Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday said she is hopeful that Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016 despite steady denials from the current secretary of state that she has any interest.
The House minority leader told MSNBC on Tuesday that she thinks if Clinton ran, she would win and enter the White House as one of the most prepared commanders-in-chief in many years - possibly since Washington, Jefferson and Adams.
“I hope she goes,” Pelosi said. “Why wouldn’t she? She would be president of the United States, and she would be great.”
Clinton is expected to finish up her four-year run as secretary of state, potentially leaving as early as mid-January, and has said that her only intention is to take time off after a two-decade-plus continuous run in the public square.
Last week, she told ABC that she will not run for president again, in 2016 or after.
"I've said I really don't believe that that’s something I will do again," Clinton said. "I am so grateful I had the experience of doing it before. I think there are lots of ways to serve, so I'll continue to serve."
Despite her continuous denials of any desire or intention to run again, the question has been asked of her in nearly every interview she gives as high-profile officials and the public alike continue to discuss an expectation that her name will be on the 2016 ballot.
Pelosi echoed sentiments that have been widely expressed all year.
“And if she decided to run, and I think she would win, she would go into the White House as well prepared or better prepared than almost anybody who has served in that office in a very long time,” Pelosi said. “I won’t include Washington, Jefferson, Adams — but maybe.”
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