Hillary Clinton has ruled out running for President in 2020, saying that she is done with being a candidate.
The former Democratic Party front-runner has made a high profile comeback in the past few weeks, speaking to the media as she promotes her new book entitled “What Happened”, a memoir reflecting on how she lost to Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election.
“As an active politician it’s over. I am done with being a candidate,” Clinton told CBS News in an interview before Tuesday’s release of “What Happened,” her memoir about the 2016 campaign and President Donald Trump’s unexpected win. “But I am not done with politics because I literally believe that our country’s future is at stake.”
“I think I am good, but that doesn’t mean that I am complacent or resolved about what happened. It still is very painful,” she said in the interview with CBS’s Jane Pauley.
In the book, she also writes how Bernie Sanders polarised the Democratic Party and how his divisiveness led to many of Sanders’ supporters eventually voting for Donald Trump after their candidate had lost out to Hillary Clinton during the Democratic Party primaries.
Speaking on her loss, Hillary said she was totally “gobsmacked” and had not expected to lose in a race where all polls indicated she was to win by a landslide.
She said she was still coping with the loss and would use her energy through activism.
“If Al Gore, John Kerry, John McCain, and Mitt Romney can find positive ways to contribute after their own election defeats, so can I,” Clinton wrote in the book, a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg News. “I will speak out on the causes I care about, campaign for other Democrats, and do whatever I can to build the infrastructure we need to succeed.”
Clinton, 69, blames then-FBI Director James Comey’s decision to speak publicly about his agency’s probe just days before the election. She also discusses at length alleged Russian interference in the election, Trump’s ties to Russia, and developments through the first half of 2017.
Another mistake that Clinton laid out in the book was her decision to deliver paid speeches to Wall Street firms after leaving the State Department. While her speeches to investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and other companies were meant to be “interesting” to her audiences, they weren’t newsworthy, she wrote. Still, they gave her opponents — first, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary race, and then Trump — ammunition to use against her.
“My opponents spun wild tales about what terrible things I must have said behind closed doors and how as president I would be forever in the pocket of the shadowy bankers who had paid my speaking fees. I should have seen that coming,” Clinton wrote. “When you know why you’re doing something and you know there’s nothing more to it and certainly nothing sinister, it’s easy to assume that others will see it the same way.”
Ultimately, it was “a mistake,” she said.