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People Are Chattering About Clinton 2020

Though the 'NYT' sees the chances as 'remote'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2019 1:57 PM CDT
Hillary Clinton lectures on foreign policy at Rackham Auditorium, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Mich.   (Jacob Hamilton/Ann Arbor News via AP)

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton is not running in 2020. Right? She's said so herself. And yet the influential Drudge Report on Tuesday has a lead headline trumpeting, "Dem Halloween: Hillary Leaves Door Open." The headline links to the American Mirror, which has a story about what Clinton didn't say at a recent forum in Portland. When discussing the Democratic field, she said: “All that matters is that we win. I hate to be so, you know, simplistic about it. We have to nominate … the best …," which is when an audience member shouted, "You!" Clinton did not shut down the idea. She smiled and laughed and said, “Oh, my. Well, thank you." (Watch video of her answer here.)

That report, however, is not the only story generating some Clinton buzz. In the New York Times, Jonathan Martin reports that Clinton (as well as Michael Bloomberg) has told people privately in the last few weeks that she would consider running if she thought she could win and if there were an obvious opening. Translation: If Joe Biden dropped out or floundered in the polls. Sources tell Martin that she shares concerns about Biden as well as whether Elizabeth Warren is too liberal. All in all, though, Martin thinks the chances of her running are "remote." (Clinton has recently been tangling with Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard.)

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