Nancy Pelosi: "I Pray That Hillary Clinton Decides To Run For President"

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"I just like to say a word about Hillary Clinton," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Thursday in Little Rock, Arkansas.

"I pray that Hillary Clinton decides to run for president of the United States," Pelosi said to loud applause. "Let's set aside the fact that she is a woman. As a person, she will be the most qualified person to enter the White House in modern history."

"She participated in history as first lady, an active first lady -- saw first hand the challenges, the urgency, the weight of the world on the shoulder of the president," Pelosi said during a Clinton School of Public Service lecture at the Robinson Center in Little Rock.

"As a Senator, as a member of the Armed Services Committee -- all of her work there representing in her own right, the people of her state," Pelosi said as she continued her fawning praise of Clinton. "And a Secretary of State, just with such dignity and making us all proud representing our country, our values, our strength throughout the world. In a way that I don't think anybody can do because nobody has been first lady and Senator and ow Secretary of State."

"Putting everything aside that she is a woman, she'd be the best qualified person that we've seen," Pelosi observed. "With all due respect to President Clinton, when he went in, President Obama, and President Bush, and everybody else."

"Now, that she happens to be a woman, that is a spectacular thing. That is a spectacular thing, but it is in no way [an excuse to say] she should be because she is a woman and she's qualified enough. No, she is the best qualified and she happens to be a woman," Pelosi said.

(video via Arkansas Online)

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