Former State Secretary Hillary Clinton has run for president twice and lost twice, and she’s become especially sore since her 2016 loss to former President Donald Trump.
With Trump apparently planning to run again, Clinton has been fielding questions about a possible rematch between her and the 45th president.
Clinton gave a definitive answer Tuesday on CBS Evening News… and it may surprise you.
CBS News host Norah O’Donnell asked Clinton point-blank, “Would you ever run for president again?”
“No, no,” Clinton replied. “But I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that we have a president who respects our democracy and the rule of law and upholds our institutions.”
President Joe Biden, like Clinton, lost a presidential race twice. He won on his third attempt.
However, Clinton is staying away from elected office, and she specifically ruled out the possibility of a rematch against Trump.
She said that “he should be soundly defeated” but that “it should start in the Republican Party.”
Biden has expressed his plans to run again, and Clinton has promised to support him in both a Democratic primary and a general election.
Before long, Clinton used the interview to repeat the talking points of a sore loser, and she walked back her previous critiques of the FBI.
“Was I happy when I beat Donald Trump by nearly 3 million votes but lost the electoral college? No! I was not happy,” Clinton said. “Did I even for a nanosecond think, ‘I’m going to claim victory and try to get the Democrats to refuse to certify the election?’ No!”
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Clinton said that the FBI’s recent raid of Trump’s home was not politically motivated. She said no such thing about the FBI’s investigation into her mishandling of classified emails between 2009 and 2013
“I had a very different situation where I was cleared, and the guy just kept talking and talking and then came up with a new reason to talk some more 10 days before the election,” Clinton said of the FBI director.
“There’s no doubt at all that he impacted very negatively my chances of winning. So it was in the middle of an election. There was no there there, and the guy never shut up. So I think it’s a really different comparison to what’s going on here. It appears that the Justice Department and the FBI have been incredibly patient, quiet, careful until they finally — apparently — thought that national security was at stake.”
In 2018, the Office of the Inspector General — the State Department’s oversight agency — performed a review of the FBI’s investigation into Clinton. The Inspector General found no evidence of any political bias against Clinton.
Clinton started her CBS News interview by promoting her new docuseries Gutsy Women, based on her book of the same name. She described her second run for president as the gutsiest thing she’d ever done in public life.
When discussing “gutsy women,” Clinton named outgoing Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.
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“I think she’s done a great historic service to the United State and paid a price for it, which was gutsy,” Clinton said, referring to Cheney.
“Grow a backbone. Stand up to this guy,” Clinton told other Republicans. “Heaven forbid. If gets the nomination, he needs to be defeated roundly and sent back to Mar-a-Lago.”
All in all, Clinton has decided against running for president, told Republicans to stop Trump during the primary elections and spoken fondly of Cheney.
Hillary Clinton is heading down a path toward endorsing Liz Cheney in a Republican primary.
Watch the video here —
EXCLUSIVE: @HillaryClinton tells @NorahODonnell she does not plan to run for president again, but did vow to do everything she can to ensure a future president “respects our democracy.” Adding if Trump runs again that Republicans should “grow a backbone.” pic.twitter.com/GMwJ6qMF5Y
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) September 6, 2022
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