Hillary Clinton says she's not running in 2020

Hillary Clinton says she's not running in 2020
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Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton after debate: 'Everyone better vote' Hillary Clinton: 'Black Lives Matter' is 'very profoundly a theological statement' House in near-unanimous vote affirms peaceful transfer of power MORE says she's not running for president again. 

"I'm not running," the 2016 Democratic nominee told News 12 Westchester. But Clinton added that she would continue "working and speaking and standing up for what I believe."

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"I want to be sure that people understand I'm going to keep speaking out," Clinton told the local news network. "I'm not going anywhere. What's at stake in our country, the kinds of things that are happening right now, are deeply troubling to me."

"We've gotten not just polarized," she continued. "We've gotten into, really, opposing camps unlike anything I've ever seen in my adult life." 

Clinton said she plans to take an active role in the next election cycle, which already features a crowded field of Democratic candidates. Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Memo: Debate or debacle? Biden will keep debating Trump, campaign says Joe Scarborough urges Biden: 'Do not do anymore debates' MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren won't meet with Barrett, calling Trump's nomination an 'illegitimate power grab' The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's tax bombshell | More election drama in Pennsylvania | Trump makes up ground in new polls New Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments MORE (D-Mass.), Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Social media platforms put muscle into National Voter Registration Day Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight MORE (D-Minn.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerWarren won't meet with Barrett, calling Trump's nomination an 'illegitimate power grab' Schumer won't meet with Trump's Supreme Court pick This week: Senate kicks off Supreme Court fight MORE (D-N.J.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump, Biden clash over health care as debate begins Biden calls Trump a 'liar' and a 'clown' at first debate Biden mocks Trump campaign debate claims: 'I've got my earpiece and performance enhancers ready' MORE (I-Vt.) are just a handful of the prominent leaders who have announced their candidacy. 

Clinton has met with a range of candidates and individuals considering a presidential run. CNN reported that the onetime first lady and New York senator met with Klobuchar and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE in February.

Biden is still considering whether he will launch a 2020 campaign. Clinton told News 12 Westchester that she's told every candidate she's met with so far to not take "anything for granted."

"People need to understand that, in many cases, they were sold a bill of goods," she said. "We can't take anything for granted. We have to work really, really hard to make our case to the American people, and I'm going to do everything I can to help the Democrats win back the White House." 

Clinton had been widely expected to secure the Oval Office before eventually losing to President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE.