Pelosi: Hillary Is 'Our Shot' in 2016
Congresswoman also has Obama's back, defends health care reform
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2012 2:31 PM CDT
US President Barack Obama kisses House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, on February 2, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Nancy Pelosi sat down with the San Francisco Chronicle to talk Obamacare, dismiss rumors that she's "done" with politics, and drop a very big quote about Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016: "Why wouldn't she run?" Pelosi said. "She's a magnificent secretary of state. She's our shot" that year. As for her own career, Pelosi dismissed questions about returning as speaker if Democrats regain the House. "All that matters to me is the Democrats win," she said.

She also defended President Obama's flank against former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, who accused the president of having "lost his mojo" as a candidate. "I love Willie, but maybe he hasn't been to any of the public events" Obama has held lately, Pelosi said. Looking over her 25-year-career, she took pride in San Francisco's response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and in her party's key legislative victory, Obamacare. "It's a very big deal," she said, adding that it will create 4 million jobs and reduce the deficit. "It's transformative."

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RinoHunter
Jun 5, 2012 9:31 PM CDT
Don't be so shy Nancy, you know you're the fairest of them all. Reach out and grab that brass ring, you'll be just hitting your prime.
beckjr2000
Jun 4, 2012 2:57 PM CDT
Sorry Hillary! You had a shot until Pelosi gave you the Kiss of Defeat!
OuttaHere
Jun 4, 2012 10:42 AM CDT
By 2016 there will be a crop of younger Democratic newbies to turn heads. Hilary will be passé by that point.