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Again? Hillary Clinton 'Ready to be President, not Candidate'

  • Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton | Photo: Reuters

Published 11 November 2018

Clinton earlier said "No" when asked in an interview with Recode if she wanted to be a presidential candidate, yet adding "Well, I'd like to be president," opening the rumors that she may run again in 2020. 

Mark Penn, a former adviser to the Clintons, believes Hillary Clinton will make another run for president in 2020, according to The Hill, comments that were refuted by a spokesperson of the Clintons Sunday.

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Penn wrote in a recent op-ed that Clinton will not allow her “humiliating loss” to President Trump during the 2016 presidential race end her political career. 

“You can expect her to run for president once again,” he predicted in the oped for the Wall Street Journal. “Maybe not at first, when the legions of Senate Democrats make their announcements, but definitely by the time the primaries are in full swing.”

Hillary Clinton's spokesman Nick Merrill denied rumors Sunday that the former candidate was considering running for the presidency in 2020 after an ambiguous statement Clinton earlier gave to the press last month.

"There's going to be so much work to be done" by the Democrat who hopefully" beats President Donald Trump in the next elections because "we have confused everybody in the world, including ourselves. We have confused our friends and our enemies," she said. "They have no idea what the United States stands for or what we're likely to do."

The rumors come just days after the Nov. 6 elections in which 237 women were on ballots for House seats and at least 96 had won their races as of Wednesday afternoon, shattering the previous record and surpassing the 84 women currently in the House, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Eighty-four of the women who won were Democrats.

According to Clinton, the next president after Trump would have a lot of work on their hands, which she feels "very well prepared for, having been in the Senate for eight years, having been a diplomat in the State Department. And it's just going to be a lot of heavy lifting."

Clinton, who was a presidential candidate for the 2016 elections in the U.S., faced numerous criticisms for her involvement in Iraq, Libya, and her policies in Latin America.

According to leaked emails in 2016, it was revealed that the then U.S. Secretary of the State was personally involved in pushing out the late Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, spreading unending chaos in the country.  The reason given for this intervention was to protect citizens from the government. However, an email from the U.S. State Department official Harriet Spanos to Hillary suggested otherwise. It mentioned that there was no apparent danger of civilians from government forces. 

Not only Libya, but Clinton was also criticized by Bernie Sanders for her role in the Iraq invasion, asking her to apologize for destroying the country. Clinton voted to invade Iraq in October 2002, a war that has resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, the destruction of the country's infrastructure and the rise of the Islamic State group, the same group that Clinton had vowed to fight against after helping them rise. 

The possible presidential candidate for 2020 also had been accused of wanting to kill WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, approving of drone assassination in Pakistan, and the possibility of continuing the U.S. Shadow war in Africa

The politician's policies have also had a disastrous effect on Latin America. From supporting the 2009 coup in Honduras to forcing a free trade in Latin America resulting in a debt crisis, job cuts and selling out the region to corporates.

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