Ex-Clinton Press Secretary Mike McCurry Bets Hillary Clinton Won't Run For President

Former President Bill Clinton's press secretary isn't bullish on the prospects of a second Clinton administration.

Mike McCurry, who served as Clinton's press secretary from 1994 to 1998, told Real Clear Politics that he may be the "last person in Washington" to think former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will give another run for the White House a try.

"You seem to be convinced that Mrs. Clinton's running. I like to say I'm the only person on the left … the only last person in Washington who'd be willing to take some bet that she might not run," McCurry says in the interview.

The communications consultant, who currently co-chairs the Commission on Presidential Debates, explained that his position with the commission is a "convenient" way to be able to "stay out of the thick of things" and avoid taking an active role with any of the presidential campaigns.

McCurry suggested that Clinton may see her current work with the Clinton Foundation as more fulfilling than the demands of campaigning.

"I think she's doing terrific work, talk about … finding other ways to make a contribution," he said. "The work she's doing through the Clinton Foundation with her husband and her daughter, she finds terrifically rewarding. I've heard her talk about that a little bit. She gets very excited about it."

"We all know what running for president is like … shaking hands with a lot of sometimes less-than-interesting local political people," McCurry continued. "She's going to do that for the next two and a half years at age 65 when she could be doing all this great stuff on a global stage? I don't know. I think that's why she hasn't said, 'I'm doing it.'"

McCurry did say that Clinton would be a "formidable" candidate, were she to decide to run in 2016.

The former press secretary expressed a similar sense of ambivalence about a second Clinton presidential bid to The Wall Street Journal in March.

Watch McCurry's Real Clear Politics interview here.



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