Harry Reid: Hillary Clinton Will Be ‘Even Better’ Than Her Husband

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) gushed over Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects during an interview that aired Wednesday, saying that the former secretary of state will “handle things probably even better” than her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Reid made the observation during an interview with Judy Woodruff on NewsHour. From the show’s transcript:

JUDY WOODRUFF: Finally, 2016, forgive me. In 2008, Senator, you were one of the first prominent figure in Washington to come out for then-Sen. Barack Obama for president, choosing him over Hillary Clinton. Of course, we know what happened. Should she run in 2016, and if she did, do you think she would win the election? What do you think her chances are?

HARRY REID: Hillary Clinton may have a bigger fan than Harry Reid; I just don’t know who it would be. I think that what she did as a senator, what she did as secretary of state will go down in history books as a remarkable, remarkable job that she did. I, of course, have such admiration for the president. Remember, the last three or four years he was here we reduced the debt and created 22 million jobs – pretty good deal. And I think that they’re a pretty good team, but she’ll handle things probably even better than he did.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Oh, is that right? Even better?

HARRY REID: Oh, yeah.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Would you like to see her run?

HARRY REID: I don’t know what more I can say than — to be a cheerleader for — than what I’ve already said in this interview.

Correction: This post has been updated to show that Reid said Hillary Clinton will “handle things probably even better” than her husband, former President Bill Clinton, not President Barack Obama as initially written.

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