Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE has reportedly met with several Democrats considering presidential bids in 2020 amid private solicitations for her support from aspiring nominees.
CNN and Axios reported Friday that Clinton has had private conversations with prominent Democrats such as Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.), as well as others including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D).
“People are direct in saying they want her support,” one source close to Clinton told CNN. “Others are reaching out.”
“Hillary wants Trump gone,” another confidant of the former secretary of State and 2016 Democratic nominee told Axios. “She doesn’t know who’s best able to beat him, but she knows about grueling nomination fights.”
“The savvy ones know she’s the most valuable endorser in the party not named Obama,” that source added.
Nick Merrill, the former secretary’s spokesman, told CNN that Clinton wasn’t discussing her 2020 plans publicly but added that she was happy to talk to any candidate considering a run for president.
“I won’t comment on private discussions she’s had except to say that she’s more than happy to talk to anyone considering a run about the challenges (as well as the great things) that go with it, and lessons learned on what to watch for in this next cycle (aside from Vladimir),” Merrill said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Clinton has not yet ruled out the possibility of a 2020 bid for president, saying last year that she would “like to be president,” and has refused to discuss her 2020 plans in interviews.
The 2020 Democratic field is expected to attract many candidates, with Warren most recently announcing an exploratory committee for a presidential bid earlier this week in a video message to supporters.