12/16/2013 12:45 pm ET

Dianne Feinstein Says She Believes In Hillary Clinton 'Now More Than Ever'

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she believes in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's ability to lead "now more than ever."

In an op-ed published in the Santa Clara Valley News on Monday, Feinstein called Clinton a "patriot who loves her country completely."

"Her deep commitment to public service and progressive causes runs through her veins," Feinstein said.

"I was an early and enthusiastic supporter during Hillary’s run for the White House in 2008," Feinstein continued. "I believed she would be a spectacular leader and a transformative president for our country. I still believe that. Now more than ever."

In January, Feinstein urged Clinton to run for president, saying she "would love it if she would run."

Feinstein isn't the only senator to rave about Clinton ahead of 2016, despite the fact that the former senator has yet to announce any campaign plans. In November, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) endorsed Clinton, saying her "experience is unrivaled and her vision is unparalleled."

Read Feinstein's full op-ed here.

(h/t Politico)



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