Pelosi: Wouldn’t it be nice if Romney were president?

Pelosi: Wouldn’t it be nice if Romney were president?
© Greg Nash

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) quipped Wednesday that it would be nice if Mitt Romney was president.

"Wouldn’t be nice if he were president of the United States?” she asked during a Los Angeles Times event, according to the Boston Globe.

In 2015, Pelosi said she hoped Romney would be the GOP's presidential nominee because she didn't think he had any chance of defeating Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation MORE.


During a 2015 interview with The Hill, Pelosi was asked if she thought Romney had any shot at defeating Clinton in 2016.

“No, no. I mean, he might be a nice person — no offense, no offense — [but] let’s save you time,” she said.

“Let me put it this way — I hope he’s their nominee,” Pelosi said.

Romney ran and lost in the 2008 Republican primary before winning the party's nomination in 2012. President Obama defeated him in the presidential election that year.

Pelosi has been a frequent critic of President Trump since his election, often blasting the president's policy proposals.

This past weekend, Pelosi said Trump doesn't understand how much weight his words carry.

"I'm not sure the president has understood that a president's words weigh a ton and you can't say things casually," Pelosi said on "The Axe Files" podcast with former Obama strategist David Axelrod, amid growing concern over heightened tension between the U.S. and several countries.

She said Trump's hard-hitting rhetoric and fiery remarks go much further than "raising eyebrows," as they make U.S. allies nervous about the possibility of a military conflict.

"There could be a serious military initiation of serious military action, which would be most unfortunate," she added.