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Hillary Clinton says ‘I’d like to be president,’ talks 2020 in confusing remarks

At October's Atlantic Festival, former (and future?) presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes puzzling comments about wanting to be president, and the upcoming 2020 race. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Former presidential candidate and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made some very confusing remarks regarding her current desire to be president of the United States of America, and her possible plans for 2020.

What did she say?

During a discussion with Recode's Kara Swisher on Friday, Clinton was pressed on whether she'd decided if she'd run for president once again during for the 2020 election cycle.

Initially, Clinton replied, "No. ... No."

The pregnant pause caught Swisher's attention, who aptly observed, "That was a pause."

Clinton responded, "Well, I'd like to be president. 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."

She added that she was going to start thinking about 2020 after midterm elections.

"I'm not even going to think about it until we get through this Nov. 6 election, about what's going to happen after that, but I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure we have a Democrat in the White House come January of 2021."

Elsewhere in the interview, Clinton said, "I mean we have confused everybody in the world, including ourselves. We have confused our friends and our enemies. They have no idea what the United States stands for, what we’re likely to do, what we think is important, so the work would be work that I feel very well prepared for having been at 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."

You can listen to her remarks in the audio player below.

Anything else?

Phillippe Reines, one of Clinton's longtime aides, revealed that another presidential bid wasn't 100 percent out of the realm of possibility.

Reines told Politico that Clinton's likelihood of running for president in 2020 was "somewhere between 'highly unlikely' and zero ... but it's not zero."

"It’s curious why Hillary Clinton’s name isn’t in the mix — either conversationally or in formal polling — as a 2020 candidate," Reines told Politico. "She’s younger than Donald Trump by a year. She's younger than Joe Biden by four years. Is it that she’s run before? This would be Bernie Sanders's second time, and Biden’s third time. Is it lack of support? She had 65 million people vote for her."

Reines also added, "[Clinton] is smarter than most, tougher than most, she could raise money easier than most, and [the 2016 presidential election] was an absolute fight to the death."

Clinton's popularity level, however, doesn't necessarily make her a feasible Democratic candidate.

A recent Gallup poll's findings reported that Clinton was polling at 36 percent — which was 5 points lower than Trump at the time of polling.

President Donald Trump has also addressed another Clinton run in recent weeks.

On Oct. 16, the president tweeted, "I was recently asked if Crooked Hillary Clinton is going to run in 2020? My answer was, 'I hope so!'"

One last thing…
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