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
Pelosi: Hillary Is 'Our Shot' in 2016
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)

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." (Read more Nancy Pelosi stories.)

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