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Nancy Pelosi says Hillary Clinton better prepared for presidency than Barack Obama was in 2008

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Hillary Clinton is better prepared to occupy the Oval Office than President Obama was when he took office, according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who predicts that Clinton will win the presidency in 2016 if she runs.

"[W]hen she becomes president, she'll be the best equipped, best prepared person to enter the White House in a very long time," Pelosi told CNN's Candy Crowley, citing Clinton's experience as a senator, secretary of State, and first lady.

"Certainly, with all due respect to our president and I think he's magnificent and wonderful and a blessing to us, but certainly, more prepared than President Obama, certainly more prepared than President Bush. Certainly more prepared than President Clinton," she said.

Clinton's credentials didn't carry her to the White House in 2008, though not for lack of trying. "One of the most important duties of the President is ensuring the safety of the American people," retired General Wesley Clark said in her famous "3 a.m. phone call" campaign ad during the 2008 campaign.

"Inevitably, another national security crisis will occur. And when it does, voters shouldn't have to wonder whether their president will be ready. As president, Hillary will be ready to act swiftly and decisively."

Obama's 2008 campaign countered by reminding Democratic primary voters that Clinton had voted in favor of the war in Iraq, which he opposed.

After the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, the Republican National Committee developed — though never released — it's own version of the 3 am phone call commercial, an ad that managed to hit both Clinton and Obama for their handling of the attack.

“The call came ... On September 12, 2012,” the ad, reported by ABC's Jonathan Karl, said. “Security Requests Denied. Four Americans Dead. And an administration whose story is still changing. The call came.”

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