Clinton aide: Chances 'highly unlikely' but 'not zero' Hillary will run for president again

Clinton aide: Chances 'highly unlikely' but 'not zero' Hillary will run for president again
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A top aide to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic strategist laments 'low bar' for Biden debate performance Wasserman Schultz makes bid for House Appropriations Committee gavel Trump to hold campaign rally in Pennsylvania next month MORE says the former secretary of State has not ruled out a future bid for president, possibly including a 2020 rematch against President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE.

Philippe Reines, who served as a senior adviser to Clinton at the State Department, tells Politico in an interview that he thinks it is "unlikely" that Clinton would mount a 2020 bid, but cautioned that it was not an impossibility.

“It’s somewhere between highly unlikely and zero,” he tells in the interview, “but it’s not zero.”

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Reines goes on to argue that Clinton remains a viable 2020 candidate due to her support base, pointing to the tens of millions of people who voted for her in the 2016 presidential election. Her support, he argues, remains higher than other potential Democratic contenders including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance Wasserman Schultz makes bid for House Appropriations Committee gavel Overnight Health Care: Crunch time for Congress on surprise medical bills | CDC confirms 47 vaping-related deaths | Massachusetts passes flavored tobacco, vaping products ban MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance Warren speech in Georgia interrupted by pro-charter school protesters Hillicon Valley: Senators ask Trump to halt Huawei licenses | Warren criticizes Zuckerberg over secret dinner with Trump | Senior DHS cyber official to leave | Dems offer bill on Libra oversight MORE (D-Mass.).

“Chalking the loss up to her being a failed candidate is an oversimplification,” he tells Politico. “She is smarter than most, tougher than most, she could raise money easier than most, and it was an absolute fight to the death.”

“There’s no one in the Democratic Party who has anywhere near a base of 32 million people. That’s multiples of what a Sanders or a Warren have," Reines adds.

Sanders and Warren have both been floated as leaders who could unite the warring wings of the party ahead of a possible 2020 challenge, and both senators have been reportedly making strategic moves in recent weeks that could be seen as preparation for a future bid.

A recent poll of Democrats' views of top 2020 contenders showed Sanders in second place, ahead of Warren but trailing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance Watergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Deal on defense bill proves elusive | Hill, Holmes offer damaging testimony | Trump vows to block Navy from ousting officer from SEALs MORE. Clinton, who defeated Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary and won the popular vote in the general election, was not listed on the poll.

A former Clinton campaign strategist threw cold water on the likelihood of a 2020 bid for president from the former first lady earlier this year, calling the prospect a "pipe dream" in an interview with Hill TV