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Pelosi: 'I pray that Hillary Clinton decides to run for president'

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) would be "the most qualified" presidential candidate in modern history if she decides seek the White House in 2016.

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“I pray that Hillary Clinton decides to run for president of the United States,” Pelosi said at a panel discussion in Little Rock, Ark. “Let’s set aside for a moment the fact that she’s a woman. As a person, she would be the most qualified person to enter the White House in modern history.”

Pelosi said as first lady, Clinton “saw first hand the challenges and urgency and weight of the world on the shoulders of the president.” Pelosi also cited Clinton’s time in the Senate and her record as secretary of state as justification for the high praise.

“Nobody has been first lady, senator and now secretary of state,” she said. “So putting everything aside that she is a woman, she’d be the best qualified person we’ve seen — with all due respect to President Clinton when he went in, President Obama and President Bush and everybody else.”

Clinton is seen as the clear favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 if she chooses to run. Clinton retired this year after serving four years in the State Department, and hit the paid speaking circuit earlier this year. 

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