Clinton in 2016? Pelosi says 'yes'
Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, shakes hands with then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, in Washington, D.C. on June 25, 2008.
April 3rd, 2012
11:18 AM ET
3 years ago

Clinton in 2016? Pelosi says 'yes'

(CNN) – Nancy Pelosi would like Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, the Democratic leader said in an interview that aired Monday.

"That would be so exciting. And isn't she a magnificent secretary of state?" Pelosi said on Charlie Rose's PBS show.

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However, the Democratic representative said she has "no knowledge" Clinton plans to launch a second bid for the White House.

The former first lady and senator from New York has said her current post will be her last in public office, but her husband left the door open to a possible run in the future over the weekend.

"I believe she's being absolutely honest with you when she says she doesn't think she'll go back into politics," Clinton said in an interview that aired Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America." "But if she comes home and we do this foundation stuff for the rest of our lives I'll be happy. If she changes her mind and decides to run I'll be happy."

Although Pelosi expressed similar sentiments, she was not ready to predict Clinton would be the presumptive frontrunner in 2016.

"You know what? You're talking about a hundred years from now. We can't even predict who is going to win the election," Pelosi said. "Every assumption in politics is an old, stale, and almost false one. New communication, new people coming forward and the rest."

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I think Hillary Clinton would be happier being Chief Justice of the SCOTUS. My gut says that she doesn't want to weather another storm of a presidential campaign, much less the politics of being POTUS. If Chelsea has a grandkid, you can definitely count Hillary out. That's just my gut feelings.

    But, if not Hillary, then who would the Democrats have to run with a significant level of name recognition. How about the MA Gov. Deval Patrick? His name at the top of the ticket would drive conservatives into a bugnuts frenzy.

    April 3, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. Bonnie

    YES, Clinton / Cuomo "2016"

    April 3, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. WatchDawg

    I would like to President Obama move Hillary into the VP slot for this election...this would just further cement her for the Presidency in 2016...

    April 3, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Myviewis

    No, no, no. Time to move on to someone else. Forget it, she is not a woman of her word, she moves to whatever is convenient for her personally. She has no convictions. She didn't stand by her beliefs. I originally wanted her over Obama but when she gave her support to Obama after having trashed him in her run for the White House I lost a lot of respect for her, she didn't stand her ground against her opponent, instead she sided with Obama and campaigned for Obama. She was and is a hypocrite.

    April 3, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Surfer George

    Clinton in 2016? Pelosi says 'yes'
    America will agree!

    April 3, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. 32mMD

    Wasn't Pelosi very vocal in making sure Hillary didn't get the nomination, and then refused to accept a 'dream ticket' with Obama and Clinton on it?

    April 3, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. GoodRiddance

    I, US citizen says NO for Obama 2012 and clinton for 2016

    April 3, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Obama Doubling down on Socialism

    The American people have decided they don't want anymore of the Democrat Socialist Party controlling the country. Record unemployment, record debt, record deficits, record foreclosures, skyrocketing gas prices, sky rocketing food prices, a stagnant economy, an ever growing government that wants to force unconstitutional mandates on the people. NO WAY!

    You're bankrupting the country and destroying our children's future. SOCIALISM DOESN'T WORK! Look to the streets of Greece for the future the Democrat Socialists have in store for the USA.

    April 3, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Myviewis wrote on page 1:

    No, no, no. Time to move on to someone else. Forget it, she is not a woman of her word, she moves to whatever is convenient for her personally. She has no convictions. She didn't stand by her beliefs. I originally wanted her over Obama but when she gave her support to Obama after having trashed him in her run for the White House I lost a lot of respect for her, she didn't stand her ground against her opponent, instead she sided with Obama and campaigned for Obama. She was and is a hypocrite.
    ---------–
    You must think that liberals are as naive as conservatives. Not even someone who is half brain dead would believe any of that. You would never support a Democrat, no matter who they were. Discussion closed.

    April 3, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Here are some suggestions for 2016 if Hillary is our nominee:

    Clinton/Warner
    Clinton/Cuomo
    Clinton/Spitzer

    Yes, I said Spitzer. The man may be a perv, but he knows how to govern and keep Wall St. in check.

    April 3, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    How did I forget this one: CLINTON/FEINGOLD OR FEINGOLD/CLINTON

    April 3, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Me IN HOUSTON

    LOOK! Obama has this election in the bag. Nobody foresees Romney winning against President Obama. It really is time to look beyond the Obama era into 2016. AND WE NEED HILLARY CLINTON!!!
    I know she said that she is not going to run but 2016 is far away and anything can happen from now till then.
    WE NEED HILLARY CLINTON IN 2016

    April 3, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. RealityBites

    Upon election to house leader, Nancy famously stated that she was "here to drain the swamp".

    Now, 6 years and many dirty backroom deals later, we clearly see dirty little pig Nancy wollowing in the mudd still left in the swamp.

    April 3, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. Kimberly

    This would be a dream come true!!! I am 100% positive that Clinton would win, and not only win, but I dont see any viable Democrat running against her in 2016. I think that we would all rally around and support her from day 1. After POTUS Obama is done with his second term, it would be really great to make history a second time. I love First Lady Clinton, and maybe FLOTUS Obama will throw her hat in the ring 8 years later!! :)

    April 3, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. LolDems

    Excellent. Keep your eyes focused on 2016. Dream your dreams sans reality. It will keep you in good stead come next year.

    April 3, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. kat

    If Pelosi thinks it's a good idea, it must be bad, that witch needs to go too.

    April 3, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. ...Kentucky long-rifleman.....

    After a successful OBAMA PRESIDENCY,

    April 3, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. ...Kentucky long-rifleman.....

    After a successful OBAMA PRESIDENCY, President HILLARY CLINTON could continue with the progress made after THE DREADFUL CHENEY-ROVE-DUBYA disaster.

    April 3, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. Lois

    Yes, Pelosi was very vocal in making sure Hillary didn't get the nomination. She so wanted Obama for whatever reason. Maybe she thought she would be able to have more control without the Clintons. I would love to see Hillary run again, but wish her the best at whatever she does.

    April 3, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Sorensen

    Hillary Clinton has the brains, experience, style, class, finesse and toughness to do whatever she wants.
    And she has the right to do just that. She would, however, be the best President of The United States ever.
    Romney looks like an even bigger joke in this context. If that is even possible.

    April 3, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. Palin Power

    Hillary will never be President. Sarah Palin will easily PWN Hillary in 2016 and she will be our greatest President ever.

    April 3, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. ST

    I really admire these two women (Hillary & Nancy). They have showed that women can achieve something if they fight hard for it. Not like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann who are full of noise and nothing done so far!

    April 3, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Bryan James

    Hilary Clinton & Martin O’Malley 2016!

    April 3, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. JMD

    Hillary Clinton is a war monger for crying out loud! Why the hell would she be a good president? Don't we already have enough status-quo cronies?

    April 3, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. Myviewis

    @Rudy NYC – Seriously? that is all you got from what I wrote? Oh please, how about discussing Clinton and why she would not be a good president, why she doesn't have a backbone to stick to her beliefs, to her proposed changes, to her ideas, to her proposed direction for our country. Seriously, grow up.

    April 3, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |