06/27/2013 04:54 pm ET

Nancy Pelosi: Democrats Getting Behind Hillary Clinton

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sounded an enthusiastic note Thursday about a hypothetical run for president by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Asked by USA Today's Susan Page if the Democratic party is coalescing behind Clinton, she responded, "I think so; I think so."

"There's a great deal of excitement about the prospect that she would run," she said. She clarified that she wasn't making an endorsement but added, "But I am gauging, I'm gauging. I'm encouraging people to think about it, so in case she asks us, we have something to say to her."

Pelosi has previously expressed support for the idea of Clinton running for president. She said in May that she is praying for Clinton to run, and in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle last year, she said Clinton was the Democrats' best "shot" for 2016.

Clinton has not announced her plans for 2016, but there is already a super PAC encouraging her to mount a second presidential bid. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) recently announced that the group, called Ready For Hillary, has her support.



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