Pelosi: Hillary Clinton's 'our shot' in 2016
June 3rd, 2012
01:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Pelosi: Hillary Clinton's 'our shot' in 2016

(CNN) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi kept the “Hillary Clinton for president in 2016” refrain alive in an interview published Sunday.

“Why wouldn’t she run? She’s a magnificent secretary of state,” Pelosi told the San Francisco Chronicle when asked about Clinton’s 2016 ambitions. “She’s our shot.”

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The Democratic congresswoman and former House speaker similarly stoked the flames in April, describing the prospect as “so exciting.”

Clinton, the former first lady and New York senator, has consistently shot down speculation of a future political run, saying her current State Department post will be her last in public office. But her insistence has done little to quell the rumors.

Former President Clinton on Thursday left the door ajar to a 2016 run by his daughter, Chelsea, or wife, Hillary, saying, “we will just see.”

"Chelsea will be too young, I think, maybe not quite. Hillary says she's going to retire. We will just see. You know, I think she intends to come home and start doing a lot of the charitable work," Clinton said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." "She has worked so hard for 20 years, you know?"

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (138 Responses)
  1. Marla

    If Hillary chooses to retire, I don't blame her – she's done more than her share of good work for her country. However, I would be extremely excited by a Clinton/Warren ticket in 2016.

    June 3, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Bren

    I believe that there are many Democrats who are hoping Obama loses in November. If he is reelected, and his policies cause unemployment and the economy to remain in a slump or get worse-this will cause voters (particularly the Independents) to hate Obama and the Democrats even more. This then decreases the chances of Hillary winning in 2016. If Hillary does not have the support/votes of the Independents, she will not win.

    June 3, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Ancient Texan

    Of coarse Pelosi would be a backer for a Hillary run in 2016, virtually no difference between Socialist #1 (Obama) and Socialist #2 (Clinton).

    June 3, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Thanks. Obama12/Hillary16.

    June 3, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. JimmyZ

    She's a globalist CFR foot soldier and has no business anywhere near the white house.

    June 3, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. anthony78

    Republicans won't see the white house any sooner then 2020... just to try and get back into WH office and break everything the Democrats had fixed by then.

    Question... Why do we repeat this vicious cycle?

    June 3, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Anthony

    Hillary Clinton did not run as good as a campaign as Obama in 2008; otherwise she would have beaten McCain, and became America's first female president. Hillary is more liberal than her husband or Obama. As much as Republicans hate Obama's individual mandate right now, they hated Hillary's employer mandate in 1993 even more. As a matter of fact, Republicans developed the idea of individual mandate in the 1990s, partly in response to Hillary's employer mandate. Republicans do remember the past, even though they would like to pretend that the presidency of G.W. Bush never happened. If Hillary runs in 2016, Republicans are going to remember again how much they hated the Clintons.

    June 3, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    After four years of rest and recuperation, Hillary Clinton will be ready to rescue America from its economic doldrums and malaise. Hillary will make a great president!

    June 3, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    There are 10 women Presidents around the World and Secretary State Hillary Clinton is the only American woman that matches up or surpasses their credentials; their spouses, like Bill, aren't short on credentials either.

    June 3, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. jerome

    “She’s our shot.”

    Pelosi finally admits that even if Obama wins reelection, he ain't cutting the mustard.

    June 3, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. mikle

    Obama say look "forward". He is so good about his logo. Forward, because if people look back they can see his ugly change and record.

    June 3, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Chuck in Jasper, Ga.

    Quite frankly, I supported Clinton for the Democratic nomination. I felt that if Obama was elected it would be very difficult for him to accomplish much because of the opposition he would face based on his ethnicity. I felt it would be an overwhelming task because regardless all the progress our country has made to make "all" people equal, there are a lot of old time bigots in the Government that would oppose anything he attempted. I was not wrong. Republicans create reasons to oppose the Obama Administration. They have gone so far as to declare: "The number one priority of the Republican Party is to ensure Obama is not re-elected at all costs. The number one priority was not the economy, deficit, unemployment, wars for oil, or healthcare. Nope it was to see he was not elected "at all costs". Obviously the Republicans meant it. They have systematically created false controversy (birthers, Muslim, socialist. etc) to keep people from seeing what the agenda was and keep people from looking at them.

    June 3, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Loop

    Bill Clinton's praise of Romney is meant to get Hillary elected in 2016. He knows another 4 years of Obama and there isn't a chance in hades that we would elect a Dem in 2016. But if Romney wins then Hillary has a good shot. Bill is well aware of that.

    June 3, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Nancy Pelosi , keep it in the here and now, Please !

    Romney / Cheney
    Like Trump says, they both have a lot of heart !

    June 3, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. !ST SGT

    She's your only shot in 2012 except you foolish people don't know it yet. BUT YOU WILL.

    June 3, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. jack878

    This great news since Pelosi is wrong 100% of the time.

    June 3, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. Tom in Santa Fe

    If the Democruds really want to save our country, then Hillary should run NOW against Obama bin Lyin'.

    June 3, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. ted

    Great idea. Then the democratic party, whcih really cares about the people in this country, will retain the white house for at leat 12 years. We cannot have an other George Bush type administration, which is what Mitt Romney would bring. Hillary in 2016

    Obama/Biden 2012

    June 3, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. Ann

    She is your only shot now. Shame on Pelosi for how she treated Hillary 4 years ago.

    June 3, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Ha,Ha. Hillary couldn't get the Nomination last time. About 51 percent of the people said they wouldn't vote for her in any cirminstance. The democrats need to dig up Harry and run him again. Now would you buy a used car from Pelosi?? Would you buy a used car from Obama? Do you have the money to buy a used car? There is the real possibility of a 12 year Republician run with Romney leading the pack. Jobs and Fiscal Responsibility is what we need. And someone that understands the problem. It ain't the liberal democrats.

    June 3, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Edward

    Well, economists predict that unemployment will be at around 6% in 2016, even if we do nothing, so the notion that if Obama wins it may causes people not to vote for Hillary is a bad notion. Interestingly enough Romney predicted that he would have unemployment about 6% in 2016, I guess he wants people to think that his policies would be responsible for lower unemployment even though it's already been predicted that unemployment will be 6% in 2016.

    June 3, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Edward

    The more time passes, the more demographics change the harder it will be for Republicans to win. All that talk about Obama's done, you just don't know it yet? Republicans are done, you just don't know it yet.

    June 3, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Edward

    My point , look at the electoral advantage Obama has without any battleground states and look at all the various paths he has to 270. Romney? If he loses Florida he loses the election. His path to victory is so narrow that one state going to wrong way will cause him to lose the election.

    June 3, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Edward

    Democrats start the election with 240 electoral votes, they only need 30 more to win. The southern strategy is dying.

    June 3, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. gregingso

    I like Chelsea Clinton as a citizen but I think that the last progeny of a president who became president himself has proven absolutely that family dynasties are bad for our country. That is just not the way democracy is supposed to work. Have to also factor in that it was primarily Bill Clintoin's disgraceful behavior with ML that helped to put GW into office. If Bill had just been able to keep it in his pants then it is likely we would have had 8 years of Gore instead of the disaster that was GW. Hillary has probably earned her shot through her own hard work but there is no way I would ever vote for the child of a former president, especially one with such low moral character. Please if it's a choice of Hillary or Chelsea let us have Hillary, at least she doesn't have any of Bill's dna. Chelsea would be as big a disaster as GW was and our democracy is doomed if that happens again.

    June 3, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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