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 ClintonFBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it Harris adds key Clinton aide, women of color to 2020 campaign: report Democrats more likely Trump's foil, than to foil Trump 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) SandersBernie Sanders to sign pledge affirming he will run as a Democrat Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Drug pricing fight centers on insulin | Florida governor working with Trump to import cheaper drugs | Dems blast proposed ObamaCare changes Hillicon Valley: Microsoft reveals new Russian hack attempts | Google failed to disclose hidden microphone | Booker makes late HQ2 bid | Conservative group targets Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon MORE (I-Vt.). Sanders has been floated as a potential 2020 Democratic contender. 

— Julia Manchester