Pelosi on Hillary: She’s ‘Certainly More Prepared Than President Obama’

By Michael W. Chapman | September 23, 2013 | 5:26pm EDT

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (AP Photo)

( – If Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, “she will win” and she will be the “best prepared” for the job, “certainly more prepared than President Obama,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

In an interview Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, Pelosi was asked whether Clinton, the former Secretary of State, would run in 2016. Pelosi said, “I don’t know. But I know that if she does, she will win. And when she becomes president, she’ll be the best equipped, best prepared people to enter the White House in a very long time. She is, by dint of her experience as a senator, as a Secretary of State, as a first lady herself with participating the way she did.”

“Certainly, with all due respect to our president – and I think he’s magnificent and wonderful and a blessing to us – but [Clinton is] certainly more prepared than President Obama, certainly more prepared than President Bush,” said Pelosi. “Certainly more prepared than President [Bill] Clinton.”

When asked whether Clinton was better prepared to be president than Vice President Joe Biden, Pelosi said, “Well, I’m saying the presidents that we’ve had. Joe Biden is very prepared. And I think President Bush senior was prepared. He had been a vice president. But I’m talking recent memory of presidents that we’ve had. You know, Joe Biden would be very prepared as well. You asked me about Hillary Clinton.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

“But I think it would be magnificent for America to have a woman president,” said Pelosi, “And by the way, incidental – more importantly, very qualified.”

Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State under President Obama from January 2009 to February 2013. Prior to that she was the U.S. senator from New York (2001-2009). She ran for president in 2008 but did not win enough primaries to beat then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for the Democratic nomination.

Pelosi is in her 14th term as a member of Congress. She was Speaker of the House from 2007-2011.

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