The two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton could run for president in 2024 if President Joe Biden decides not to run, CNN editor-in-chief Chris Cillizza wrote Tuesday.
Citing Friday’s Supreme Court ruling that was quashed Roe v. WadeCillizza claimed there had been “whispers” that Clinton would make a third bid to secure the Democratic nomination, adding that another White House run “would be something Clinton wouldn’t at least look at” if Biden refused to run again.
“As someone who has fought for women’s rights throughout her career as a first lady, US senator, and secretary of state, could the Supreme Court ruling have slightly altered her calculus as she looks to her own future?” asked Cillizza.
“Changing circumstances can lead to different thoughts,” the CNN editor-in-chief continued.
Despite media calls to re-run Clinton, Clinton has denied any interest in the nomination. “No, out of the question,” Clinton told the… Financial times in June. “First of all, I expect Biden to run. He certainly intends to run away. It would be very disruptive to challenge that.”
But Clinton’s refusal to consider the possibility of running in 2024 has not silenced the “whispers.” Juan William wrote an opinion article in the Hill on Monday suggested Clinton might be the right Democrat to replace Biden.
“Democrats need a strong voice ready to fight to restore women’s rights as the Supreme Court has struck down Roe v. Wade,” Williams wrote.
“Unlike most Democrats who don’t care about an interim message, Clinton knows how to deal with bullying the far right,” Williams continued. “The GOP’s media echo chamber demonized her long ago. She still beat Donald Trump in the popular vote in 2016.”
“There’s only one Hillary Clinton,” Williams praised the failed presidential candidate.
With Biden’s polls dropping below 30, the media and some Democrats are pressuring Biden to stop participating because of his age. Meanwhile, Democrats and their media allies are trying to find a replacement for Biden in case he chooses not to be re-elected.
Public opinion is against Biden. Polls show a majority of voters believe Biden is unfit to be president and question his mental acumen. Fifty-eight percent say Biden should disclose his mental health status. And a majority of voters expect Vice President Kamala Harris to assume the presidency before Biden’s first term is over.
The pressure has reportedly turned on Biden, who has complained that the media and the Democratic Party are disloyal to him. The Time noted that Biden is “annoyed” by the “disrespect from their party and the press”, while also bemoaning a lack of “loyalty”, of which there have been “few”.
Even more frustrating for Biden, polls show he is far behind former President Donald Trump in a hypothetical 2024 match-up: here, here, here, here, here and here. Still, poll data isn’t much better for Clinton, who also follows Trump by double digits.
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