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

    Hillary, Do not tie your wagon to Pelosi, or for that matter, any other legislator from California ( Waters, Boxer etc..) They will drag you down just like the state they represent.

    June 4, 2012 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  2. Francis Singh

    Because she was secretary of state which tired her out. Just because obama was president, dont hold your breath for hillary 2016. Obamas second term is yet to be determined. Not only that but hes not fairing well at all! IF he WINS, his endorsement of her will mean nothing becauses shes got more political power then obama ever will. If He LOOSES And she runs as his vp, HER CHANCES go down the drain. she will be close to 70, and john mccain faced much disrespect and age discrimination. Furthermore, 2012 is her best hope, because shes still young enough nobody is enthusiastic about either obama or romney. DNC backstabbed hillary even though she won the populous vote. Clinton supporters like me were outraged. now I am voting for the person not the party. SO far BOTH OBAMA AND ROMNEY SUCK! im writing in hillary. im pretty sure in every state , thats were all those 20% uncommitted votes are going. WRITE IN HILLARY! SEND A MESSAGE!

    June 4, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  3. EditorJP

    Sure, she'd a make a "great" President; she's only supervised the greatest loss in American prestige and foreign influence in our history.

    She's handed the mideast over the muslim brotherhood, helped Iran stall long enough to cause a war with israel, and had her fingers in her ears and done NOTHING while Mexico descends into chaos and civil war.

    With any luck, she could toss the rest of our sovereignty to the UN and could get CANADA to declare war on us.

    June 4, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  4. BeverlyNC

    I agree. Hillary has been an incredible Secretary of State and has proven her leadership, diplomatic, and statesman qualities we often see in our greatest Presidents. I would stand for Hillary in 2016 if she would so us the honor of running for President. She has every quality needed to be an outstanding President. Thanks for the endorsement Nancy. You are also an excellent leader and we can't wait to have a real Speaker back running the House come November. Democrats know how to get things done for the PEOPLE. Republicans have shown they care nothing about this country, its people, jobs, education, opportunity for all, and have done nothing but betray us for their sick political games. Let's hope Americans wake up and realize what evil and corrupt non-humans Republicans are. Just look at the list of lunatics they ran for President and now they ended up with the one person they hated most. They want us now to vote for Romney who all expressed their hatred and doubt of his ability to lead? Just listen to him. Romney is incapable of speaking intelligently on any issue, knows nothing about foreign policy, and resorts to complete made-up lies about President Obama when he finds himself unable to answer simple policy questions. He is the male Sarah Palin!

    June 4, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  5. Living in the REAL world

    It really doesn't matter what Pelosi thinks because after 4 years of Obama in the Whitehouse and 6 years of Democrats in the Senate, the country has seen and heard enough to know they are clueless when it comes to the economy. All they know how to do is create new entitlement programs, raise taxes, spend, spend, spend, borrow, borrow, borrow, bury the private sector in new laws and regulation, infringe on personal and religious rights, attack businesses and then blame others when the economy stinks and there are no jobs. They won't be happy until there is 20% unemployment and the country is bankrupt. We're pretty close right now. 4 more years of Obama and we'll be there.

    June 4, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  6. TBONE

    I am sorry, but after that thing on the insider trading thing on 60 minutes with Nancy Pelosi and her husband, I really do not trust anything out of Pelosi's lips. I hope the voters of California will be smart enough to vote her out in November. As for the Clintons, what makes people think that because Hillary is a Clinton or Chelsea is a clinton that would inspire me to vote for either. If were going to vote for women, there are certainly many qualified unknown women out there that could use a shot at the title. I am sorry, but Chelsea has come off as a bit too snobby and spoiled to be president. Also I think his wife I feel needs to go away. I really do not want another Bush, Kennedy, Clinton running for president. We need new people and unknowns. Its what our country was founded on fresh new bold ideas, not burying our heads in the sand and getting comfy with ourselves. I am not saying Clintons are bad, but I feel that a few of Clinton's policies is what got us into the mess were in, with him siding along with repealing Glass Steagle Act, and signing onto the Commodities Reform Act of 2000. It is what it is. If people want real change time to vote the current incumbents out and put new people in.

    June 4, 2012 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  7. Observer91

    Why not? I don't expect Romney to win the presidency, and if Hilary runs in 2016 I expect any Republican who runs against her to lose, seeing as how there hasn't been any hints as to who would fit the bill perfectly for that year anyway. Republicans need a new strategy if they want to take back the White House, but I don't see them doing that any time soon.

    June 4, 2012 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  8. James

    Who cars about 2016.
    First step is to get rid of the failure that's now in the White House.

    June 4, 2012 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  9. Marie MD

    That wouldn't be such a bad idea. As has always been said, it's not just a woman BUT the RIGHT woman.
    I think mcnasty taught us that lesson in 2008!
    The bishop gets elected only the rich will have a say as to what congress does. Remember norquist said that all they need is somebody who can write their name down on anything and everything a teapublikan congress throws their way. They don't need a leader!!
    The rest of us, fortunately, do need a leader who can make the hard decisions and sticks to them (i.e., bin laden is dead)

    June 4, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  10. Errm

    No way. I would NEVER vote for Hiliary, and I say that as a flaming Liberal.
    Go Google some of the groups she's associated with.
    Why do you think Pres. Obama always looks miserable when he's around Bill? He's not too happy about having to hang out with these people.

    June 4, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  11. TomInRochNY

    We would have been much better off if Hillary had won this time around. Please run again Hillary!

    June 4, 2012 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  12. Nuihc

    We don't need another clinton in the white house any more than we need another bush.

    June 4, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  13. J.V.Hodgson

    I do believe that if she wishes to run in 2016 she would give any Republican a run for thier money
    2012 Obama will be re-elected because of the system and a growing disgust with the right wing tea party policies and overall style of "opposition to everything" or party of NO.

    June 4, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  14. Ol' Lefty

    Clinton-O'Malley 2016.

    June 4, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  15. The Other Campaign Strategist

    I would warn anyone that hopes to see Hillary run & win the Presidency to shut there mouth and support Mr. Obama in 2012. Nancy Pelosi should not be causing these types of distractions. There will be plenty of time to pump up Hillary in 2013 / 2014.

    The best interests of the Democratic Party are served by an Obama victory and a VIGOROUS developmental pipeline for future candidates. If not, the Dems of 2016 & 2020 will be just like the GOP is today . . . . aimless.

    June 4, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  16. Too Much

    They should've elected her for 2008...a missed opportunity. Now we're stuck with the choice of obama vs romney

    June 4, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  17. Evangenital

    @ Ol'Lefty: My money and vote for Clinton and I am very impressed with O'Malley.

    June 4, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  18. jamesnyc

    Hillary had a shot until Pelosi opened her mouth. Pelosi is so corrupt that I wouldn't touch any of her choices with a ten foot pole.

    Huntsman or Powell. That's who I would like to see running.

    June 4, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  19. is everything in the US now a popularity contest?a whose the coolest contest? what about whose the most prepared, the most deserving...the most experienced...

    BILLARY? no thx. she's a crony capitalist insider who lies like a cheap turkish rug.

    June 4, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  20. JD

    Clinton would make a great president in 16. She would definitely have a better Congress to work with. We are tired of that tea party hostage one that always says NO to everything and keeps our economy down. I still remember loosing thousands of our soldiers for a lie of looking for Weapons of Mass Destruction. Turns out that was the republicans. Who was on watch when our country was bombed? Oh yeah, the same person that said mission complete years before it was, Bush. Who said they are going to welcome us as Liberators? Oh yeah, that was Cheney, another republican. And how come Cheney and Bush both welcomed Cheney's daughter who was openly gay and now claim President Obama was wrong for wanting people to be treated fairly?

    June 4, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  21. Josef F

    I refuse to vote for any Democrat who supported both the Patriot Act *and* the Iraq War. Sorry, Hillary. You make a great Secretary of State, but you'll never get my support. You did away with the possibility of that in October 2001. No self-respecting Democrat should support her for President.

    June 4, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  22. Nuihc

    16 years of GROUNDBREAKING Democratic leadership might be long enough to A) Complete the tranformation of America into a s0cialist n@nny state, and B) Create a civil w@r with their constant attempts to put americans against each other, whether by class, r@ce or economic circumstances.

    June 4, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  23. Dennis M

    Yea, we read about Bill Clinton tell Obama to lay off the Baine incedent. Is that in hopes if Hillary runs in 2016 that they won' t bring up the fact that when Hillary was on the Board of Directors of Walmart that they were directly responsible for 1,000,000 factory workers losing there jobs over here. Send it overseas(China) to make it so they can sell it for just pennies less. Why do we want anyone in office that wants to sell this country short. to me it is more like treason. And I am sorry but the Clinton Arkansa past is to contrevesal to me. why else wouldn't they move back to there on state?

    June 4, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  24. Romney2012

    I would have voted for Hillary in 2008, far superior choice to McCain and obviously far superior to Obama.
    However that said she will be 70 years old and she looks "older" after her stint as Secretary of the State. She has done a very good job as Secretary of the State and perhaps 4 years of vacation will re-energize her to run. She very well may just retire and relax whichever she chooses Good Luck Hillary.

    June 4, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  25. GI Joe

    Age doesnn;t matter - Romney is 65 now One year younger than Hillary.

    June 4, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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