Lowey hopes Clinton will be 'the first woman president'

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) says she hopes Hillary Clinton will be the first woman president, but doesn’t yet know if the former secretary of State will definitely run in 2016.

“She’s a talented, committed woman who would make an extraordinary president. I would support her right now, and I do hope she has the opportunity to be the first woman president in the nation,” Lowey said on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

Lowey is Clinton’s congresswoman because her district covers Chappaqua, N.Y., in Westchester County. She said she’s not sure if Clinton has decided to run yet.

“Looks to me like she’s heading in that direction, but I haven’t seen or heard a definite yes right now. I just know that there are a lot of people in this country who are counting on Hillary Clinton to be the first woman president, and I know that she would do an extraordinary job because of her commitment to all of the issues we’re talking about,” Lowey said.  

Clinton is considered the front-runner for the Democratic ticket in the next presidential cycle. The other potential contenders include Vice President Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Ma.) and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, among others. 

“I am cautiously optimistic that she will run, and I know she will become the president if she does,” Lowey added.  

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