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There continues to be widespread speculation that former first lady and two-time Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton will make a third run for the White House in 2024.
And while she herself has dismissed such talk, she also continues to fuel the speculation, and she did so once again on Thursday after the White House announced that President Joe Biden had contracted COVID-19.
Clinton posted a cryptic tweet showing her standing on an airport tarmac in front of a plane with “Clinton Gore” on it with this photo caption: “On the move, 1992” — a reference to the year her husband, Bill Clinton
The tweet showed a picture of Clinton standing on a tarmac in front of a plane with the words “Clinton Gore” on it.
“On the move, 1992,” Clinton captioned the photo.
On the move, 1992.
📸 Robert McNeely pic.twitter.com/pdXpthDRGN
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 21, 2022
The Western Journal adds:
In 1992, Bill Clinton was running for president with Al Gore as his running mate. The photo, then, likely shows Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail with her husband.
Since Clinton published the tweet on the same day Biden was diagnosed with COVID-19, many people wondered whether it was a subtle hint about her plans to run in 2024.
Online users took the tweet to be a hint of things that may be yet to come for Clinton.
“This is what Hillary Clinton tweeted right after the announcement that Biden has Covid,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ spokesperson Christina Pushaw wrote. “Very subtle.”
This is what Hillary Clinton tweeted right after the announcement that Biden has Covid. Very subtle. https://t.co/3avgWKpz4Y
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) July 21, 2022
Other users also made similar connections.
Joe Biden gets Covid.
Hillary tweets this shortly after. https://t.co/bGUzCuvaq5
— Damon imani🔅 (@damonimani) July 21, 2022
— 🇺🇸🇵🇷Dania Alexandrino🇺🇸🇵🇷 (@DaniaPeriodista) July 21, 2022
Hillary's stone cold posting this right after Biden's covid diagnosis https://t.co/OnknWKPFha
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) July 21, 2022
Last month, Clinton gave an interview to the Financial Times where she talked about her own political career, former President Donald Trump, Biden’s presidency, and the 2024 election as she ruled out ever campaigning for the office herself again.
“No, out of the question,” she said. “First of all, I expect Biden to run. He certainly intends to run. It would be very disruptive to challenge that.”
She said the most important issue is the 2024 presidential election, more than anything social or economic, and judging by the current state of the economy it would be wise for every top Democrat to steer the conversation away from finances.
“We are standing on the precipice of losing our democracy, and everything that everybody else cares about then goes out the window,” she said. “Look, the most important thing is to win the next election. The alternative is so frightening that whatever does not help you win should not be a priority.”
Nevertheless, that denial has not stopped other political pundits from continuing to opine that she is considering another run, especially as Biden’s approval rating tanks into the 30s.
In June, an op-ed article by Juan Williams for The Hill said he wanted to see Clinton run.
“Clinton is exactly the right person to put steel in the Democrats’ spine and bring attention to the reality that ‘ultra-MAGA’ Republicans, as President Biden calls them, are tearing apart the nation,” Williams wrote.
And on Thursday, the same day Biden’s diagnosis was revealed, former Bill Clinton adviser Dick Morris predicted that the former first lady and secretary of state would reverse course and find some excuse to run again — but ultimately lose again to Trump, who has also decided to make another run, according to previous reports, though he has not yet made that decision official.
“Ultimately, the left is going to have their candidates, and they’ll probably run [Sen. Bernie] Sanders [I-Vt.] or maybe [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.], and that will trigger Hillary into the race in order to save the Democratic Party from the left rerunning the Hillary-Sanders race of ’16,” Morris told Newsmax.
“And I think Hillary will win that contest. I think she and Trump will face it off, and I think Trump is going to win handily,” he added.
All of this assumes that Vice President Kamala Harris either won’t run for president herself, which seems unlikely, or that she would be challenged in a Democratic primary in 2024 and lose.