Clinton dodges questions about running in 2020 with a joke: 'I've always been a very slow runner'

Clinton dodges questions about running in 2020 with a joke: 'I've always been a very slow runner'
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Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Momentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Warning signs flash for Lindsey Graham in South Carolina MORE on Wednesday brushed off a question about running for president again in 2020 by spinning the suggestion into a joke about her athleticism.

The 2016 Democratic nominee spoke at a conference with The New York Times and was asked what it would take her to “run again.”

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“You know, I have always been a very, very slow runner,” Clinton said to laughter from the audience. “I am embarrassingly slow. I’ve tried to run races and I am so far behind that I start to walk, acting like that was what the plan was all the time.”

“So I don’t know that I’m going to take up competitive running right now, but I think you’re asking about something else, aren’t you?” she joked.

“Look, I think I would have been a really good president,” Clinton continued in a serious tone. “I think I could have been a very effective leader.”

She added that it was hard to make sense of what happened during the 2016 election, which she described as “deeply flawed” with “unprecedented problems.”

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But the grandmother of three noted that she is currently traveling with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, following the release of their book together: "The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.”

“Life is pretty good,” she concluded.

Republicans have been speculating in recent weeks whether Clinton would launch another campaign against President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE.

The New York Times reported last month that she has privately said that she would consider entering the Democratic primary if she saw a scenario in which she could win.

However, she encouraged Democrats to choose a nominee who could win the Electoral College in 2020.

"I think several of our candidates could win the popular vote, but as I know ... that's not enough," she said. 

Clinton won the popular vote during the 2016 contest against President Trump with nearly 3 million more ballots nationwide. However, Trump secured the White House by winning 304 votes in the Electoral College compared to her 227.