In the months before her first presidential run, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton did not hold out any illusions about the 2020 election.
In a July 30 interview with The Associated Press, Clinton said she was not interested in seeking the presidency.
“No, that’s not something that I am considering,” she said.
“And I will say this, I have no intention of running for president.
The one thing I would be prepared to do is go to any state and vote and help get somebody elected who is running for re-election and doing the right thing, that would be my preference.
But it’s not going to be something I’m going to do.”
The interview came amid a growing chorus of voices questioning the 2020 campaign, with the Clinton campaign arguing that a Democratic nominee would be stronger for Democrats in 2020 than a Republican nominee would have been in 2020.
As a result, some Democrats have said they are not concerned about 2020, and Clinton herself has also said she does not see an immediate 2020 run.
Clinton’s position is not a new one.
In February 2020, then-President Barack Obama said the same thing.
In May 2020, former President Bill Clinton said Clinton would not seek a fourth term, citing a lack of enthusiasm for his reelection bid.
“We are not running for anything,” Clinton told ABC’s This Week.
This week, The Associated the Clinton’s campaign had a message for voters.
“The reality is that in 2020, there are so many factors out there that we don’t even know how to gauge,” campaign manager Robby Mook said in an interview with the AP.
“So we are going to take our time to look at everything, from polling to voter turnout, to the economy and we are also going to look into what the next steps are for us.”
Mook added that the campaign would continue to “take our time” to assess what happens next, but that there was a general expectation that the next four years would be “a long time in politics.”
“We have a lot of work to do,” Mook added.
“But we’re confident that the American people are going the right way, that they will elect the next president and that they are going a lot farther.”