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Former Clinton Strategist Says Theres Political Logic for Hillary to Run After Bloomberg Joins Race

Former Clinton strategist Mark Penn said that theres logic for ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to enter the 2020 race after billionaire Michael Bloomberg signaled his intention to join the race by filing in Alabama.

“Theres still a couple of days here,” Penn said during a Nov. 10 appearance on Foxs “Sunday Morning Futures.”

“I dont know whether [Clinton will] look at the Michael Bloomberg thing and say: The fields too crowded now. I missed my opportunity, or the opposite. Wow the fields weak, I could come in. I could get 165,000 donors, Im tied with [Joe] Biden in some of these early states… Theres still a political logic there for her,” Penn said.

Penn said “political logic” guided Bloombergs entrance into the race.

“Unless this field changed, Biden is a frontrunner, but a weak frontrunner, and a lot of the other candidates are too far to the left,” Penn said. “I think Michael Bloomberg saw that opportunity and made a pretty intelligent decision. For him, its now or never in terms of running for president, so why not get in and shake up the Democratic Party.”

Some top Democratic activists and donors have been searching for fresh contenders to enter the primary field, citing doubt about the current contenders. Bloomberg and Clinton were at the top of the list. Clinton last week wouldnt rule out a 2020 bid, claiming she “wouldve been a really good president” if she had won in 2016.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Biden speaks as Senators Warren and Sanders listen during the fourth U.S. Democratic presidential candidates 2020 election debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio U.S.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Biden speaks as Senators Warren and Sanders listen during the fourth U.S. Democratic presidential candidates 2020 election debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio U.S.
Former Vice President Joe Biden challenges Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) looks on during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, on Oct. 15, 2019. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at an event on his last day in office, New York City, Dec. 31, 2013. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Bloombergs thinking in potentially joining the race—prompting the filing in Alabama before the Nov. 8 deadline there—was that Biden is too weak and other candidates are too radical, according to sources and an adviser.

“He thinks Biden is weak and Sanders and Warren cant win,” a source familiar with Bloombergs decisRead More – Source

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