Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is likely the only woman who the Democrats could get elected president this year, but there is a deep bench of others poised to run for and possibly win the White House in the future, according to the chair of the Democratic National Committee.

“If she doesn't run,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Clinton, “I think we are within just a couple of cycles for a woman to be elected president of the United States.”

Speaking at a media breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, the Florida lawmaker who has held the top party job for over three years added, “I think we actually have quite a few potential women candidates who could run, probably some in the nearer term, some in the longer term.”

Several names of potential women candidates in 2016 have been mentioned, the most often being Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Progressives and liberals consider her an able rival to Clinton.

But the party establishment has been jumping on board the Clinton express, the latest being Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, a former Democratic Party chairman.

Wasserman Schultz said that the party not only has a number of potential female candidates on deck but is also looking at business executives who might jump in.

“There are many capable, significant executives in this country who aren’t in politics and whose interest isn’t known to us that would be quite capable of mounting a campaign and serving as president and running as Democrats.

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