In an interview published Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) calls Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “our shot” for Democrats in the 2016 presidential election, saying that after Clinton has taken time off to relax and reflect, she’ll find the prospect of national leadership irresistable.
Clinton, 64, has been an odds-on favorite to seek the presidency in a future election ever since she narrowly lost to President Barack Obama in the hotly contested 2008 Democratic Party primaries, but she has consistently denied any presidential ambitions, saying in 2010 that her current job is “my last public position.”
Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell joined in the speculation last August, telling The New York Post, ”It’s going to be Hillary Clinton in 2016,” and adding that all the other Democrats “will be running for vice president.”
At 69, President Ronald Reagan was the oldest person ever elected to the U.S. presidency. He was also the oldest to ever be reelected, at 74. If she did run and win in 2016, Clinton would be several months younger than Reagan was when he took the oath of office.
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