Clinton vows to win nomination to keep Bloomberg out of race
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Democratic primary front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Pelosi blasts California Republicans for supporting tax bill MORE on Sunday vowed to win her party’s nomination for president to "relieve" former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg of any thoughts of running for president.

“The way I read what he said is if I didn’t get the nomination, he might consider it,” Clinton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Well, I’m going to relieve him of that and get the nomination so he doesn’t have to [run].”

“He’s a good friend of mine, and I’m going to do the best I can to make sure that I get the nomination, and we’ll go from there,” she added.

Bloomberg is reportedly considering a third-party White House bid if the race comes down to Democratic primary candidate Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDe Blasio headed to Iowa to speak at political fundraiser Yes, spills happen — but pipelines are still the safest way to move oil Why sexual harassment discussions include lawmakers talking about Bill Clinton’s past MORE and Republican primary front-runner Donald Trump.

Clinton on Sunday also defended lucrative speaking fees that she collected from big banks before her presidential run.

She said the payouts will not influence her policy platform as president.

“Absolutely not,” she said. “You know, first of all, I was a Senator from New York — I took them on when I was a senator.”