Pelosi urges Clinton to run in 2016
June 28th, 2013
05:55 AM ET
10 years 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. Richard Long

    Buyer's remorse for 2008?

    June 28, 2013 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  2. Stan

    Id vote for her. Bill was very good. I know they would work together. Like they say two heads are better then one. When bill was in he worked for us. His personel life had nothing to the way our country was run. I have not seen anyone else do what this mans done in the two terms he was in.

    June 28, 2013 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  3. Shontal

    I hope she doesn't run. She is too old and she would only care about women's issues. The prison incarceration rates would go through the roof in the name of protecting the home. Her husban locked up more non-violent drug offenders than any country in the world. He had nothing to do with the stock market rallies that led the economic prosperity of the 90's. keep her out the White House cause we'll also be supported Israel in another proxy war.

    June 28, 2013 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  4. I Hope NOT

    Lies, a fabricated image, and more lies. Of course she is going to run in 2016. She has been plotting it for years. I hope the Dems back someone else who actually cares more about this country than herself.

    June 28, 2013 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  5. NameScott

    Go Hillary Go can't wait to vote for you.

    June 28, 2013 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  6. Edward_S

    A bit early don't you think? Really its just now summer 2013.

    June 28, 2013 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  7. Marie MD

    I hope HIllary runs because she is going to mop the floor with the tea trolls who are getting in line like she mopped the floor with mop boy and her "turkey?" remark. I know she meant the country but I personally saw it as a back hand slap in that ugly face of his.

    June 28, 2013 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  8. Chickie

    Honestly, neither party has a platform for which I will vote – regardless of who is chosen as candidate.

    June 28, 2013 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  9. Richard Baranowski

    One word: 'Benghazi' – People died and she lied!!!

    Oh you want more, how 'bout?: The 'Serial Liar!': She mispoke when she said she was dodging sniper fire in Bosnia.

    June 28, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  10. maxine howard

    No thanks! We do not need another Obama! One was quite enough, thank you.

    June 28, 2013 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  11. Glenn

    Yeah, that's just what we need. It'd be the final nail in the coffin of this once great republic.

    June 28, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  12. Get Real

    Did we not just have an election a little over 6 mos. ago? Correct me if I am wrong but isn't that 3.5 more years left on this term? Or is this a no confidence vote in the current winner? Someone explain it it me. It is almost like they only want to think about 2016 instead of the present.

    June 28, 2013 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  13. Adam

    World's most unlikable woman to world's second-most unlikable woman: run for president

    June 28, 2013 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  14. jim

    God help us all...

    June 28, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  15. Gurgyl

    Yes, on Hillary16. Period.

    June 28, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  16. TomInRochNY

    As long as the republicans keep propping up unviable candidates, anyone could win against them. But, Hillary is at the very top of the list for any party. Hillary 2016!

    June 28, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  17. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Clinton will be a sure winner if she runs . The GOP has nobody with any brains to run!! I all gop brain dead voters move to texas where they have the only brain dead gov in the USA, Rick, the goof perry, GOP moron!!!!

    June 28, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  18. mattk

    I can see it now
    Clinton runs in 2016, all the republican candidate has to do is walk on the stage and say "Benghazi"
    The crowd will whip themselves into such a mad frenzy they'll be foaming at the mouth yelling "AMERICA!"

    June 28, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  19. Fifi

    Its long over due that we have a strong woman in the White House and we couldn't start with one better than Hillary Rodham Clinton. GO HILLARY GO!

    June 28, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  20. Daniel Hoffman

    I'd far prefer Elizabeth Warren to run for President!

    I like Hillary, but she's more cozy with Wall Street than I like.

    June 28, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  21. Ted

    Just once, it would be really great if the parties had representation that was NOT polarizing. If anyone like a Clinton, Bush or old-school establishment that is entrenched in the mythos of their party becomes the representative of their party for a presidentail election, they can virtually guarantee that their term in office IF they become elected, will be a continual struggle between the parties for their entire term and – most important – very little useful legislation will be accomplished.

    Is that what everyone wants?

    June 28, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  22. Data Driven

    "Nancy Pelosi said “there’s a great deal of excitement” about a potential Clinton candidacy"

    Oh please. Not from everyone. There are MANY on the liberal side who would love someone else to emerge. And excuse me, but we were the ones who rejected Clintonism in 08.

    There is so much politics to cover right now - why is EVERYONE, even the politicians themselves, obsessing endlessly about Hillary in 2016? It's June 2013, for gods sake.

    GIVE. IT. A. REST.

    June 28, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  23. Larry in Houston

    well, IF u want MY opinion on this matter – It's going to be all about the M O N E Y – period. Even though the party is coalescing around that – (and a whole lot of other people too) The republicans have a lot of money. Remember the casino owner who supported the newtster, and all the donald trumps of the world who supported Romney, not to mention all the republicans with pockets as deep as the ocean, in a state like Texas. In other words, 'ol Hillary will need to get on the horn to warren buffet, or a guy like carlos slim, ( down in mexico) for either one of these two guys to send her at the very least, 1 Billion. ( with a B) if she doesn't have that to start out with, she'd better forget it. Otherwise the republicans will end up nominating Christy / or Charlie crist / or Jon Huntsman / or McDonnell, since they are the closest to the "middle of the road" type of guys, instead of some of the clowns that were on that stage, during the republican primaries, last time. And besides, who else has name recognition, other than the republicans that I just mentioned, vs. Hillary.

    June 28, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  24. king

    hey i think their is a urgency for the dem to have a strong candidate against the repubs and their corporate giants. the repubs ideology of giving money to international companies for them to hide their money in overseas tax haven from the tax man, and level the jobs field with America and china will send our country back to the aristocrats and peasants days of old. lesson folks the trickle down era of the Reagan days are over with, we are living in a global market now, that means companies has just amount of leverage putting their businesses in china as they do in America, most of the time they get more incentive of putting their businesses in china, because of the none existing taxes and the slave salaries they pay those workers. its time the American people start seeing the take over of technology for the human labor, and the freedom of corporations to do what they please to make more money will only destroy America's leadership in the economic world, because who wouldn't want to take their businesses to china who has 6 times the spenders we have in America.

    June 28, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    If Clinton runs........there will be NO coming together, in America. That you can be assured of.

    June 28, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
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