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.
"Why wouldn't she run?" Pelosi asked in an interview with The San Francisco Chronicle. "She's a magnificent secretary of state," she said, adding that Clinton is "our shot" for 2016.
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."
Despite insisting that she's preparing to resign from elective politics forever, some outside groups have actually placed advertisements advocating a future Hillary presidency, and Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward even said that she may yet join the 2012 ticket as Obama's vice presidential nominee.
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."
A poll released in May by Gallup seemed to reinforce Rendell's suspicions, placing her overall approval rating with Americans at 66 percent.
"I have absolutely no interest and reason for doing anything other than just dismissing these stories and moving on," Clinton said during a Fox News interview.
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.