President Donald Trump has stated that he would like to compete against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton again in the 2020 presidential election. Clinton has stated that she is not interested in making another run for the Oval Office.
On Oct. 16, Trump took to social media to announce that he wanted Clinton to mount another presidential campaign during his own expected re-election bid.
"I was recently asked if Crooked Hillary Clinton is going to run in 2020?" Trump tweeted out. "My answer was, 'I hope so!'"
It is not clear why Trump who had asked Trump if he wanted another Clinton campaign in 2020. Previous polling indicates that both politicians are unpopular with the majority of the public.
On July 18, a Bloomberg National Poll found that 41 percent of national adults held a favorable view of Trump while 39 percent held a favorable view of Clinton.
RealClearPolitics, after aggregating the last 12 national surveys released between Sept. 25 and Oct. 15, found that Trump had an average approval rating of 39 percent and an average disapproval of 55 percent.
Clinton, the first female nominee of a major U.S. party, was the perceived front-runner during the 2016 presidential race but lost to Trump in the electoral college despite winning more raw votes. The former Secretary of State remained out of the public eye until she began a tour to promote her memoir offering her take on the election, titled "What Happened."
On Sept. 10, Clinton disclosed that she had been devastated by the 2016 election result.
"I felt like I had let everybody down ... I just felt this enormous letdown, just kind of loss of feeling and direction and sadness," Clinton told CBS News.
While Trump has expressed an interest in repeating the dynamic of the 2016 presidential race, Clinton asserted that she would remain active in politics without running another campaign.
"I am done with being a candidate," the former Democratic nominee said. "But I am not done with politics because I literally believe that our country's future is at stake."
On July 18, a survey conducted by Public Policy Polling found that several potential Democratic nominees for 2020 would hypothetically defeat Trump, with none of them being Clinton.
The poll found that former Vice President Joe Biden w Trump among registered voters by 15 percentage points. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont had an edge of 13 percentage points, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts led by 7 percentage points, Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey led by 5 percentage points, and Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California would best Trump by 1 percentage point.
Sources: Bloomberg, CBS News, Donald J. Trump/Twitter, Public Policy Polling, RealClearPolitics / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Flickr