Pelosi has repeatedly offered that Clinton, who is retiring as secretary of State after the election in November, will not or should not leave politics altogether. Her comments contradict Clinton’s claim that she plans to retire from politics permanently.
In April, Pelosi told PBS's Charlie Rose it would be “so exciting” if Clinton — who lost her bid for the Democratic nomination to then-Sen. Obama (Ill.) in 2008 — ran again in 2016. She again used the word “magnificent” in that interview to describe Clinton’s work in the State Department.
The former first lady has become more popular as secretary of State, with a Bloomberg poll last year naming Clinton as the most popular national political figure by two-thirds of Americans and recent polls placing her favorability in the 60 percent range.
Last year, Clinton told NBC’s “Today” show that the public would have to wait and see if it didn’t believe she plans to get out of politics.
“I'm really old-fashioned, I feel like. I've made my contribution, done the best I can. But now I want to do different things,” she said.