Hillary Clinton reportedly mulling talk show to kickstart 2020 election platform

Former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton may already be building a 2020 election platform, in the form of a talk show.

Ed Klein -- New York Times bestseller and author of the controversial Clinton-focused book "Guilty as Sin" -- posted quotes from someone he describes as a "close Clinton source" on Thursday, and the published excerpts indicate the Chicago native could be eyeing a new endeavor as a way to kickstart a 2020 election run.

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As a group of Clinton's friends gathered with her at her Washington home of Whitehaven, the defeated 2016 election candidate raised a glass and exclaimed "I'll be back," in an imitation of Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator. According to Klein's source, Clinton's potential return could come in the form of a talk show -- something the career politician has reportedly been mulling.

"She's been talking very seriously about the idea of having her own television show," said the source to Klein. "As a TV host, she'd discuss the issues of the day from a progressive point of view, have top guests, interview world leaders and progressive thinkers.

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"She thinks being the host of a popular TV show would energize the Democratic Party base and her tens of millions of fans," continued the source. "It's a way to make a comeback and position herself for another run at the White House starting in a year or so."

The source's comments also detail Clinton's intentions to "stay in the limelight" as a Democratic leader, and contrasts her ability as a leader with that of former president Barack Obama.

"She knows Obama is going to be out there fighting too," said the source." "But frankly, she doesn't think he's a great leader or a great fighter, which leaves an opening for her to be the acknowledged leader-in-exile of her party."

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Reports also swelled in the wake of the 2016 election that Clinton was being pressured to challenge Bill de Blasio as mayor of New York.

This reported plan to run from Clinton stands in contrast with insights revealed by Clinton ally Neera Tanden earlier this month. On. Jan, Tanden appeared on CNN's 'State of the Union' where she told host Jake Tapper that she doesn't expect her to ever run "for any elected office" again.

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