Book: Clinton Says 2016 Election 'Was My Last Race'


A new book about the inner-workings of Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign quotes the former Secretary of State as saying she doesn't plan to run for political office again.

In "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign," authors Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen describe a scene in which Clinton and campaign strategist Jake Sullivan discuss what she will say in her concession speech shortly after unexpectedly losing the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump.

"Look, I really just want to concede gracefully, wish him the best, thank everybody, and get off the stage," Clinton told Sullivan. "This is not a moment for me to do more than that."

Sullivan then tried to coax Clinton into giving a more fiery speech than a mere concession.

"Everything you said, we’re going to do in the speech," Sullivan responded. "But you have been saying for many months that he’s temperamentally unfit and that he would be dangerous, and if you meant it, you should say it."

He added: "And you made a case that all these people’s rights and safety are in danger -- if you meant that, you should say it."

But Clinton was not convinced, telling Sullivan that it was no longer her "job anymore to do this."

"Other people will criticize him. That’s their job. I have done it. I just lost, and that is that," she said. "That was my last race."

Although the 2016 presidential election ended a little over five months ago, there has been ample speculation around the question of whether or not Clinton would throw her hat in the ring for a third time.

Numerous pundits and political observers have debated the many reasons why she should or shouldn't run again. And Clinton herself hasn't given a definitive answer as to whether or not she'll make another attempt to move back into the White House.

"I am looking at doing interesting things," she told New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof during a Women in the World event, according to the New York Daily News. "I don't think that will include ever running for office again."

One barrier Clinton would face in 2020 is a stronger field of Democratic primary opponents. Unlike in 2016, when virtually no Democratic candidate other than independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who registered as a Democrat to run in the primary, ran a serious campaign against her, 2020 is expected to have big names making serious runs, including Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, according to CNBC.

Sources: The Hill, New York Daily News, CNBC / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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