By Jesse Byrnes
Sen. Harry ReidHarry ReidWeek ahead: Court watchers await abortion ruling; Zika fight heads to Senate This week: Zika, Puerto Rico fights loom ahead of recess Hispanic Caucus PAC looks to flex its muscles in 2016 MORE (D-Nev.) says in an interview airing Friday that Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump looks to raise M by end of June Obama to make clean energy pledge with Mexico, Canada: report Anti-Trump leaders sending 'advance team' to Cleveland: report MORE “has a clear field” to the Democratic presidential nomination, but the party lacks an “all-star” challenger like President Obama.
"Right now we have Hillary Clinton. And that's it," Reid says.
"There's not another Barack ObamaBarack ObamaObama lauds abortion decision from Supreme Court Dems celebrate anniversary of gay marriage ruling Cannabis conversation urged at North American Leaders Summit MORE out there. There are no all-stars out there," he says, based on a transcript of the interview set to air Friday on "The Rundown with José Díaz-Balart."
Clinton has big name recognition and is considered the heavy favorite for the nomination, despite a bid from Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSocial Security: focus on solvency first Clinton lauds Warren in first joint appearance Warren knocks Trump as she campaigns with Clinton MORE (I-Vt.) and a likely bid from former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).
Reid recounted in the epilogue to his autobiography, The Good Fight, how in early 2007 he encouraged Obama, then a freshman senator from Illinois, that "if you want to be president, you can be president now."
The Senate minority leader told MSNBC last year he thought it was "an extremely healthy process" for Obama and Clinton to challenge each other for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 campaign.
"Think how wonderful that primary was. Two all-stars. Two people that will be in the political hall of fame no matter what happens in the future, and they were involved in a primary," Reid said in his most recent interview.
Reid says he is "glad" Clinton has a clear field this time around, though.
“I am not a big fan of primaries,” Reid said last month, "I don't think they help, especially when you're someone as noted as Hillary.”
"I love Bernie Sanders," Reid said when asked about his colleague's place in the White House race. "Every place he goes he develops conversation. That doesn't hurt Hillary at all."