Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Hillary Clinton would “certainly” be more prepared for the presidency in 2016 than Barack Obama was in 2008, stopping short of endorsing her over vice president Joe Biden.
“With all due respect to our president — I think he’s magnificent and wonderful and a blessing to us — but [Hillary Clinton would be] certainly more prepared than President Obama, certainly more prepared than President Bush, certainly more prepared than President [Bill] Clinton,” Pelosi said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, after host Candy Crowley asked her about the prospects of a Hillary Clinton presidency.
Pelosi said Biden would be qualified as well, having served as a vice president.
“I’m saying the presidents that we’ve had,” she said. “Joe Biden is very prepared. And I think President [George] Bush, Sr. was prepared. He had been a vice president. But I’m talking about recent memory or presidents that we have had. You know, Joe Biden would be very prepared as well. But, you asked me about Hillary Clinton.”
She added she was excited about the prospect of a female president.
“I always have a little habit of saying, ‘When you’re serious about running, I’ll be serious about it,’” Pelosi said. “But I think it would be magnificent for America to have a woman president. And by the way, more importantly, very qualified.”