- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Actress Ashley Judd expressed her excitement for a possible Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential run, arguing that the former secretary of state is the most overqualified candidate since America’s Founding Fathers.

“And are there other qualified candidates? Absolutely. I think she might be the most overqualified candidate we’ve had since Thomas Jefferson or George Washington,” said Ms. Judd, who once toyed with a bid against Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

The 46-year-old “Divergent” actress made her comments on Friday’s edition of “Larry King Now,” a web series available on Hulu and broadcast by Ora TV and RT.

“I mean, obviously, I love Hillary Rodham Clinton. I had the opportunity, as I typically do, to attend the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting,” Ms. Judd continued. “It’s heady space, man. That is so fun. I mean, in the hallways, the joy I feel just — you know, running into the great Ruchira Gupta, who’s India’s leading abolitionist; or running into Mikel Vestergaard, who invented the long-lasting, insecticide-impregnated mosquito net.

“And so, seeing [Mrs. Clinton] talk about early childhood vulnerability and brain development — man, that woman is stout! She is stout. So yes, I will be all-in when the time comes,” she said.

When asked by Mr. King whether she’d endorse Mrs. Clinton, Ms. Judd responded, “Of course, I would!”

She cautioned, however, that “it’s not time yet, and there’s a basketball title to be won, and other things to be done before we go cuckoo with another presidential election.”

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