By Justin Sink
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in an interview aired Wednesday that he believed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could "handle things probably even better" than her husband, former President Bill Clinton, if she’s elected to the White House.
"Hillary Clinton may have a bigger fan than Harry Reid; I just don’t know who it would be," Reid told PBS’s “NewsHour.” "I think that what she did as a senator, what she did as secretary of State will go down in history books as a remarkable, remarkable job that she did."
That statement caused anchor Judy Woodruff to ask if he was sure Clinton would do "even better."
"Oh, yeah," Reid responded.
Asked if he would like to see Clinton seek the Democratic nomination in 2016, Reid indicated that he did.
"I don’t know what more I can say than, to be a cheerleader for, than what I’ve already said in this interview," he said.
Clinton has not yet said whether she will run, but early polls show her as the clear favorite on the Democratic side.
According to a poll released by McClatchy-Marist on Wednesday, she is the choice of 63 percent of Democratic primary voters, versus 13 percent for Vice President Biden. No other candidate pulls more than 6 percent of primary voters.
This story was updated at 11:55 a.m.