With President Joe Biden’s continued plummeting approval poll numbers, and with Vice President Kamala Harris not far behind, many have speculated who the Democratic Party might consider fielding in the 2024 presidential election.
Some of that speculation has centered around former Secretary of State and multiple-time presidential election loser Hillary Clinton. But according to the Washington Examiner, Clinton denies that she’s anywhere close to entertaining the notion of another run for the White House.
In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Clinton made it crystal clear that she’s simply not interested.
“No, out of the question,” Clinton told the outlet. “First of all, I expect Biden to run. He certainly intends to run. It would be very disruptive to challenge that.”
Would Hillary Clinton run again for US president? ‘No, out of the question,’ she replies.
— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) June 17, 2022
“We are standing on the precipice of losing our democracy, and everything that everybody else cares about then goes out the window,” she said in the interview, adding that having a Republican in the White House in 2024 is “frightening.”
Clinton turned her focus to the upcoming 2022 midterms in November when Democrats are widely predicted to emerge with a record amount of losses to Republican candidates.
“Look, the most important thing is to win the next election,” Clinton said. “The alternative is so frightening that whatever does not help you win should not be a priority.”
While the Republican side has a relatively deep bench, even if former President Donald Trump decides not to run, Democrats do not have the same luxury. One can bet that the party is scrambling to find a diamond in the rough out there who stands a better chance of taking on a strong Republican opponent in 2024.