Hillary Clinton 'wants back in' as Bloomberg campaign tries to quiet speculation she could be his VP pick
Michael Bloomberg's campaign is attempting to quiet recent "speculation" that Hillary Clinton could be his choice for a running mate. "We are focused on the primary and the debate, not VP speculation," the campaign said. A source close to Clinton told Fox News that she "wants back in," even though she's previously said her serving as VP was not likely.
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The campaign of billionaire Michael Bloomberg attempted to halt rumors that he was considering failed presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for his running mate in the 2020 election. "We are focused on the primary and the debate, not VP speculation," Bloomberg communication director Jason Schechter said in a statement. Citing "sources close to Bloomberg's campaign," Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report, a right-wing news aggregator, tweeted that the former New York City mayor "is considering Hillary as running mate, after their polling found the Bloomberg-Clinton combination would be a formidable force." Drudge also reported that Bloomberg was considering moving his permanent residence to one of his homes in Colorado or Florida "since the electoral college makes it hard for a POTUS and VPOTUS from the same state." Clinton did not respond to a Business Insider request for comment. According to Fox News, an unidentified source close to Clinton said that she "wants back in" following her loss to Trump during the 2016 election. While Clinton has not yet commented on the report, it's not impossible that the former first lady would be eyeing a way back into politics following her defeat almost four years ago. But she has not been quiet about the 2020 election and has faced particular criticism over her comments about Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, her 2016 primary rival. Earlier in February on an appearance on the "Ellen" DeGeneres show, Clinton had suggested, though, that she wasn't likely to accept an offer to be vice president. Clinton told DeGeneres that she had turned down two previous offers to be former President Barack Obama's vice president, but added that "many, many, many people" were putting her "under enormous pressure" to get involved in the 2020 race.
"I never say never because I believe in serving my country, but it's never going to happen," the former first lady told DeGeneres. Despite her 2016 loss, Clinton has remained active in politics, publishing "What Happened," a memoir about her failed presidential bid and throughout the past four years has openly criticized her formal rival and his administration. In December 2019, Clinton spoke out against Sanders' treatment of her candidacy in 2016 on an appearance on Howard Stern's radio show, arguing that the Vermont senator, who endorsed her in the general election, did not do enough to bring Democrats together following her winning of the party's primary. "And I hope he doesn't do it again to whoever gets the nomination," Clinton told Stern. "Once is enough." Read more: Michael Bloomberg's employees created a book purportedly full of his offensive quotes. Here it is. Former employee says he heard Bloomberg ask a female co-worker if she was going to 'kill it' after announcing her pregnancy Memes parodying Mike Bloomberg's paid Instagram meme campaign are flooding the internet Popular meme accounts on Instagram are suddenly posting for Mike Bloomberg's 2020 campaignJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hope
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Prominent Bernie Sanders supporters are calling on Joe Biden to drop out of the 2020 race over Tara Reade's sexual assault allegation
Weeks after former Vice President Joe Biden was accused of sexually assaulting a former aide in...Weeks after former Vice President Joe Biden was accused of sexually assaulting a former aide in 1993, Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed Biden for president. Many of Sanders' supporters were disappointed with his decision to drop out of the race and suggested they might not vote for Biden in the general election. As new evidence emerges corroborating Reade's allegations, some prominent Sanders supporters are calling on Biden to drop out of the race. "There is simply no moral justification for Biden to continue as the presumptive nominee," Claire Sandberg, Sanders' 2020 national organizing director, tweeted on Tuesday. "Out of respect for survivors and for the good of the country, he should withdraw from the race." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Just days after Sen. Bernie Sanders ended his 2020 Democratic presidential bid, he appeared on an April 13 livestream with former Vice President Joe Biden and issued a strong endorsement of the presumptive nominee. This took place just weeks after Tara Reade, a former aide in Biden's Senate office in the early 1990s, came forward with new allegations that Biden sexually assaulted her in a Capitol Hill corridor in 1993. Reade was one of seven women who came forward last year to allege that Biden had touched or kissed them inappropriately. Biden's campaign has repeatedly denied Reade's assault claims. But as new evidence has emerged corroborating Reade's allegations, several prominent Sanders' supporters and former aides have broken with Sanders and called on Biden to drop out of the 2020 race. Claire Sandberg, Sanders' 2020 national organizing director, on Tuesday called on Biden to drop out of the race over the Reade allegations. "Now is the time to deal with the ramifications of Tara Reade's accusations, not this fall. There is simply no moral justification for Biden to continue as the presumptive nominee," she tweeted. "Out of respect for survivors and for the good of the country, he should withdraw from the race." Peter Daou, a Hillary Clinton aide-turned vocal Sanders supporter,called on Biden over the weekend to end his presidential bid because Reade's allegations and said Sanders and other candidates should reenter the race. "We lose ALL moral authority if we embrace 'the lesser of two accused rapists,'" he wrote. DIFFICULT THREAD -- #BIDEN SHOULD WITHDRAW1. I respect the will of the voters.2. But new information has emerged supporting #TaraReade's account of being sexually assaulted by #JoeBiden.3. Credible rape accusations are disqualifying or we have NO moral standards. — Peter Daou (@peterdaou) April 25, 2020 Nick Brana, Sanders' 2016 national outreach director and the founder of Movement for a People's Party, urged the Democratic National Committee over the weekend to force Biden out of the race and "win with Bernie," adding the hashtag #DropOutBiden. "Dear @DNC, you have two options: 1. Pull Biden now and win with Bernie 2. Keep Biden, re-elect Trump, and admit that suppressing progressives is the true purpose of your party," he wrote, retweeting a Saturday Politico story examining a recording of Reade's mother alleging her daughter had "problems" with a "prominent senator." The @PeopleforBernie Twitter account run by Sanders supporters tweeted on Tuesday, "Joe Biden's candidacy is imploding." Briahna Joy Gray, Sanders' 2020 campaign spokeswoman, on Tuesday argued that it's "not a moral argument" to support Biden simply because he's a better option than Trump. "But Trump is worse" is not a moral argument. — Briahna Joy Gray (@briebriejoy) April 28, 2020 Sanders publicly distanced himself from Gray after she declared earlier this month that she wouldn't endorse Biden for president, citing his opposition to Medicare for All, cancelling all student debt, and a wealth tax. "She is my former press secretary — not on the payroll," Sanders told the Associated Press on April 14. Sanders added that it's "irresponsible" to reject Biden in the general election. Other voices on the left call out Biden but insist on voting for him Other high-profile Sanders supporters and former aides have been more compromising in their approach to Biden's candidacy. Former senior Sanders advisers, including Sanders' 2016 campaign manager Jeff Weaver, recently announced they're forming a super PAC with the aim of unifying progressives behind Biden. Sanders, who has long opposed the existence of super PACs, hasn't endorsed the effort. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, perhaps Sanders' most influential 2020 supporter and surrogate, says she wants to see Biden move to the left on key policy issues before she endorses or campaigns for him, but she insisted she would vote for him regardless in November. Ocasio-Cortez was one of the first lawmakers to offer support for Reade and urge other Democrats to take her claims seriously. "I think it's legitimate to talk about these things," she said in mid-April of Reade's allegations. "You can't say, you know — both believe women, support all of this, until it inconveniences you, until it inconveniences us." Some prominent feminist voices on the left have also accused Democratic politicians and other more moderate feminists of prematurely dismissing Reade's claims and sowing doubt about her credibility. They've expressed anger at being forced to support Biden as the lesser of two evils. And they've lamented that the #MeToo movement will be damaged by electing the Democratic nominee to the White House and that Biden's feminist critics will be demonized for hurting his candidacy. "I am livid that Democratic women will be called on, once again, to cast our vote in the name of reducing harm to the country rather than moving it forward," Jessica Valenti, a feminist author and columnist, wrote in an April 14 Medium post. "The truth is that this election is going to be terrible for women, no matter what we do." Rebecca Traister, another well-known feminist writer, argued that the women Biden plans to pick as his vice presidential running mate, appoint to the Supreme Court, and fill his Cabinet will be tarred by the allegations against him and should be given the freedom to criticize his record. "If part of the work of this election is pushing for a politics that is more just, we should be insisting on freedom for women — including those who will be asked to support Joe Biden, within his party and as his running mate — to fully express themselves about the gendered and political realities in front of us," Traister wrote in New York Magazine this week. SEE ALSO: Prominent Democratic women, including Stacey Abrams and Kirsten Gillibrand, are standing by Joe Biden amid sexual assault accusation Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship
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