4:13 pm Dec. 18, 2012
Nancy Pelosi, who became the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House in 2007, added her name to the draft movement for Hillary Clinton in 2016, in an appearance on MSNBC this afternoon.
"Yes, wouldn't that be exciting?" she asked, after Andrea Mitchell raised the possibility of a Clinton candidacy.
"I hope she goes," Pelosi continued. "Why wouldn't she? She could be president of the United States and she would be great."
Pelosi made a case that others have made too, that Clinton's breadth of experience makes her uniquely qualified for the Oval Office, and Pelosi stopped just short of comparing her to the Founding Fathers.
"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," she said. "I won't include Washington, Jefferson, Adams or something."
"But right up there?" Mitchell asked.
"Maybe, maybe, she'd be great," Pelosi added.
Clinton dominates in super-early polls, with particularly strong support among women.
She has indicated that she's not running, but that, too, is too early to mean much of anything.