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Ex-Clinton Press Secretary: I'd Bet Hillary Won't Run For President

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

That puts him at odds with the other Clintonites who have lined up with the shadow campaign infrastructure that's been built to support a presumed Hillary 2016 run.

McCurry pointed to the work Hillary is doing at the Clinton Foundation and the grueling experience of a political campaign as possible reasons that she would choose not to launch another bid.

"Because 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, 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.'"

But if Hillary did run, McCurry does believe she'd been a "formidable" candidate.

"I think she would be formidable because, among other things, she'd do the job very well," he said. "I am confident when I say, 'Hillary Clinton would be a good president' that she would be."