Pelosi: Hillary Better Prepared to Be President than Obama, Bill Clinton

Sunday, 22 Sep 2013 11:19 AM

By Greg Richter

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Should she decide to run, Hillary Clinton would be better prepared to assume the presidency than the current office holder, Barack Obama was, or even her own husband, Bill Clinton, said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Pelosi was asked whether thinks Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016. Polls have shown her a favorite in the Democratic race by a large margin.

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"I don't know, but I know that if she does she will win, and when she becomes president she will be one of the best-equipped, best-prepared people to enter the White House in a very long time," Pelosi said. After serving eight years as first lady to President Bill Clinton, Mrs. Clinton was elected senator from New York, then lost the 2008 presidential nomination to Obama, who appointed her secretary of State.

"With all due respect to our president – and I think he's magnificent and wonderful and a blessing to us – but certainly more prepared than President Obama, certainly more prepared than President [George W.] Bush, certainly more prepared than President Clinton," Pelosi said.

Obama had served a partial term as a U.S. senator when elected and also had been in the Illinois legislature. Bush and Clinton had served as governors, with Clinton also having been Arkansas' attorney general.

Host Candy Crowley asked if Hillary Clinton is more prepared than Vice President Joe Biden. Pelosi refused to jump into that debate, saying that neither has announced a desire to become the next president.

"Joe Biden is very prepared," she said. "And I think President [George H.W.]Bush Sr. was prepared. He had been a vice president."

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