By Justin Sink
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in an interview Thursday that she hopes former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonWATCH LIVE: Sanders speaks at Calif. rally Sunday shows preview: Bernie soldiers on Kaine: Dem discord could start to hurt Clinton soon MORE will run for the White House in 2016, saying the Democratic party was coalescing behind the former first lady.
The former Speaker of the House added that "there's a great deal of excitement about the prospect that she would run" and that she thought were Clinton to enter the race, she would prevail.
"I don't know why she wouldn't run," Pelosi said. "She's prepared. She's well-known. She's highly respected. She knows she could do the job very, very well."
Moreover, Pelosi said, if Clinton were to run, "she would be the best-prepared person to enter the White House in decades."
Pelosi's comments come just days after other prominent Democrats have voiced their desire to see Clinton enter the race. Both Sens. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillParty chairs see reversal of fortune Why Wasserman Schultz must go Sanders aide: Easier for Dems to unify if Wasserman Schultz steps down MORE (D-Mo.) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have said they hope she's entering the race, and a political action committee with the mission of drafting Clinton into the race met with prominent Democratic donors earlier this week in New York City.
Clinton has not yet said if she plans to run, although early polling suggests she would hold a commanding lead over other potential Democratic primary candidates, including Vice President Biden.