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Hillary Clinton 2020? Twice failed Dem presidential candidate is not 'closing the doors' to third WH run


First she lost to Obama in 2008, then to Trump in 2016

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Is the third time really the charm?

Hillary Clinton lost to Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. In 2016, as the Democratic presidential nominee, she lost to Donald Trump in the general election. But two failed White House campaigns may not be enough for Clinton, who is reportedly mulling a third presidential run.

What are the details?

According to CNN's Jeff Zeleny, Clinton has not yet given up her White House hopes.

The top CNN reporter explained Sunday that news from special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation — which last week included the indictment of Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump pre-White House — has renewed Clinton's Oval Office dreams.

"Clinton is telling people that she's not closing the doors to the idea of running in 2020," Zeleny explained. "I'm told by three people that as recently as this week, she was telling people that look, given all this news from the indictments, particularly the Roger Stone indictment, she talked to several people, saying 'look, I'm not closing the doors to this.'"

Still, the reporter cautioned that despite Clinton's interest, that "does not mean that there's a campaign-in-waiting, or a plan in the works."

"Most losing presidential candidates never totally close the doors to running for president. But I think we have to at least leave our mind open to the possibility that she is still talking about it. She wants to take on Trump. Could she win a Democratic primary to do it? I don't know the answer to that," he explained.

Could Clinton face Trump again?

While a Clinton-Trump rematch might make a successful Hollywood plot, the likelihood of a rematch is very low. After all, Clinton already lost to Trump — and Democrats are obsessed with ensuring Trump doesn't win re-election. So why nominate someone whose presidential campaign record is winless?

Indeed, Democrats will have more than a dozen new and viable options come 2020.

Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Cory Booker (N.J.), and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) will all likely be major candidates, in addition to former Vice President Joe Biden and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas). Other popular Democrats like former Attorney General Eric Holder, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg may also enter the race.

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