When are we going to have a female president, and is it going to be Hillary Clinton in 2016? That’s the question that keeps getting asked this week. In a conversation at the Paley Center on Tuesday with the center’s CEO Pat Mitchell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was grilled on the topic for the second time in three days.
And once again, she flew her Hillary 2016 flag:
“She would be a fabulous president. She’s brilliant, she’s talented…she has all the things. She has vision. She has knowledge and judgment. She’s a strategic thinker, she attracts people to her. And she has stamina, which is an important thing. I always say to her, ‘That stamina, thank god for that!’” She would be absolutely great.”
That’s a lot lot of positive adjectives for one politician in one short paragraph. She added:
“I think it’s really beyond the time when we should have a woman president. I think the public is way ahead of the leaders in Washington D.C. The women in Congress know that’s something that should happen and I think it will happen before not too long.”
But it’s not like other women shouldn’t run — or that Pelosi has had a direct conversation with Clinton about this: “I have no idea what [Clinton’s] plans are but whatever they are, they shouldn’t curtail the aspirations of other women to think along that path as well,” Pelosi added. “Because it would be a great thing for our country and an example to our world and something very wonderful.”
Pelosi first made her support for a Clinton 2016 run known on Sunday night, when she said, “I do think the Secretary should entertain the thought of running in 2016.” New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and a whole slew of other political bigwigs have echoed the support for another Clinton White House run in recent weeks.