Clinton vows to win nomination to keep Bloomberg out of race
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Democratic primary front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonAmazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods underscores the threat posed by ‘big data’ Pro-Trump group blasts 'rigged' Russia probe in ad starring Tomi Lahren Trump believes Russia 'probably' behind election hacking 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 SandersBernie SandersSanders dodges question on FBI investigation into his wife Major progressive group rolls out first incumbent House endorsement A bipartisan consensus against 'big pharma' is growing in Congress 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.”