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  Everybody knows these Democrats will probably run for president — so why won't they just say it?
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Nov 23, 2018 06:35pm
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AuthorAlex Seitz-Wald
News DateFriday, November 23, 2018 04:35:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWASHINGTON — They're traveling to New Hampshire, interviewing campaign teams, and honing their stump speeches. They're angling to take on a president who made his own 2020 intentions official nearly two years ago.

So why won't the two dozen or so Democrats we all know are likely to run for president just come out and admit it?

It turns out that that, like saying Beetlejuice's name too many times, uttering the magic words “I’m running for president” triggers a host of headaches — in this case, legal and political complications. So most potential candidates won't say it until they have to, even if they aren’t fooling anyone — except maybe the willfully fooled Federal Elections Commission.
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