Pelosi: Clinton more ready for WH than husband or Obama was
Updated On: Sep 22 2013 09:28:45 AM CDT
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi continued to offer effusive praise for Hillary Clinton, saying the former secretary of state would be one of the best-prepared incoming presidents if she decided to run in 2016.
"If she does, she will win and when she becomes president, she'll be one of the best-equipped, best-prepared people to enter the White House in a very long time," Pelosi said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
Noting Clinton's experience as secretary of state, as a U.S. senator from New York and as a first lady, Pelosi said Clinton would be "more prepared than President (Barack) Obama; certainly more prepared than President (George W.) Bush; certainly more prepared than President (Bill) Clinton I might admit."
Asked by CNN's chief political correspondent Candy Crowley if Clinton would be more prepared than Vice President Joe Biden, Pelosi said Biden is also "very prepared."
"And I think President (George) Bush Sr. was prepared. He was - had been a vice president," she said. "But I'm talking about recent memory of presidents that we have had."
Like Clinton, Biden has not ruled out another presidential run. His trips to Iowa and South Carolina in the last week added fire to the speculation.
But would Pelosi prefer Clinton or Biden?
"You know what, when they just announce that they're running, I'll let you know," she said.
"I always have had a habit of saying when you're serious about running, I'll be serious about it," she added. "But I think it would be magnificent for America to have a woman president. I think it would be just wonderful."
A poll released by CNN/ORC International released last week indicated Clinton would have 65 percent support among Democrats, with Biden a distant second at 10 percent, in a potential Democratic primary.
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