Chris Graham: ‘Clinton has burning desire for the presidency – but ‘baggage’ will weigh her down if she tries third bid’

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Chris Graham: ‘Clinton has burning desire for the presidency – but ‘baggage’ will weigh her down if she tries third bid’


Will she, won’t she?: Hillary Clinton speaks at the 2018 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards earlier this week in New York. Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Glamour
Will she, won’t she?: Hillary Clinton speaks at the 2018 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards earlier this week in New York. Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Glamour

Could it be third time a charm for Hillary Clinton? The “will she, won’t she” debate was revived this week when a former adviser said the two-time presidential candidate will run again for the White House in 2020. While there is always a chance she could conjure up a victory, it is more likely a hat-trick of defeats would show the former first lady’s ambitions are cursed.

Ms Clinton, herself, has been coy on the subject. She denied in October she would launch another bid – before admitting a moment later: “Well, I’d like to be president.” It’s that burning desire that means another presidential campaign from the 71-year-old can never be ruled out. That, and presumably the ardent wish to exact revenge on Donald Trump and the “deplorables” who continue to chant “lock her up” at rallies.

“The pain of losing to Trump makes it [another run] possible,” says Brendon O’Connor, associate professor in American politics at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

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