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Third Time Won't Be the Charm for Clinton

But two-time candidate says 'I'm not going anywhere,' as Jeff Merkley also declines to run
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2019 3:00 AM CST
Hillary Clinton speaks to Donald Trump during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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(Newser) – Whatever happens in the 2020 election, it's definitely not going to be a rerun of 2016. Hillary Clinton, 2016's Democratic nominee, tells News12 that she has ruled out a 2020 White House bid—but she's "not going anywhere" and will work with Democratic candidates. "I'm not running, but I'm going to keep on working and speaking and standing up for what I believe," she says. "I want to be sure that people understand I'm going to keep speaking out," says Clinton, who is worried that Americans have become politically polarized "unlike anything I've ever seen in my adult life." Asked whether she would consider running for any kind of elected office again, she said: "I don't think so." Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, one of the Senate's most left-leaning members, also announced that he won't seek the White House in this election cycle, reports the Washington Post.

Clinton says she has already spoken to potential 2020 Democratic candidates and warned them not to take anything for granted, Politico reports. "We have to work really, really hard to make our case to the American people, and I'm gonna do everything I can to help the Democrats win back the White House," she says. Clinton had previously denied considering a 2020 run, but she left the door open enough to cause speculation, CNN reports. "Well, I'd like to be president," she said in October. "I think, hopefully, when we have a Democrat in the Oval Office in January of 2021, there's going to be so much work to be done." (Clinton friends said in January that they'd be "greatly surprised" if she launched a 2020 bid.)

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