Pelosi urges Clinton to run in 2016
June 28th, 2013
05:55 AM ET
1 year ago

Pelosi urges Clinton to run in 2016

(CNN) – The top Democrat in the House is urging Hillary Clinton to run for office, and says their party is already coalescing around the potential 2016 candidate.

In an interview Thursday with USA Today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said “there’s a great deal of excitement” about a potential Clinton candidacy, adding that she personally hopes Clinton enters the race.

Touting the former senator and secretary of state’s long list of credentials, Pelosi said she believes Clinton “would be the best prepared person to enter the White House in decades.”

Pelosi made similar comments in May, speaking at a panel discussion in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2008, Pelosi - who was then speaker of the House - remained officially neutral in that year's Democratic primary between Clinton and then-Sen. Barack Obama.

Clinton has not announced whether she will launch another presidential bid, which has been the subject of intense speculation, since she stepped down as Secretary of State earlier this year.

Pelosi’s comments came on the same day a group of Democratic donors met with top Clinton allies in New York to discuss funding an independent political action committee that is urging Clinton to run.

The Ready for Hillary PAC was established by Clinton supporters in January – before she had officially left her State Department post – and has since worked to beef up its fundraising infrastructure, garnering the attention of high-profile Clinton allies and donors in the process.

Last week, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill became the first member of Congress to throw her support behind the PAC and a Clinton run. But New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand followed up soon after, announcing that she was “personally urging Secretary Clinton to run.” Gillibrand filled Clinton’s Senate seat, when she became Secretary of State in 2009.

While Pelosi stopped short of formally endorsing Clinton, saying the timing was inappropriate, she nevertheless said she would be ready to do so in the future.

“I don’t know why she wouldn’t run,” Pelosi told USA Today.  “She’s prepared, she’s well known, she’s highly respected. She knows she would be able to do the job so very, very well.”

–CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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

    Anyone but her. I promise very, very bad things ahead if she wins. I promise it!

    June 28, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Dave

    One old white democrat supporting another old white democrat. Is anyone surprised? I'll be more surprised if she actually runs, and then even more if she can make it through the campaign and get the DNC nomination.

    June 28, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. mfh

    There couldn't be anything more pathetic then Hillary in office. Its Idiocracy in the making. A women who lies when people die and doesn't care about the truth about those that sacrifice their lives for our country. The same women who claimed she came under sniper fire while visiting the troops. The same women who is backed by George Soros, confessed War Criminal.

    June 28, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Hillary4Prez

    My vote would be for Hillary no matter who ran against her!

    June 28, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Dave

    Yeh, right; one old white democrat supporting another old white democrat. Is anyone surprised? I'll be more surprised if she actually runs, and then even more if she can make it through the campaign and get the DNC nomination.

    June 28, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. George

    I have a perfect slogan for her campaign "the get even ticket....with the launching codes"

    June 28, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. Kevin

    Seriously, if a Clinton should run, then I see no problem in a Bush running on the other side. Hillary Clinton Versus Jeb Bush.. Would love to see those debates!

    June 28, 2013 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. James

    Pelosi I highly disagree with much of what you state. I highly disagree with your view upon guns, because tell me the last time one got off an assembly line, loaded itself and went on a killing spree. NEVER! A gun is no more deadly than a baseball bat, a chef knife or sword. IT takes a human to wield it to kill not the item used.It may be true that a gun is easier to kill with, but if they were outlawed, what next? A big rock, a baseball bat, a knife or even human hands or body parts?. All can kill...

    June 28, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  9. Friberger

    She runs, she wins. That's all that needs to be said.

    June 28, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  10. Rick Sanders

    Folks, lets talk a little common sense here. At this moment, this country is in shambles. People are loosing their homes, their jobs, their life savings. Why is so ? Its because we currently have a President who doesn't know a damn thing about how to run this country. Then we have people such as Nancy Pelosi. How this woman got elected to the House of Representatives I'll never know. Oh yeah I do, she's from the King of Liberal States: California. Now if she is pushing for Hillary Clinton to run in the next Presidential Election, then that should tell you folks something. This country is in enough trouble without Hillary Clinton becoming our next President. I wouldn't vote for Hillary Clinton to be the next dog catcher of Crawford County. The woman is a Socialist from the word go. The only reason she got elected to the Senate is because of her last name. Then the only reason she became Secretary of State is because she and Obama made a deal during the Democratic Party Presidential primary of 2008 that if she dropped out of the race to become the Democratic Party Presidential nominee, then Obama would name her as his Secretary of State. So that should show folks that Hillary Clinton cannot be trusted to become our nation's next President.

    June 28, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. smdahl

    Female puppets or male puppets? Blue puppets or red puppets? The only thing that's completely predictable is jailed puppets.

    June 28, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  12. Robby MacLure

    I thought president Obama was going for a third term.

    June 29, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  13. lweba

    Keeping low until the republicans come up with a name. I hope they wont bring again any of those we had last time, The Gingrich Mob!

    June 29, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
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