By Mike Lillis - 10/28/13 06:00 AM EDT
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi might endorse Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonBush World goes for Clinton, but will a former president? Poll: Clinton expands lead over Trump The Trail 2016: When a pivot isn’t always a pivot MORE in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.
In her interview with The Hill, the California Democrat left open the possibility of backing the former secretary of State.
Asked if she might endorse a candidate, Pelosi said, “Sure. Sure.”
She noted she has stayed neutral in most presidential primaries. This time, she indicated that could change.
“We’ll see,” Pelosi said.
She added, “Joe Biden is fabulously talented. He, too, would be great. But I think if Hillary goes, I think the general consensus is that she’s the nominee.”
Pelosi has only endorsed two presidential candidates over the last four decades: Jerry Brown, then (and now) the governor of California, in 1976; and Richard Gephardt (Mo.), the former House majority leader, in 2004.
The reason she withheld a formal endorsement in some cases was because of her role as a Democratic official presiding over conventions and other party affairs — positions that would have made it inappropriate, she says, to offer her backing to any one candidate.
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” last month, Pelosi called Clinton more prepared to be commander in chief than Presidents Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton when they were sworn in.
Democrats are hoping to get Clinton’s help as they try to win back the House in 2014.
Earlier this year, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) told The Hill, “I am giving her the time that she has requested to rest, collect her thoughts, recharge her batteries, and then the second — not the minute — the second that she appears to be ready, I will be calling her and asking her for assistance.”