During an appearance Monday on America’s Newsroom, Fox News contributor John Sununu suggested that comments Hillary Clinton recently made about the 2020 presidential race may mean that she is trying to get herself on the ticket as Joe Biden’s running mate.
“I think as almost everything the Clintons do, there is a bigger purpose behind what’s going on,” Sununu said. “I think she is actually angling to be the vice presidential nominee hoping the party will understand that if Biden is the nominee, they have to have a backup there that the public has confidence in.”
Sununu’s comments came in response to a CNN interview in which Clinton attacked Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and praised the former vice president.
Clinton has previously indicated that she would support Sanders if he becomes the party’s nominee but added, “As I’ve said many times, I do not think he’s the strongest nominee against Donald Trump.”
Clinton praises Biden
While Clinton stopped short of offering an outright endorsement of Biden, she opined that he seemed to be building the same kind of coalition she did in 2016, saying:
I finished, you know, most of the work I needed to do for the nomination on Super Tuesday, and then it kind of lingered on. And I think Joe is on track to doing exactly the same thing: putting together a coalition of voters who are energized.
“This all had a purpose,” Sununu said of Clinton’s comments. “The purpose was to reinforce Biden getting the nomination. If that fails, [the purpose was] to reinforce the fact she would be the better alternative, not Bernie. And then, to reinforce the fact that if Biden does get the nomination, she would add to the ticket more than anyone else.”
Sununu believes that Clinton is watching the race carefully to see if Biden’s gaffes and growing voter concerns about his cognitive faculties create an opening for her to step into the fray.
“There is still a long time for public debate between Biden and Sanders,” Sununu said. “And if Biden begins to fall apart even more than he has fallen apart with his gaffes to date, the party is desperately going to be looking for a third alternative and that’s what she is counting on — either being the alternative at the top of the ticket or being the alternative as number two.”
In addition to touting Biden’s candidacy, Clinton bemoaned the absence of female candidates in the presidential race and promoted Hillary, a four-part docuseries about the former secretary of State currently streaming on the Hulu subscription video service.
According to Yahoo News, Clinton suggested that the reasons for the lack of women in the race “come from unconscious bias, come from the social norms that people are still to struggle with, that we’re going to have to be more open about…if we want to see more opportunity, real opportunity, in every aspect of life and society for your daughters and my granddaughter.”
Still, Clinton said she would “love to have a woman on the ticket,” and in Sununu’s opinion, Clinton is attempting to lay the groundwork to make sure that woman is her.
Given the decisive loss she suffered in the 2016 election and the sense even among Democrat lawmakers that it is past time for her to exit the political stage, maybe a Clinton appearance on the ticket wouldn’t be such a bad thing after all.