Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMeghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' Hill: Trump reelection would spur 'one constitutional crisis after another' Trump defends indicted GOP congressman MORE has privately said that she would consider entering the Democratic primary if she saw a scenario in which she could win, The New York Times reported.
Clinton is skeptical that such a scenario exists, however, according to the newspaper.
The Times offered the report in a lengthy story about Democrats' fears of whether the candidates they have in the 2020 race are capable of beating President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE.
It also reported that Michael BloombergMichael BloombergDemocrats' combative approach to politics is doing more harm than good Battling over Biden's agenda: A tale of two Democratic parties Budget impasses mark a critical turning point in Biden's presidency MORE, the former New York City mayor who has flirted with running for president, has also said he would consider entering the race if he saw a path to victory.
In these conversations, both Clinton and Bloomberg have indicated they are skeptical there would be a path for them to win the Democratic primary, according to the Times.
The newspaper reported that the two have made these remarks in private conversations in recent weeks.
Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaYouTube confirms it picked kids featured in Harris video Photos of the Week: Congressional Baseball Game, ashen trees and a beach horse The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Gears begin to shift in Congress on stalled Biden agenda MORE, who has repeatedly ruled out a run for office, and Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownWaters hopes there's no attempt to make deep cuts to housing proposal America can end poverty among its elderly citizens Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair MORE (D-Ohio), who has also said he would not run for president, are other Democrats for whom some in the party are pining, according to the story.
Brown acknowledged to the Times that he has faced more pressure from Democratic officials, donors and organized labor to run, describing it as having "become more frequent."
The Times also talked to former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), who also said he'd been asked by friends to reconsider running for president.