You won’t find Hillary Clinton back on the campaign trail anytime soon. The former Democratic presidential candidate, 69, opened up in a new interview about why she won’t be running for president in 2020. According to the former first lady, she is no longer interested in taking over the Oval Office after losing to Republican rival President Donald Trump.
“As an active politician, it’s over,” Hillary told Jane Pauley on the Sunday, Sept. 10, episode of CBS Sunday Morning. “I am done with being a candidate. But I am not done with politics because I literally believe that our country’s future is at stake.”
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During her chat with the TV show, the women’s rights activist revealed that she was once sure that she would beat Donald, 71. In fact, Hillary felt so confident in a victory over the ex-Celebrity Apprentice host that she and husband Bill Clinton purchased the house next door to their Chappaqua, New York, home as a secondary location for White House staff and security.
When HRC found out that she had indeed lost the election to Trump, she said that she felt an incredible sense of sadness. “I just felt this enormous letdown, just kind of loss of feeling and direction and sadness,” she explained. “It was a very hard transition. I really struggled. I couldn’t feel, I couldn’t think, I was just gob-smacked, wiped out.”
Though she didn’t provide any details about the future of her career, Hillary recently launched “Onward Together,” a Political Action Committee created to support candidates and organizations with progressive agendas. She is also releasing her memoir, What Happened, on Tuesday, Sept. 12. In her tome, the best-selling author describes her experience running against Donald, and shares her opinions about his controversial behavior — including the misogynistic comments he made about groping women, as heard in a leaked Access Hollywood tape.