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Clinton Campaign Manager Won't Rule Out 2020 Run

| by Alex Scarr

Former Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign manager did not explicitly rule out the possibility that Clinton may run again in 2020.

Robby Mook, Clinton's campaign manager in the 2016 presidential election, was speaking with MSNBC's Greta van Susteren, who told him that Scranton, Pennsylvania, was "buzzing" about Clinton's recent appearance on St. Patrick's Day, according to the Washington Examiner.

Van Susteren asked Mook about a potential third presidential campaign for Clinton, and Mook answered with comments surrounding the turmoil in the previous campaign.

"I think what happens right now, we've got to get to the bottom of what happened in 2016 then we can start worrying about the next cycle," Mook told van Susteren, referring to the FBI investigation into potential Russian intervention in the 2016 election. "But we've got to make sure that this cannot happen again in two years or four years to anybody else."

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Clinton created a stir on St. Patrick's Day, delivering a speech in Scranton where she said she was ready to "come out of the woods," according to The New York Times. Clinton has kept a low public profile since her defeat against President Donald Trump.

Clinton has familial ties to Scranton, and her appearance there did not seem to indicate any kind of campaign was imminent. Her speech, which lasted roughly 20 minutes and was delivered in the ballroom of a Hilton hotel, centered mostly around her connections to the local area and stories of her father and grandfather's blue-collar roots. But toward the end, she briefly spoke about current events.

"I’m like a lot of my friends right now. I have a hard time watching the news, I’ll confess," she said.

"I am ready to come out of the woods and to help shine a light on what is already happening around kitchen tables, at dinners like this."

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Clinton spoke in front of about 700 people at an event hosted by the Society of Irish Women. The Society of Irish Women also hosted former President Barack Obama during his first presidential campaign in 2008, and a spokeswoman remarked that Clinton's crowd was much larger. The group had reportedly wanted Clinton to participate in a speaking engagement for years.

"Women were sitting here and watching their husbands go in their tuxedos to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day," she said. "They decided to start their own group. But men are allowed at our dinner."

The county where Scranton is located voted narrowly in favor of Clinton in 2016, as she outpaced Trump 49.8 to 46.3 percent.

Sources: Washington Examiner, The New York Times / Photo credit: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

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