Renzi an 'asset' to Democratic Party, says whip Speranza
Florence mayor says ready to lead PD 'if voted'02 September, 11:30
"When it is time for elections, we will hold primaries to choose the candidate for the position," Speranza said in an interview with Italian daily La Repubblica.
Renzi, a rising star on the conservative spectrum of the PD, said on Sunday that he was "considering" vying for the leadership of the party.
"I am available, but I have to be voted in by the constituents," he said at a PD rally in Genova on Sunday.