Hillary Clinton says she 'can't imagine' running for president again

Hillary Clinton says she 'can't imagine' running for president again
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: The center strikes back Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE says she "can't imagine" running for president again but says in a new interview that she's "going to keep speaking out" about President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE.

“I can’t imagine that, no,” the former secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said Monday on Tina Brown's podcast "TBD" when asked whether she could change her mind about running in 2020.

“I am very worried about the direction that Trump and his allies are taking us,” she added. “Just because I’m not running, I’m not going to keep my mouth shut. I’m going to keep speaking out.”


Clinton discussed the challenges for women running for president in 2020, such as Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: The center strikes back Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden, Harris send well wishes for Father's Day The U.S. and Mexico must revamp institutions supporting their joint efforts Harris signals a potential breakthrough in US-Mexico cooperation MORE (D-Calif.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandGillibrand: Military must make changes beyond sexual assault cases COVID-19 long-haulers press Congress for paid family leave Ocasio-Cortez, Gillibrand and Moulton call for more high-speed rail funding in infrastructure package MORE (D-N.Y.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocrats scramble to unify before election bill brawl Hillicon Valley: Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC | Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cyber during summit with Putin | TSA working on additional security regulations following Colonial Pipeline hack Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC MORE (D-Minn.).

“How does a woman stand up for herself on the biggest stage in the world without ... looking aggressive, maybe a little bit angry, that somebody is behaving like that, being willing to go toe-to-toe when there are so few memories embedded in our collective DNA where women do that?” Clinton said of presidential debates.

“So yes, I'm willing to stand up for what I believe in ... but that is still kind of scary for some people. So how do you get on this kind of Goldilocks path where you're not too strong and you're not too weak, you're not too aggressive and you're not too passive? This is still a problem for women on the public stage.”

Clinton has signaled before that she would not launch a third White House bid after running in 2008 and 2016, though CNN White House correspondent Jeff Zeleny reported last month that Clinton had not ruled out making another White House bid in 2020. 

Late last month on CNN, former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta tamped down on speculation that she would pursue another presidential bid, calling the idea "media catnip" and emphasizing that Clinton "is not running."

In her interview on Monday, Clinton also criticized Trump while discussing his summit this week with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam, predicting that the U.S. would not leave discussions with an enforceable denuclearization deal.

“I've had so many guys who did business with [Trump] in real estate say, you know, he'd have a $15 million profit from a real estate deal which he would call $150 million and then he would call everybody and beg them not to contradict the press because he was going to tell them it was $150 million not $15 million,” Clinton said.

“So if he can put lipstick on a pig and he can say ‘OK this is what we're going to do with North Korea,’ and he keeps saying it over and over again and Fox News says it over and over again and other outlets say it over and over again.”