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Putting an end to weeks of speculation and waiting, Democrat Hillary Clinton has announced that she will not make a third run for president in 2020.
“I’m not running but I’m going to keep working, and speaking, and standing up for what I believe,” says the former secretary of state, senator and first lady.
News reports weeks ago of Clinton’s thoughts of jumping in made it sound like it was all about ego and emotion and nothing that said that Clinton was actually thinking this out in any meaningful way.
Unlike Clinton’s 2016 run, she would have faced a much larger field of rivals for the nomination in 2020. And, unlike 2016 where she enjoyed nominal front-runner status, that certainly would not have been the case this time.
The news reports essentially made it out that Clinton contemplated a potential rematch against Donald Trump, that she sensed strength against him since she won the popular vote the last time and that Trump now is even more unpopular with the American people.
However, the 2020 field of Democratic hopefuls already consists of several female candidates, including several considered more progressive than Clinton.
Clinton also would likely have had difficulty battling in the primary season against former vice president Joe Biden, who is said to be seriously considering the race.
Clinton’s first run for the White House occurred in 2008 and resulted in Clinton losing the nomination to Barack Obama.