House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in an interview Thursday that she hopes former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will run for the White House in 2016, saying the Democratic party was coalescing behind the former first lady.

“I’m not making endorsements right now, because I don’t think that’s appropriate,” Pelosi told USA Today. “But I am gauging, I’m gauging. I’m encouraging people to think about it, so in case she asks us, we have something to say to her.”

The former Speaker of the House added that “there’s a great deal of excitement about the prospect that she would run” and that she thought were Clinton to enter the race, she would prevail.

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