Clinton announces she'll run for re-election in 2020
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Surprising no one, on Tuesday, President Hillary Rodham Clinton announced she'll seek re-election in 2020. "In my first year as president, we've accomplished a lot, including raising the minimum wage, regulating Wall Street and getting guns off of our streets. But there's more work to do, and if the American people decide I deserve a second term, I promise, I'll get it done - all of it," she said.
FiveThirtyEight's editor Nate Silver called Clinton's announcement "a foregone conclusion," citing polls showing 78 percent of Americans approve of the job she's been doing in the White House since January, when Clinton was sworn in as America's first woman president.
"She's a formidable candidate," Silver said, reminding John Dickerson that in November, Clinton delivered a humiliating defeat to failed candidate Donald Trump despite Russian interference and an unconstitutional intervention by former FBI Director James Comey, trouncing the former reality TV star by more than 3 million votes.
With the in-built advantage of incumbency, Silver said, it's very difficult to see how anyone could challenge Clinton in a primary let alone defeat her in a general election.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has repeatedly said that he won't run again, telling reporters that the progressive wing of the Democratic Party already "has an excellent, inspiring, and courageous leader: President Hillary Rodham Clinton." While disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is said to be mulling a run, Silver called rumors of his candidacy laughable, saying Americans would never elect a man accused of serial sexual assault.