Hillary Clinton leaves door open for 2020 run: 'I'd like to be president'

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNYT columnist floats Biden-Cheney ticket in 2024 Centrist Democrats urge progressives to tamp down rhetoric Stacey Abrams's shocking snub of Biden, Harris signals possible 2024 aspirations MORE during an event over the weekend left the door open to a possible 2020 run, saying that even though she doesn't want to run, "I'd like to be president." 

Clinton's comments come as speculation has increased over whether she will launch another bid after the midterm elections. 

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"Do you want to run again?" Recode’s Kara Swisher asked during a Friday night Q&A with Clinton.

"No," Clinton replied quickly, sparking laughter from the audience. But when Swisher pressed her further, she added: "I’d like to be president."

Clinton went on to say that "there’s going to be so much work to be done" after a Democrat "hopefully" wins the next presidential election.

"The work would be work that I feel very well-prepared for having been in the Senate for eight years, having been a diplomat in the State Department," she said, listing off the qualifications that she often touted during her previous run. 

She added that she's not going to think about a possible run until after the midterm elections next month. 

Clinton and her husband, former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTo progressive Democrats: Follow the lesson of Maine state Sen. Chloe Maxmin Centrist Democrats urge progressives to tamp down rhetoric Overnight Health Care — Biden officials take heat at Senate hearing MORE, announced this month that they will be embarking on a 13-city tour over the next year, hosting discussions about current events and politics across the country. 

Clinton in September released a new afterward for her campaign memoir, "What Happened," criticizing the Trump administration’s policies and expressing concern that the nation’s democracy is “in crisis.”

She has stepped up her presence in the national spotlight, appearing in media interviews with greater frequency to criticize the GOP and President TrumpDonald TrumpClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' Sinema reignites 2024 primary chatter amid filibuster fight  Why not a Manchin-DeSantis ticket for 2024? MORE.

Longtime Clinton aide Philippe Reines in a Politico profile earlier this month said there is a "not zero" chance that the former secretary of State will run against Trump.

"It’s curious why Hillary Clinton’s name isn’t in the mix—either conversationally or in formal polling—as a 2020 candidate," Reines told Politico. "She’s younger than Donald Trump by a year. She's younger than Joe BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Democrats' struggle for voting rights bill comes to a head David Weil: Wrong man, wrong place, wrong time  Biden's voting rights gamble prompts second-guessing MORE by four years. Is it that she’s run before? This would be [Sen.] Bernie SandersBernie SandersWe are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified Overnight Health Care — Biden's Supreme Court setback Republican rep who voted to impeach Trump running for reelection MORE's second time, and Biden’s third time. Is it lack of support? She had 65 million people vote for her." 

When Politico asked if she's running, Reines said, "It’s somewhere between highly unlikely and zero, but it’s not zero."