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Democratic primary season continues to plod along, and the Democratic National Committee (with help from the broadcast networks) is doing its part to whittle the historically-large field down to a more palatable size. Tonight, ten Democrats will participate in the ABC News debate, down from 26 candidates who entered the primary with Oval Office ambitions.
However, unbeknownst to most voters, there’s a 27th candidate lurking in the wings. And despite not qualifying for the September 12 debate - or even declaring her intention to run for president - her stock is rising.
Candidate - Hillary - Clinton
That candidate is Hillary Clinton.
Wait, Didn't Clinton Say She Wouldn't Run for President in 2020?
Clinton - Politics
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Clinton had bowed out of formal Democratic politics.
Beyond suffering a stunning defeat in the 2016 election at the hands of Donald Trump - the most hated presidential candidate in US history - her political agenda is now woefully out of touch with the Trump-era Democratic voting bloc.
Clinton - Policy - Platform - Republicans - Edge
Clinton’s 2016 policy platform, attacked as alarmingly radical by the Republicans, would place her toward the far right edge of the 2020 Democratic field. A staunch defender of her husband during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, she also carries significant baggage in the post-#MeToo Democratic party.
Consequently, hardly anyone was surprised when in March, she confirmed that she would trade the White House Rose Garden for a lifetime of walks in the woods. “I’m not running,” she said, seemingly putting speculation about her 2020 ambitions to rest.
Week - NBC - News - Clinton - Support
Just last week, NBC News reported that Clinton has quietly been providing support to Elizabeth Warren as she seeks to consolidate support from the party’s ascendant progressive wing and upset odds-on favorite Joe Biden. That doesn’t sound like the strategy of a politician preparing to launch her own campaign.
However, not everyone is convinced that Hillary Clinton will avoid the temptation...
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