Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton downplayed the possibility that she would be asked to serve as a running mate for a Democratic presidential nominee.
“Well, that’s not going to happen, but no,” Clinton told Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday. The former first lady added that she was flabbergasted when former President Barack Obama asked her to become secretary of state during his first term in office, coming after a contentious 2008 Democratic primary race between the two.
“I was shocked. I had no idea he was going to ask me, and I turned him down twice. He said, ‘Look the economy is in free fall, it’s a catastrophe. I’ve got to focus on that. We’ve got problems around the world; you go focus on that.’ And I said, ‘No, no, I’m happy where I am, you get somebody else. I’m sure there’s good people around,'” she said.
However, in the same interview, she said that you “never say never” to a request to be a vice-presidential candidate.
And later, she called on Democratic voters to cast their ballots in November for “the person that you believe can actually win in November.”
“Look at the candidates, and clearly, you’ll like someone better than others,” Clinton said. “And then analyze that person’s positions and their message. Can that person win?” She added: “You’ve got to be very clear-minded about who can win.”
It comes after Clinton offered critical comments towards top Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Sanders last month responded to her remarks.
“I’m sorry for what Secretary Clinton had to say. I know she said that nobody likes me, right. I mean, this is not the kind of rhetoric that we need right now when we are trying to bring the Democratic Party together to defeat the most dangerous president in American history,” he said at the time.