Clinton on Potential 2020 Run: 'I'd Like to Be President'

October 29, 2018

Two-time presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said during a podcast taping in New York City on Saturday that when it comes to 2020, she doesn't want to run but would "like to be president."

"Do you wanna run again?" Kara Swisher, host of "Recode Decode," asked Clinton.

"No," Clinton said after a brief pause, which the moderator noted. "Well, I'd like to be president," she explained.

"I think, hopefully, when we have a Democrat in the Oval Office in January of 2021, there's going to be so much work to be done. We have confused everybody in the world, including ourselves. We have confused our friends and our enemies. They have no idea what the United States stands for, what we're likely to do, what we think is important," she said.

"The work would be work I feel very well prepared for, having been in the Senate for eight years, having been a diplomat in the State Department," Clinton said. "It's just going to be a lot of heavy lifting."

"Will you be doing any of that lifting?" Swisher asked.

"I have no idea," Clinton said, "but I'm not going to even think about that until we get through this November 6 election ... but I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure we have a Democrat in the White House come January 2021."

The discussion then turned to the likely candidates for the Democratic nomination in 2020, a race that will begin soon after the midterm elections. Michael Avenatti, who became a prominent figure in the media as the lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, has repeatedly said he is interested in running. Other potential candidates include Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif), Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) and former Vice President Joe Biden.

"Who among them are you interested in?" Swisher asked, referencing the numerous potential Democrats that Clinton hopes will take the Oval Office in 2021.

Clinton, however, refused to offer any endorsement, saying she was instead focused on the current midterms and with so many potential presidential candidates, she didn't want to get ahead of the race.

"I'm not going to handicap the race before anyone actually gets into it," Clinton said. "We may have as many as 15, 20 candidates. That's a big group to try and sort itself out."