Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has told Variety magazine she feels the “urge” to run because “the 2016 election was a really odd time and an odd outcome”.
Claiming she could beat Donald Trump this time, the former Democratic candidate did however make clear she would support the eventual nominee, saying, “I don’t think we can afford another four years of the current incumbent.”
“I think that would be absolutely dangerous to our democracy, and I’ll do whatever I can to make sure the Democrats win this time,” she continued.
“We have to be better than the other side, because they are highly organized and incredibly well funded, and they have foreign help…We should win, because I think people can see the broken promises and the failed actions of this current administration and so we should win, but we’re gonna have to overcome all of the obstacles they are throwing our way,’ she said.
Clinton has hinted in the past that she might run again in for the Democratic nomination, but the latest comments, whilst not explicitly ruling out the idea, appear to make that possibility less likely.
When asked about her latest criticisms of Bernie Sanders, whom she said “got nothing done”, didn’t really support her presidential campaign, and was a “career politician” who nobody liked, Clinton said the comments were not in reference to this election, having been recorded for an upcoming documentary over a year ago.
“I think we did that interview about a year and a half ago. I wasn’t thinking about the election by any means. I’ve said I’m going to support the nominee. But I do think it’s important to look at somebody’s record and look at what they’ve gotten done and see whether you agree with that or not. I think that’s what every voter paying attention should do.”
Clinton also expressed her hope that the Electoral College would be scrapped after she won the popular vote but still failed to take the White House in 2016.
“The person who gets the most votes should win,’ she claimed. “The Electoral College is an anachronism that foils the rights of the majority of Americans to choose our leaders.”