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Women demand female '16 presidential nominee

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

Several prominent Democratic women lawmakers and the nation's leading group responsible for helping elect the largest group of women ever to Washington are demanding that the party nominate a female in the 2016 presidential election.

"We are ready," said Emily's List President Stephanie Schriock, "to put a Democratic woman in the Oval Office, and that starts with putting a woman on the Democratic ticket in 2016."

Her call at a huge Sunday Inaugural brunch held to herald women who received Emily's List support and money was echoed by several lawmakers including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and several female Democratic senators.

In 2012, the pro-choice Democratic Emily's List raised a record $52 million, helping to elect some of the record 78 women in the House and 20 in the Senate.

At the event, a reference to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received the loudest applause. But several other women are being mentioned ast 2016 presidential candidates: New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and rookie Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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