So declared Hillary Clinton this week in an interview with BBC Radio. Clinton, however, said she planned to remain in the public eye criticizing President Trump, reports CNBC. One thing that seems clear: Given her re-emergence on the national stage, lots of people think she will, in fact, run for president in 2020—and lots of Democrats are conflicted about that. Details and developments:

  • Pro-Hillary: A Politico piece headlined "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Hillary?" talks to some of those conflicted Democrats. But it also quotes from Clinton adviser Philippe Reines, who argues that no other Democrat even comes close to her base of support. "Chalking the loss up to her being a failed candidate is an oversimplification," he says. "She is smarter than most, tougher than most, she could raise money easier than most, and it was an absolute fight to the death." He thinks it's unlikely, but possible, that she will run. The chances are "not zero."
  • Anti-Hillary: A good example of the "please, no" camp is a piece by Liz Mair in the Daily Beast, who likens Clinton to a zombie who won't stay down. "Hillary remains caught up in the delusion that the only reason she lost in 2016 was because of Russian interference," writes Mair. "She does not seem to have fully processed the fact that she lost the Electoral College, the only vote that counts."

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