By Mike Lillis - 07/19/13 05:19 PM EDT
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) appeared genuine enough this week when he announced he's weighing a bid for the White House in 2016.
But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has her doubts.
"He's a great guy, and I like him personally and the rest, but … " There Pelosi trailed off, sending the not-so-subtle message that she doesn't give him much of a shot.
King, an 11-term lawmaker who formerly headed the House Homeland Security Committee, has been a leading GOP voice on foreign policy and a regular face on the Sunday news shows.
But he's also feuded with fellow Republicans on emergency aid following Hurricane Sandy, and he's broken sharply with the party on gun control. Before this week, he was not mentioned as a presidential contender.
On Thursday, King said his decision would ultimately hinge on which Republicans enter the race. He also suggested he's considering a run simply to amplify his voice on foreign policy issues.
"We'll see where it goes. I'm not ruling anything out," he told The Hill. "What I'm going to try to do is certainly use this as an opportunity to get my views out on national defense and foreign policy. I'm not saying no."
Pelosi, for her part, is declining to weigh in on which Republicans she'd like to see in the race for the White House.
"For us, 2014 is far enough off," she said. "Let's just get through 2013."
Still, Pelosi said earlier in the week that she's rooting for Hillary Clinton to throw her hat in the ring.
"The country is ready for Hillary," Pelosi told NBC's Andrea Mitchell Thursday. "I certainly hope that she will choose to run. I think if she does, she will win."
The Democratic leader is also praising Vice President Biden as a potential contender.
"They're both wonderful," she said Friday. "I'm very proud of every name that has been mentioned on the Democratic side.
"I feel very confident," she added, "that we will have a Democratic victory."