Progressives would 'lose their minds' if Clinton ran for president again, says GOP pollster

Republican pollster Conor Maguire said in an interview that aired Tuesday on Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking" that the progressive wing of the Democratic Party would "lose their minds" if Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley — Presented by AT&T — NRCC exposes security flaws 2 years after Russia hacks | Google Plus to shut down early | Scathing House report scolds Equifax for breach | McCarthy knocks Google ahead of CEO's hearing Press: Mueller closes in on Trump McCarthy dismisses Dem-led Trump probes MORE launched a third presidential bid. 

"I think the new wing of the party would absolutely lose their minds if Hillary came back and tried to redirect it back towards her," Maguire, a senior client strategist at WPA Intelligence, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

"They have fought so hard to really readjust the party and get themselves back on track, and Hillary would just be an absolute step in the wrong direction for them," he continued. 

Former Clinton adviser Mark Penn and Andrew Stein, a former Democratic Manhattan borough president and president of the New York City Council, both predicted in an op-ed published earlier this week that Clinton would launch a presidential run in 2020. 

“True to her name, Mrs. Clinton will fight this out until the last dog dies,” they wrote. “She won’t let a little thing like two stunning defeats stand in the way of her claim to the White House.”

Various progressive candidates, including Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), have aligned themselves closely with Clinton's progressive 2016 primary opponent, Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCorker to introduce resolution holding Saudi crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi's death Gillum reached out to O’Rourke amid 2020 speculation: report O'Rourke spoke with Al Sharpton amid 2020 speculation MORE (I-Vt.). Sanders has been floated as a potential 2020 Democratic contender. 

— Julia Manchester