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Nancy Pelosi happy with potential 2016 Democratic presidential hopefuls

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to who will run for president in 2016.

While the California Democrat told MSNBC Thursday she hopes former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will run for the White House in three years, she added Friday that Vice President Joe Biden also would make a splendid candidate.

“They’re both wonderful. Aren’t we blessed with such a great supply of riches?” said Pelosi during her weekly briefing with reporters at the Capitol.

“As far as 2016 is concerned, yes, I’ve been proud of every name that has been mentioned on the Democratic side. I think that we’ll have a great field of candidates from whom to choose a president and a vice president. And I feel very confident that we will have a Democratic victory at that time.”

As for who she’d like to see on the Republican ticket in the 2016 presidential race, Pelosi said she’ll reserve comment until after the 2014 mid-term elections.

“Let’s just get through 2013 and do the job for the American people,” she said. ”But I can just image that one day after the 2014 [midterm] elections that this will all take off. Perhaps we’ll talk then.”

When asked to respond to comments by Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., Thursday that he was considering a presidential run, Pelosi half-joked, “Was he serious?”

“He’s a great guy  I mean, I like him personally and the rest,” she said. But 2016 “is a long way off for us.”

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