They better take heed to what she’s saying…
Hillary Clinton on Monday encouraged voters to nominate a Democratic primary nominee who would be able to win the vote over President Donald Trump in the Electoral College in 2020.
“We have to hope that whoever ends up nominated can win the Electoral College,” Clinton told a crowd in Denver, Colorado. “I think several of our candidates could win the popular vote but as I know … that’s not enough.”
The former Secretary of State won the popular vote in 2016 by obtaining more than 2.8 million more votes than Trump, but she ultimately failed to secure presidency after falling too short of the required absolute majority of 270 electoral votes required to win.
“I don’t think we have a choice — we have to win” Clinton urged the crowd of nearly 2,000 people. She further noted that while Democrats need to “work hard for your preference in the primary,” they should also make sure to “close ranks behind whoever is nominated.”
Clinton is reportedly considering running in the crowded primary Democratic field and vying for a third time for the presidency. In October, after Trump encouraged her to enter the race, Clinton teased a potential presidential bid.
“You know, it truly is remarkable how obsessed he remains with me. But this latest tweet is so typical of him. Nothing has been more examined and looked at than my emails. We all know that. So, he’s either lying or delusional, or both. There was no subpoena, as he says in a tweet this morning,” she said at the time. “So, maybe there does need to be a rematch. I mean, obviously, I can beat him again. But, just seriously, I don’t understand, I don’t think anybody understands what motivates him, other than personal grievance, other than seeking adulation.”
Clinton’s comments came from fear that many of the Democratic hopefuls popular with the primary voters might be too liberal to succeed in a general election. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who dominated the primary’s more liberal lane, is reportedly the frontrunner, but his effort has struggled to excite the Democratic base.
Biden has continuously led his Democratic primary challengers in national polling, but in many early states he has been lagging behind. Nonetheless, in a head-to-head game with Trump in the battleground states, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has been consistently ranking in second place and gaining momentum, is one of the strongest contenders.
If Clinton wanted to join the campaign, she might be getting in as a front runner — a potential match-up in the Democratic primary between herself and Biden revealed that the two were virtually tied for the nomination. A mid-October Harvard Harris survey found that 18 percent of Democrats would switch their vote to Clinton, trailing Biden within the margin of error by only one point.
“Do not let anyone you know vote third party,” Clinton added Monday.