Adviser: Clinton not running for Obama’s third term
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PHILADELPHIA — Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE’s campaign chairman on Wednesday rejected the notion that a Clinton presidency would represent a third term for President Obama.

“We believe he’s done a terrific job for the American people, but we’re not running for his third term,” Podesta told reporters. “She has a new set of ideas.”

Podesta made the remark hours before Obama is scheduled to take the stage and speak on Clinton's behalf at the Democratic National Convention here.


Republicans have repeatedly warned that electing Clinton as president would be tantamount to a third term for Obama.

But Democrats are currently happy to embrace Obama, who holds a strong approval rating for a second-term president.

Podesta on Wednesday framed Clinton as independent from Obama while praising the president’s legacy.

“I think from the beginning of this campaign we celebrated the success of the Obama presidency, but we’ve also said there are new challenges to be taken on going forward to make the economy work better for working people,” he said. “The president, of course, inherited the worst recession since the Great Depression. He kept us from falling into a second great depression. He’s had tremendous legislative accomplishment.”

Obama joined Clinton on the trail for the first time earlier this month and is expected to campaign for her ahead of the November election.

“We’re looking forward to his being out on the campaign trail for us in the fall,” he added. “We’ll use him as much as we can get him, because he’s a great and effective person to frame for the American people about this choice and talk about what the stakes are and the job is like to be sitting behind that desk, making the life-and-death decisions that a president needs to make, and why she’s the right choice and Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth MORE is not.”