Former Pennsylvania Governor and Clinton confidante Ed Rendell says in his new book, “A Nation of Wusses,” that he believes Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016.
Rendell, who aggressively campaigned with Clinton in Pennsylvania during her hard-fought 2008 primary victory in the state, said he believes that Clinton has no interest in running for the White House — right now.
“She is bone-tired — the job of secretary of state is far more grueling than that of the president, with the nonstop traveling, the constant jet lag, and the odd-hours phone calls to accomodate foreign officials’ schedules. Still I believe that when she gets some rest and has a chance to reflect on what she wants, the challenges facing the country will be too great for her to resist and she will change her mind.”
Rendell adds that he’s already pushing her to change her mind — and has offered to serve as her campaign manager for free.
He tells a story of a recent dinner when he asked her if she thought he had the stamina to run for president. She replied in the affirmative, and the wily ex-governor repled “Well, I’m exactly the age you will be in 2016!” In Rendell’s account Clinton laughed, and told her staff about the exchange the next day.