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story.lead_photo.caption House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif speaks during a Clinton School lecture Thursday in Little Rock. - Photo by Gavin Lesnick

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she "prays" Hillary Rodham Clinton will run for president.

Pelosi, D-Calif., speaking in Little Rock about current affairs in American politics, said she had no inside information about whether Clinton will run. But, she said, she considers Clinton the most qualified potential nominee.

"I pray that Hillary Clinton decides to run for president of the United States," Pelosi said, drawing loud applause from the crowd of several hundred at the Robinson Center. "... Nobody has been first lady and senator and now secretary of state. Putting everything aside that she is a woman, she'd be the best qualified person that we've seen [in recent years]."

Pelosi said Clinton getting elected would be "such a lift for our country" and the world.

Pelosi 'prays' Hillary Clinton will run for president

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said during a lecture in Little Rock that she prays Hillary Clinton will make a run for the White House in 2016. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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"Think of the message it sends to women in the world," she said. "The most powerful figure in the world is a woman, and she also happens to be the most qualified for the job."

Pelosi reiterated several times that she has "no knowledge of anything except my prayers" with regard to a potential Clinton run.

"Maybe you'll find out tomorrow at the airport," Pelosi said, referring to a dedication ceremony Bill and Hillary Clinton will attend for the airport in Little Rock named after them. "But I don't think so."

Other questions during the Clinton School of Public Service appearance ranged from Pelosi's view on what needs to happen in Syria to how more women can be encouraged to seek elective office to where she stands on the Keystone pipeline.

On the latter, Dean Skip Rutherford asked her her view in the context of the March 29 oil spill in Mayflower. Pelosi said she wants to wait and see what further environmental studies say about the pipeline, but she has serious questions.

"What is the environmental impact?" she said. "Why are you saying its going to decrease our dependence on foreign oil when none of it is for domestic consumption? And what really is the job situation?"

Pelosi called reports that the pipeline will create tens of thousands of jobs an "exaggeration."

On Syria, Pelosi said it was a "complicated situation" in which sending in American troops or providing air cover aren't really viable options.

But she called the Bashar Assad presidency "brutal in its treatment of its own" and suggested arming its opposition may be the path.

"Now I think we're moving to a place where I think we'll be providing more lethal aid to strengthen the hands of those who would like to see President Assad gone," she said.

For 25 years, Pelosi has represented California’s 12th District, which includes most of San Francisco, in the U.S. House of Representatives. In November 2002, House Democrats elected her as the first woman to lead a major political party in Congress. From 2007-11, Pelosi was speaker of the House.

The lecture ran from noon to 1 p.m. lecture in the Robinson Center’s Barry L. Travis Exhibition Hall.

For more, see Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


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  • PaulRevere
    May 2, 2013 at 8:23 a.m.

    Welcome to Little Rock, Mrs. Pelosi! We don't often get to see a real, self-serving elitist American traitor up close and personal around here so your visit to Little Rock is long overdue. Oh, please don't let the door hit you in your nasty rear-end as you leave.

  • TigerInArk
    May 2, 2013 at 10:42 a.m.

    "But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it," = Yeah, it'd be crazy to know what's actually in the bill before voting on it.

    "Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region, and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process." = So, she was in complete agreement w/ Bush, and the war in Iraq was her fault, too.

  • RaylanGivens
    May 2, 2013 at 10:57 a.m.

    Ice Queen rides in on her broom, and Arkansas is going to see snow tonight. Coincidence? I think not

  • edo1962
    May 2, 2013 at 11:45 a.m.

    Waste of time

    May 2, 2013 at 12:01 p.m.

    Well, she should know about the current political affairs. You know, lies, attacking the Constitution and Bill of Rights, thievery, and most of all, treason.

  • Packman
    May 2, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

    Any chance Pelosi will come out today as a lesbian?

    May 2, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.

    YAWN. Wake me when it's over.

  • Capitalist12
    May 2, 2013 at 1:14 p.m.

    Secretary of State Clinton denied aid to 4 Americans in Benghazi including Ambassador Stevens, lied about it to Congress, then tells them: “But honestly, what difference, at this point, does it make?” She even told CNN that American politics have caused the “..dangerous situation in Afghanistan.” She also said apologizing was “..the right thing to do.”
    This is whom Pelosi prays will run for president? To whom does she pray? The ghost of Stalin? Pelosi should scurry back to USSan Fran and her CPUSA headquarters. I pray there will be a backlash like in 2010, and we will kick the socialists, elitists, and other radicals out.

  • PaulRevere
    May 2, 2013 at 1:49 p.m.

    Mrs. Pelosi. On the offchance you may read these comments while here, get a clue what real America thinks of you.

    She 'prays' Hillary will run for president. I 'pray' that her private jet hits a duck on take-off.

  • lazybar
    May 2, 2013 at 1:49 p.m.

    mrs pelosi if you happen to read this don`t think we are a bunch of weak minded liberal idiots that will allow you to walk all over us like the voting base in your home state.please just go home and take our liberals with you.