Hillary Clinton's former campaign chief John Podesta insists she won't run for 2020 presidency

The former Clinton campaign chief, however, said that he wished she were the president, and added that there were some excellent candidates who are lining up for the DNC


                            Hillary Clinton's former campaign chief John Podesta insists she won't run for 2020 presidency

Hillary Clinton's former campaign chief John Podesta on Wednesday insisted that the former Secretary of State will not run for the 2020 presidential elections, according to reports. Podesta, while talking to CNN, said that he "takes her at her word" after Clinton told him that she was not planning to challenge Donald Trump this time.

"She's not running for president. We've got a lot of great candidates out there right now, and I think the Democratic primary is going to be a spirited one with a lot of great ideas coming forward," Podesta said. The former Clinton campaign chief, however, added that he wished she were the president, "but that's in the past," and added that there were some excellent candidates who are lining up for the Democratic National Convention (DNC).

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) embraces Center for American Progress President and CEO John Podesta before addressing the centers' 'American Idea: A More Perfect Union' conference at the Decatur House October 12, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) embraces Center for American Progress President and CEO John Podesta before addressing the centers' 'American Idea: A More Perfect Union' conference at the Decatur House October 12, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

Multiple influential women have announced their candidacy for the 2020 presidential run, those in the lineup include Democrat Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Kamala Harris of California; and Republican Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii. Despite Podesta's statement, there have been reports that Clinton might be thinking of running for the next election in the wake of the Roger Stone arrest and other indictments in the Mueller investigation, according to the Daily Mail.

"Clinton is telling people that she’s not closing the doors to the idea of running in 2020," one of the Democrat's close friends Jeff Zeleny told CNN. "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."

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to the audience at the annual convention of the American Federation of Teachers Friday, July 13, 2018 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images)
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to the audience at the annual convention of the American Federation of Teachers Friday, July 13, 2018 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images)

Clinton, who ran her historic bid for the presidency in 2016 becoming the first female nominee of the two major parties in the country's history, fought a tough campaign against Trump. Although the Democrat eventually won the popular vote by over three million, she could not defeat the Republican in the Electoral College. Podesta, while talking to the network, said that Clinton is currently on a visit to Puerto Rico to meet those whom President Trump had "abandoned" after Hurricane Maria.