Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a chance to become the leader of the presidential race among Democratic candidates if she runs for the 2020 election. This is evidenced by the results of a sociological survey Harvard Harris, conducted at the end of October 2019.
Respondents were asked how their preferences would change if three new candidates entered the presidential race from the Democrats: Hillary Clinton, billionaire and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former US Secretary of State John Kerry.
According to the survey, leadership will still be retained by former vice president Joe Biden, for which in this case 19% of Democratic voters will vote. However, his margin from the rest of the race will be significantly reduced: 18% are ready to vote for Hillary Clinton, 8% for John Kerry, and 6% for Bloomberg.
If new candidates had not entered the race, 33% of the survey participants supporting the Democratic Party would have voted for Joe Biden. So if Hillary Clinton and other players want to run for president, Biden could lose nearly half of his supporters.
Such results are explained by the fact that Biden lost the sympathy of the electorate after the corruption scandal related to his activities in Ukraine was in the focus of media attention, said Konstantin Blokhin, an expert at the Center for Security Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
“The fact that they again remembered the candidacy of Hillary Clinton is an indicator of a deep crisis in the Democratic Party. Democrats are not ready to present to the public a charismatic leader with a new vision who would be able to challenge Trump ... But despite the establishment favors Hillary Clinton, her political views are a repetition of the past, the path that America has already traveled, ”explained expert in conversation with RT.
Clinton herself has already hinted that she could again take part in the presidential election. In early October, she threatened Donald Trump that he would accept his challenge, which he posted on his Twitter.
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“I believe that the venal Hillary Clinton should join the presidential race to deprive the chance of success of the ultra-left Elizabeth Warren. But only under one condition. The saleswoman must explain all her serious crimes and offenses, including the reasons and circumstances of the removal of 33 thousand emails after receiving the summons to the Congress, ”Trump wrote on October 8.
So, he recalled the 2016 election scandal, during which it turned out that Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, was sending secret information from her own unprotected servers.
In response to this post, the former secretary of state wrote: "Do not tempt me." Clinton later said in an interview with PBS that she would have defeated Trump if she had decided to run for president again.
“Perhaps the truth needs revenge. Obviously, I can get around him again, ”Clinton added.
However, a number of mainstream American media did not share such positive forecasts by Hillary Clinton. Given her high negative rating, as well as her reluctance to campaign in key states in 2016, some media outlets expressed the hope that the statements of the former first lady are not serious.
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“Hillary Clinton is just joking about participating in the 2020 elections, right?” - CNN, which Clinton supported in 2016, released material with such a headline on his website.
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“Clinton in 2020?” Say it’s not true, Hillary! ”Intelligencer urges.
Some U.S. political strategists believe that rumors and speculation about Hillary Clinton’s possible revenge are due to the weakness of the remaining candidates, of whom Democratic voters are asked to choose an opponent for Donald Trump in 2020.
“They have no one to win the presidential election,” The Washington Post quoted John Cole, one of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s campaign sponsors, as saying.
As the director of the U.S. Franklin Roosevelt U.S. Study Foundation at Moscow State University explained, Yuri Rogulev, the first three candidates who followed Biden - Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders - do not have 20% support among voters, while the rest do not gain 10%.
“Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are unlikely to be supported by a majority in the Democratic Party. There remains only Biden, whose position has recently been greatly shaken. Therefore, Hillary Clinton demonstratively shows concern about the election, she appears on the screens, heats up rumors that she can take part in the elections, ”said the expert.
At the same time, Yuri Rogulev expressed doubt that she could become a dark horse, which at the last moment will change the course of democratic primaries. The skepticism of the media towards her is well deserved, the expert added.
“The fact that she lost the 2016 election, she blames anyone, especially Russia, but not herself. The Americans began to realize that she lost deservedly. I think she will not be able to become the candidate to which all Democrats agree. Besides her, the choice is very limited, ”said the political analyst.
Trump has already defeated her once, so it will be a gift for him if she nominates herself again, Yuri Rogulev believes.
“In addition, she will make Joe Biden worse by taking away his voices. They are candidates of the same type, members of the same administration, respectively, rely on the same electorate. I think that if she comes forward, it will only aggravate the situation of the Democratic Party, ”the expert concluded.