Pelosi wants Hillary Clinton to run in '16

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said this week she'd like to see Secretary of State Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016.

The California Democrat told PBS's Charlie Rose she has "no knowledge" of Clinton's intentions, but also left no mystery about her wishes to see Clinton on the presidential ballot four years from now.

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"That would be so exciting," Pelosi told Rose in an interview that aired Monday night. "Isn't she a magnificent secretary of State?"

Clinton, for her part, hasn't completely ruled out the possibility of another White House run, but has said repeatedly that it's an unlikely scenario.

The secretary of State, who has said she will not stay on if President Obama wins a second term, told NBC's Andrea Mitchell on Monday that she wants to spend more time with family, friends and "the stuff that makes life worth living." 


"It's very flattering, but, you know, I'm not at all planning to do that [run for president]," said Clinton, who will be 69 when the 2016 elections roll around. "I have no, you know, desire or intention."

Although seven months remain before the 2012 elections — and the Republicans have yet to decide their nominee — some Washington prognosticators are already leap-frogging ahead with speculation about the 2016 race. Clinton's name is almost always tossed around in those discussions, as is that of Vice President Biden, who will turn 73 in 2016.

Pelosi this week said that, even if Clinton were to throw her star into the race, it's far too early to predict if she would be the "instant front-runner" for the Democrats, in the words of Rose.

"You're talking about 100 years from now," Pelosi said. "We can't even predict who is going to win [this] election."