Hillary Clinton smiles as she introduces former U.S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss healthcare reform at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York September 24, 2013.
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Chuck Schumer: ‘Run, Hillary, Run!’

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Even though she hasn’t officially jumped in the race, Hillary Clinton has already received a high-profile endorsement.

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York endorsed the former secretary of state for the nation’s highest office on Saturday night in Iowa.

“Run, Hillary, Run,” Schumer said, according to prepared remarks, at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Jefferson Jackson dinner.  “If you run,  you’ll win, and we’ll all win.

Schumer said the former First Lady could “vanquish the Ted Cruz, Tea Party Republicans in 2016 and create a generation of Democrats who will make sure the middle class gets what it needs, our country advances and the torch held by that beautiful lady in New York’s harbor burns more brightly than ever.”

Schumer isn’t the first to give the thumbs up to Clinton. According to several reports, a group of 16 Democratic women in the Senate recently signed a secret letter encouraging her to run.

Failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was asked about a potential Clinton run on Sunday’s Meet The Press. He said that if she won the nomination, her time as secretary of state would come under intense scrutiny – perhaps a reference to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, which left four Americans dead. Republicans have continually tried to blame Clinton for the lack of security. Clinton had told Congress that the security issues did not come to her attention.

Romney noted that anyone “can be beat.” 

Chuck Schumer: 'Run, Hillary, Run!'

Updated