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

    I hope she runs for president, she is a very smart woman. Although politics have become word-nasty, as if some gentleman have lost their minds. Very irrespectfull, the very expression of their minds. And politics today is just blocking proposals from the democratic party so nothing can get done. Politicians today just seems they represent special interests. Sad..

    June 28, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. GOP = Greed Over People

    Folks, Hillary has already signaled she is going to run, she did say she wanted to see a woman as President in "her lifetime".

    Quick, name a woman that could accomplish that in the next 8 years or so, other than Hillary?

    June 28, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. tom l.

    "I remember landing in Bosnia with sniper fire going on all around me"

    June 28, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. plain&simple

    Is there any other woman on the democrats list? Really,name one who would have a chance!!! Where's the diversity? Politics need sensible candidates with fresh approaches to stale issues that linger. Moving forward is very hard to do with no new names to hear from. Come on progressives...who else is viable ???

    June 28, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. JerryT

    With all the radical feminists in the news lately, islam doesn't appear as being all that bad.

    June 28, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. seamus mcdermott

    One cog in the machine advocating for another cog in the machine. Those two are so out of touch they have to go on oxygen when they leave their limousines.

    June 28, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. Steveo

    So who urged her to run in 2008?

    June 28, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Isuppose you have to consider the source. Pelosi certainly has all the creditiability of a ?????

    June 28, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. 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.

    June 28, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Tom1940

    If there were ever two "sweeties" that need to go home, sit in their rocking chairs, (reflecting on their time in government), it is these two. Their time has passed. Hillary will cannot survive the Benghazi Massacre Scandal, nor can Nancy live down her comment: "Just pass the bill – you can find out what is in it later" (paraphrase). What a couple of duffusses.

    June 28, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. Donkey Party

    Funny reading the fear in the right-winger comments. Hillary will run in 2016, she will win, she'll be re-elected, and then a Hispanic Democrat will win the Presidency and serve 2 terms after Hillary. The Democrats have a firm lock on the White House for the next two decades. The GOP and their rabid, ignorant, racists supporters will mostly be all dead and gone by then. And as far as Benghazi goes, America knows there wasn't any scandal, just like there was no Fast and Furious, AP, IRS, or NSA scandals. Good riddance GOP, to you and your backward, diseased, toxic Conservative ideology!

    June 28, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. aktap

    If Hillary runs in 2016, I'm putting my money on the Republicans retaking the white house. Even if the RNC runs some zombie blood sucker like Newt Gingrich, they'll still win. Hillary just has far too much political baggage to win any general election. besides, I think most Americans have a sever case of Bush/Clinton overload. Myself, I'm praying that feeling will last a few generations!

    June 28, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Donkey Party

    Right-wingers don't have any explanation why they hate Nancy Pelosi so much, only that they were told to by their GOP masters. Just further proves how right-wingers are incapable of thinking for themselves.

    June 28, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Donkey Party

    aktap – No Republican has a chance of ever getting close to the White House in the foreseeable future. America is center-left, and the GOP just keeps getting pulled further and further to the right. America soundly rejects radical right-wing fundamentalist extremists, that's why the GOP is facing imminent extinction. So if you're going to bet on the GOP winning the Presidency, you better make it a very small wager, because the odds are not in your favor (not even close).

    June 28, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. Donkey Party

    Rick McDenial – And just who can bring America together? Rand Paul? Rick Santorum? Ted Cruz? Do you even think before you type, or does your lunacy and ignorance just flow freely without any filter?

    June 28, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Gurgyl

    No chance for rethuglicans. GOP idiots better learn this. She wins landslide this time. Women vote the major one. GOP thugs looted enough–people know so does entire world.

    June 28, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. edward_s

    Pelosi needs to focus on doing her job that she was elected to do instead of this 2016 wishing. It's summer 2013, get to work

    June 28, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Name willard

    Nancy p are wrong her word what about clinton hillary will run her presdient 2016
    I think clinton hillary will not run presdient 2016 cause she lied her story what happened about murder 4 of amercian at benghzaina lybia

    June 28, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Rob

    Hillary is a joke. She was fired as a lawyer on watergate for lying. She had to surrender her license to practice. Along with whitewater and bengazi.

    June 28, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. Moderate

    With all the scandals this administration is embroiled in, it would be foolish for Hillary to run! One of the worst administrations ever – Benghazi lies, Gitmo lies, NSA scandal, IRS scandal, Fast & Furious Scandal, ... – and the joker gets a Nobel Peace Prize! If not for the liberal media, POTUS would be mocked and ridiculed by every sane individual in this country. POTUS thinks there are 51 states, by the way. He added Kenya to the list of states. Go back home POTUS, and take Hillary with you sweetie!

    June 28, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw, Humm,
    Is Hillary running? I would say there is a 52-48 chance she will run. After all, she wants to get even with all those that have put sunlight on her dark secrets. She is steamed at all those that have sheaded her for all these years. Will she win? Only the Gods know for sure. I will need to look at the alignment of the Stars to see what is favorable. We are probably not out of the woods for some time yet.

    June 28, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Rudy NYC


    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.
    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.

    June 28, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. S.B. Stein

    There is concern that Hillary Clinton has a significant amount of baggage. The problem is either the candidate has the experience (which comes with baggage) or doesn't (don't know what is going on and what to expect). Some can counter the negative aspects while others fail.

    @aktap - I won't go as far as you. We don't know who is running yet and far too early to speculate with any kind of accuracy. I wouldn't start until the 2014 midterms are over and the new Congress gets settled.

    June 28, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. Keith ..... in Oregon

    I would donate to her if she would use the money to just go away.

    June 28, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Steveo asked:

    So who urged her to run in 2008?
    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.

    June 28, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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