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Hillary Clinton for 2020 ‘not a good question,’ says Rahm Emanuel

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) on Sunday said he doesn’t think asking whether Hillary Clinton should run for the White House in 2020 is a “good question.”

During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Emanuel hedged when pressed to answer whether he thinks Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, running for office again would be good for the party.

“She has to decide whether that’s in her heart,” he eventually said.


“Well look, you’re asking something that we’re not even through the midterm election. She hasn’t even declared,” Emanuel said when first asked.

“I know, but I asked the question. Do you think she should,” CNN’s Dana Bash responded.

“Well it’s not — I love you. It’s not a good question, OK,” he said.

“Why not?” Bash asked.

“It’s not a good question,” he reiterated.

When pressed further, Emanuel said he happens to “love” Clinton, adding that he thinks she’s “full of energy.”

“We have a lot of time between now and the presidential election of 2020,” he said.

Emanuel said Clinton has a “lot to offer,” but the main question is whether Clinton wants to launch a bid in 2020.
“The core question is not whether I think she would be a good candidate. It’s whether she wants to run,” he said.
“But at the end of the day, the public is pretty smart. And if it’s only going through the motions, they’ll pick that up.”
Clinton, still actively commenting on the politics of the day and working on a new book to be released later this year, recently told New York Magazine, “I’m not running for anything.”
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