Clinton meets individually with potential 2020 Dems: report

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 Poll: Warren leads Biden in Maine by 12 points MORE has reportedly met with several Democrats considering presidential bids in 2020 amid private solicitations for her support from aspiring nominees.

CNN and Axios reported Friday that Clinton has had private conversations with prominent Democrats such as Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Warren leads in speaking time during debate MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio New study: Full-scale 'Medicare for All' costs trillion over 10 years MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Warren leads in speaking time during debate Democrats wrangle over whether to break up Big Tech in debate first MORE (D-N.J.), as well as others including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D).

"People are direct in saying they want her support," one source close to Clinton told CNN. "Others are reaching out."

ADVERTISEMENT

“Hillary wants Trump gone," another confidant of the former secretary of State and 2016 Democratic nominee told Axios. "She doesn’t know who’s best able to beat him, but she knows about grueling nomination fights."

"The savvy ones know she’s the most valuable endorser in the party not named Obama," that source added.

Nick Merrill, the former secretary's spokesman, told CNN that Clinton wasn't discussing her 2020 plans publicly but added that she was happy to talk to any candidate considering a run for president.

"I won't comment on private discussions she's had except to say that she's more than happy to talk to anyone considering a run about the challenges (as well as the great things) that go with it, and lessons learned on what to watch for in this next cycle (aside from Vladimir)," Merrill said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Clinton has not yet ruled out the possibility of a 2020 bid for president, saying last year that she would "like to be president," and has refused to discuss her 2020 plans in interviews.

The 2020 Democratic field is expected to attract many candidates, with Warren most recently announcing an exploratory committee for a presidential bid earlier this week in a video message to supporters.