Pelosi urges Clinton to run in 2016
June 28th, 2013
05:55 AM ET
10 months 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. Steveo

    @Rudy NYC

    Bob4683

    Agree with Larry in Houston. A moderate with name recognition, better than Romney and backed by the GOP's money, could win at least half of the battleground states. Romney lost seven out of eight in 2012. Huntsman is one guy who in my opinion could win if he runs again.
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    Huntsman could have won in 2012, but most Republicans had set their moral values too high to vote for him. The only way Huntsman could ever become POTUS in today's political climate would be to run as a Democrat.
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    Highly doubtful. The left tolerants moderates just like the left does..THEY DON'T! RINOs and DINOs are not tolerated! Remember the Blue Dog Democrats? They are now extinct!

    June 28, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Steveo

    ........Just like the RIGHT does.........

    June 28, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Steveo wrote:

    Highly doubtful. The left tolerants moderates just like the left does..THEY DON'T! RINOs and DINOs are not tolerated! Remember the Blue Dog Democrats? They are now extinct!
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    Barack Obama is a moderate, and there are plenty of blue dog Democrats. Just because you do not see them in the Congress does not mean they are not out there. They're till around. With the election of Barack "Who's Sane" Obama in 2008, many have been voted out of Congress and replaced by Tea Party candidates.

    June 28, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Huntsman could have won in 2012, but most Republicans had set their moral values too high to vote for him
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    I agree Hunttsman was their best shot in 2012, but most Republicans had set their moral values too LOW for him, is how I saw it.

    June 28, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    If the only thing the rightes can use against her is Benghazi (it took 9 responses here to see one) along with Whitewater, Vince Foster, Mark Rich...they are sorely mistaken. Since she was elected to the Senate post-Whitewater/VF/MR they will do nothing to hurt her. Bengazi is just like Duh Duh Duh-byas 15 or so diplomats killed during his reign of error but you never hear the righties talk about that.. She will mop the floor with any GOP candidate except Christie Creme but since he's a RINO for not being pure enough....she will be elected if she runs

    June 28, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. Steveo

    @Rudy NYC

    Steveo asked:

    So who urged her to run in 2008?
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    What prompted you to pose a question based upon a set of false assumptions? Just because it is "this way" now does not mean that it has always been "this way" and always should be. That's the conservative mind set in a nut shell, which says very little changes.

    In different eras of human history, conservatives would have been against things like: moving out of caves; written language; wearing clothes; and cooked food.
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    What false assumptions (a simple question) and why the bait and switch, Rudy? You just accused me of something that you just went wild on! Sweet!

    June 28, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Steveo

    @Rudy

    What prompted you to pose a question based upon a set of false assumptions? Just because it is "this way" now does not mean that it has always been "this way" and always should be
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    So "change" is only applicable to the left but not the right? Nah! Absolutely NOTHING biased about that statement

    June 28, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Bill from GA

    Steveo
    " The left tolerants moderates just like the left does "

    Maybe if CNN would put a timer on screen at the 'Post a comment' spot. 5 minute countdown. It might eliminate these totally senseless comments. Probably Steveo was just too rushed to actually make sense, trying to get one in before the cutoff.

    Or Maybe not.

    June 28, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. Mugabe

    Why not little queen barney frank?

    June 28, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Anonymous

    @Rick McDaniel – If Clinton runs........there will be NO coming together, in America. That you can be assured of.
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    As long as we have the likes of Faux News, Limbaugh, Hannity, etc. and other pundits (also on the left) the country will NEVER come together – it is their sole agenda to keep the country divided. And, as long as "compromise' remains a dirty word in Congress there will be division. No matter who becomes President this will forever be the case I'm afraid.

    June 28, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Bill from GA

    Hillary voted in favor of the Iraq War. Either she's too easily fooled or she is too gutless to stand up for what is right.

    We need a better choice.

    If the likes of Perry, Santorum, or romney can run, why not Wendy Davis. She fights for what she believes in.
    Or Debbie Wasserman Shultz. Another fighter.

    June 28, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Steveo

    @Bill from GA

    Steveo
    " The left tolerants moderates just like the left does "

    Maybe if CNN would put a timer on screen at the 'Post a comment' spot. 5 minute countdown. It might eliminate these totally senseless comments. Probably Steveo was just too rushed to actually make sense, trying to get one in before the cutoff.

    Or Maybe not.
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    Looks like you missed my correction, professor!

    June 28, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Steveo

    @Rudy NYC

    Steveo wrote:

    Highly doubtful. The left tolerants moderates just like the left does..THEY DON'T! RINOs and DINOs are not tolerated! Remember the Blue Dog Democrats? They are now extinct!
    ------–
    Barack Obama is a moderate, and there are plenty of blue dog Democrats. Just because you do not see them in the Congress does not mean they are not out there. They're till around. With the election of Barack "Who's Sane" Obama in 2008, many have been voted out of Congress and replaced by Tea Party candidates.
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    So why don't we see them and hear from them, Rudy? Easy answer! You don't tolerate them!

    June 28, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    I don't even bother wasting the Moderators' time with extra posts to correct spelling/typos, most especially when the meaning is clear or you can tell what I really meant to say.

    Steveo asked:

    So why don't we see them and hear from them, Rudy? Easy answer! You don't tolerate them!
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    Uh. Because, unlike conservatives no longer in office, Fox News Channel doesn't want to hire them?

    June 28, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Steveo asked:

    "So who urged her to run in 2008?"

    What false assumptions (a simple question) and why the bait and switch, Rudy? You just accused me of something that you just went wild on! Sweet!
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    Good grief. What made you think someone must have urged her to run in 2008? That's your false assumption. The right wing instincts of your neo-libertarianism is blinding you to the obvious. Did it never occur to you that Clinton is an intelligent enough woman to come up with the idea herself and act upon it?

    Good grief. Play stupid if you want. You can't fool me.

    June 28, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    DM4O wrote:

    I agree Hunttsman was their best shot in 2012, but most Republicans had set their moral values too LOW for him, is how I saw it.
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    Actually, it's hard to tell who's being the more sarcastic here, you or me. LOL.

    June 28, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Huntsman is one guy who in my opinion could win if he runs again."

    At this early point, Huntsman is the ONLY GOPer candidate I would seriously consider. And, yes. This includes IF Hillary runs and wins her Democratic primaries and actually wins the Democratic nomination.

    June 28, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. Steveo

    Rudy NYC

    I don't even bother wasting the Moderators' time with extra posts to correct spelling/typos, most especially when the meaning is clear or you can tell what I really meant to say.

    Steveo asked:

    So why don't we see them and hear from them, Rudy? Easy answer! You don't tolerate them!
    -----––
    Uh. Because, unlike conservatives no longer in office, Fox News Channel doesn't want to hire them?
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    Fox has nothing to do with whether or not YOUR party tolerates Blue Dogs. Yet another bait and switch!

    June 28, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Steveo

    @Rudy NYC

    Steveo asked:

    "So who urged her to run in 2008?"

    What false assumptions (a simple question) and why the bait and switch, Rudy? You just accused me of something that you just went wild on! Sweet!
    -------
    Good grief. What made you think someone must have urged her to run in 2008? That's your false assumption. The right wing instincts of your neo-libertarianism is blinding you to the obvious. Did it never occur to you that Clinton is an intelligent enough woman to come up with the idea herself and act upon it?

    Good grief. Play stupid if you want. You can't fool me.
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    Your memory fails you! I don't need to fool you. You are doing that to yourself! PLENTY of folks urged her to run in 2008. Her husband being one of them. Lanny Davis yet another. Good grief indeed!

    June 28, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. M.A.P.

    The Republican's are very afraid and so they should be. Actually they should be downright ashamed of their party's behaviour in the last 4 years – it's been juevenille at best – toxic and vitriolic at worst. And most importantly – FACT FREE: yes Republicans are the party of "gut feeling" and "god fearing". Definately too old fashioned to win a modern election. I still don't know how George W Bush got reelected – I guess it was due to fear of terrorists.

    June 28, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair

    "Barack Obama is a moderate"
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    Choked on a strawberry reading this gem from Rudy. Barack Obama was rated THE furthest left senator duning is brief tenure in the higher chamber... and without a doubt is the furthest left president we've ever had. Name one further left. LBJ? Please... he's to the left of LBJ. Rudy is clearly gunning for back-to-back Rod Serling awards.

    June 28, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Steveo

    @Rudy NYC

    I don't even bother wasting the Moderators' time with extra posts to correct spelling/typos, most especially when the meaning is clear or you can tell what I really meant to say.
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    Apparently I have to. Just see Bill from GA's remarks to me.

    June 28, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. Sven

    God God NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No more family members as President. How about some Guy who ran a state, lost a ton of weight and tells people off when they need to be told off!! You know who I mean. Yea, HIM!!!

    June 28, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. us_1776

    It's Hilary's choice.

    And I'm sure she is considering it.

    If she does run she'll have huge support.

    .

    June 28, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. Jerry

    Everytime Pelosi gets in front of a camera she makes a complete fool of herself. WAY TO GO DEMS...

    June 28, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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