Hillary Clinton would assume the presidency better qualified than her husband, Barack Obama or George W. Bush, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday.
Pelosi emphasized that she has great respect for Obama, but noted Clinton has been Secretary of State, a U.S. Senator and held other positions. Obama was in his first U. S. Senate term when he was elected president in 2008.
Pelosi doesn't know if Clinton will run. But, the California Democrat said, "when she does she will win. And when she becomes president, she'll be one of the best- equipped, best-prepared people to enter the White House in a very long time.
"She has, by dent of her experience as a senator, as a secretary of state, as a first lady herself, participating in the way she did -- 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"
Would she be more prepared than Vice President Joe Biden?
"Well," said Pelosi, "I'm saying the presidents that we have had. Joe Biden is very prepared, and I think President Bush Sr. was prepared. He had been a vice president. But I'm talking about recent memory of presidents that we have had.
"You know, Joe Biden would be very prepared as well. But you asked me about Hillary Clinton."
Pelosi was asked if she would prefer Clinton over Biden as president.
"I always have a little habit of saying, when you're serious about running, I'll be serious about it. But I think it would be magnificent for America to have a woman president. And by the way, incidental, more importantly, very qualified," she said.