Feinstein encourages Hillary Clinton to run for US president
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - One of the most prominent women in the Democratic Party on Sunday encouraged outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to mount a White House run in 2016 to try to become the first woman president.
"I am a fan," California Senator Dianne Feinstein said on CNN's State Of The Union programme. "I would love it if she would run."
Ms Feinstein was asked whether President Barack Obama's decision to have a joint interview on the CBS show 60 Minutes - airing on Sunday - indicated the president's preference for his successor.
"Well, I'm not as concerned with that as I am with what Secretary Clinton is thinking about 2016," Ms Feinstein said. "I think she's accomplished an incredible record. I think she has really unbridled popularity. She has a total knowledge of all of the issues. She has served in the Senate. She has been first lady."