Mark Penn, a former adviser to the Clintons, believes Hillary Clinton will make another run for president in 2020.
Penn, a frequent contributor to The Hill, co-wrote a Sunday op-ed for The Wall Street Journal with Andrew Stein, a former Democratic Manhattan borough president and president of the New York City Council.
“True to her name, Mrs. Clinton will fight this out until the last dog dies,” the pair wrote. “She won’t let a little thing like two stunning defeats stand in the way of her claim to the White House.”
They said Clinton will not allow her “humiliating loss” to President Trump during the 2016 presidential election end her political career.
“You can expect her to run for president once again,” they predicted. “Maybe not at first, when the legions of Senate Democrats make their announcements, but definitely by the time the primaries are in full swing.”
She has two years to review what went wrong during her last campaign bid and make a strategy, they wrote.
Longtime advisers and confidants quickly pushed back on reports that she was weighing another White House run.
“She’s more likely to win Powerball,” Philippe Reines, Clinton’s longtime adviser, told Thewikidaily.
Reines also reacted to a recent op-ed for The New York Times, which said that Clinton’s comments are distracting Democrats at a time when they should be focused on voters.
He fired back saying that the newspaper can’t “tell anyone what they can or can’t do,” and said that the suggestion for her to refrain from commenting showed hints of sexism.
“This is a refrain that people have heard over the years. And it’s silly,” Reines said. “People didn’t want her to run for Senate. She did. She won. People didn’t want her to be Secretary of State. She did. She did a great job. People didn’t want her to run, be president. She was the nominee. It’s just silly. It’s very inside baseball.
Penn and Stein, however, said that voters should not pay attention to “‘I won’t run’ declarations.”
“Mrs. Clinton knows both Mr. Clinton and Mr. Obama declared they weren’t running, until they ran,” the pair argued. “She may even skip Iowa and enter the race later, but rest assured that, one way or another, Hillary 4.0 is on the way.”