The Democratic presidential candidate in 2016 who lost to President Donald Trump in an upset more than two years ago said in a Monday interview she has ruled out a bid for the 2020 presidential election — something she had teased for quite a while.
The former secretary of state told News 12 Westchester, a local TV station in Westchester County, New York, that she will not be running for president next year.
“I’m not running, but I’m going to keep on working and speaking and standing up for what I believe,” Hillary Clinton told the station.
It was her first local TV interview since the midterm elections.
Clinton shares a mansion in upscale Chappaqua, New York, with her husband, Bill Clinton.
They bought their main house in 1999 for $1.7 million. The 5,232-square-foot home sits on 1.1 acres, according to LoHud.com.
Then, in 2016, they also bought the adjacent property — for $1.16 million. It’s a 3,631-square-foot, ranch-style house right next to their main house on their private cul-de-sac.
“I love living in New York,” she also told the station.
Clinton said she is “not going anywhere” and that she is going to continue speaking out.
“What’s at stake in our country, the kind of things that are happening right now, are deeply troubling to me,” she also said.
“And I’m also thinking hard about how do we start talking and listening to each other again? We’ve just gotten so polarized. We’ve gotten into really opposing camps unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my adult life.”
Clinton, who is 71, added that she has met with some of the Democratic 2020 candidates.
“I’ve told every one of them: ‘Don’t take anything for granted, even though we have a long list of real problems and broken promises from this administration that need to be highlighted,'” she declared.
“People need to understand that in many cases, they were sold a bill of goods.”
“We can’t take anything for granted,” she added. “We have to work really, really hard to make our case to the American people, and I’m gonna do everything I can to help the Democrats win back the White House.”
Clinton herself had fueled some of the continuing speculation about a possible 2020 run, saying at one point, “I’d like to be president” — even as she then denied she wanted to try again for the White House in an interview ahead of the 2018 midterms.
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