During a June interview with the Financial Times, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisted that she has no intention of making another presidential run.
In it, Cillizza argued that last week’s decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade could serve as a catalyst for Clinton to reenter electoral politics.
“Clinton’s comments about not running again came before Roe was decided,” the left-leaning cable news figure pointed out.
“As someone who has fought for women’s rights throughout her career as first lady, US senator and secretary of state, might the Supreme Court’s ruling have changed her calculus somewhat as she looks to her own future?” Cillizza asked, adding, “Changed circumstances can lead to changed minds.”
Cillizza was quick to acknowledge that it is “utterly implausible that Clinton would run against Biden in a primary in 2024.”
However, he stressed “that an open nomination — if Biden takes a pass on running — would be something that would be hard for Clinton to not at least look at.”
“That’s not to say she would run. It’s only to say that her name would get bandied about if the seat was open. That’s a lock,” Cillizza declared.
Clinton’s midterm role
What’s more, Cillizza cited an article in The Hill by liberal columnist Juan Williams that called on Clinton to take an active role in this year’s midterm races.
“Clinton is exactly the right person to put steel in the Democrats’ spine and bring attention to the reality that ‘ultra-MAGA’ Republicans, as President Biden calls them, are tearing apart the nation,” he wrote. “”Keep talking and talk louder, Hillary!”
Interestingly, while Clinton told the Financial Times that she has no desire to run in 2024, she continued to cast doubt on the legitimacy of her 2016 election loss to former President Donald Trump.