Pelosi: Hillary Clinton's 'our shot' in 2016
June 3rd, 2012
01:46 PM ET
11 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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soundoff (138 Responses)
  1. Malory Archer


    "She's our shot" – sounds like someone is already thinking about defeating the incumbent Republican in 2016.


    Sounds to me like she's already thinking ahead to President Obama's successor. The right should start thinking now about a viable candidate for 2016.

    June 4, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Dean

    Don't count on it, Botox.

    June 4, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Bren

    They are floating the Hillary balloons now-because many Democrats now realize that there is a very good chance that Obama is going to lose!! And, do not look for Hillary to "rescue" Obama by running as his VP. There is no way that Hillary will want to be connected to Obama/his policies/his failures/his divisiveness/polarization/hatred of him--and hope to run/win in 2016. Hillary will need the Independents to win--and the Independents are currently supporting Romney over Obama, by at "least" 10 points in all state/national polls.

    And, for those of you who keep bringing up Elizabeth Warren-she is not even going to win in Massachusetts. Over the last 3-4 days-the Boston Herald ran scathing articles that exposed Warren's lies/hypocrisy. It seems that Chief Tell'm Whoppers--made her fortune by buying foreclosed homes from the poor middle class citizens who lost the homes due to foreclosure-and has been turning around and selling them at a very high profit. She was even lending money to her family members-so that they could also buy foreclosed homes and turn around and sell them at very high profits.

    June 4, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Cool

    I will be ready to vote for Hillary in 2016.

    June 4, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. PhiLoCiFer

    Honestly think it back door for Mr. Clinton to implement more socialist changes. Come on this is of fifty countrys United. Read the Dec of Ind. When a Gov. No longer serves its people the people have tje right to PEACEFULLY disassemble it. Keep that in mind u political swine. We the People are the boss.

    June 4, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. EGB2

    Regardless of what you think of Secretary Clinton personally, she would make an excellent chief executive for the country. She understands policy and how to maneuver through the bureaucracy about as well as anyone in the nation.

    June 4, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Brad

    Too bad the Dems railroaded her out of the nomination in 2008. She's be president now, we wouldn't be in the damn mess we're in now, and she would easily win re-election this year. Bet many of them are kicking themselves now. Seriously, Romney can win in November.......

    June 4, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Gregg

    She should have challenged Obama in 2012. And if I was Hillary, I would distance myself from Pelosi. She is crazy. Otherwise, Hillary has my vote for sure.

    June 4, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Cheryl Jefferies

    We don't need another lib/Dem in power...not now, not in 2016, not EVER! We need people who both understand business, capitalism, AND our Constitution and system of government...the way it SHOULD work. If we have people who understand all that in office, our system WILL work. It always has.

    June 4, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Nobama 2.0

    If Hillary wants a chance in 2016, she needs to make sure Obama was voted out in 2012.

    Because if Obama managed to have a second term, which will make America in a worse situation (like the national debt in the 20+ trillions, unemployment rate is even higher than now, etc.), at that time voters will be so mad at the Dems that no Dem candidates can ever win in2016.

    All potential Dem candidates need to see this big picture ..

    June 4, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    First, Obama will win. Second Hillary will win in sixteen. The country will be better for it.

    June 4, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Maggie

    It should have been Clinton in 2008 and 2012 but she was cheated out of the democrat nomination by you know who!!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Nuihc

    "It should have been Clinton in 2008 and 2012 but she was cheated out of the democrat nomination by you know who!!!!!!!!"
    cheated,,,,I guess you could call it that. Chicago is the head of the organized crime snake. They threatened Chelsea, simple as that.

    June 4, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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