Pelosi will not announce decision on future as Democratic leader until all interim results are in

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi protested Sunday during an appearance on TBEN’s “This Week” about whether she plans to fight for her position again if Democrats hold on to the House.

Pelosi’s remarks to anchor George Stephanopoulos come after a stronger-than-expected crackdown by Democrats in the midterm elections, in which they went against historical trends to keep the Senate and still have a way of narrowly saving the House while counting. the votes continue.

“At this point, I will not comment until these elections are over, and we have a little more time to go,” she said of her future role in the House leadership. “I wish it [the counting] was faster. As of Sunday, TBEN News estimates that Democrats will win 206 seats in the House and 211 for Republicans. Eighteen seats are not projected. Democrats should win 12 seats for the majority.

In 2018, in order to win the necessary votes to become a speaker for a second time, Pelosi said she would limit her speakership to two terms, and her second term would end in January. She hasn’t said recently if she’ll keep that promise.

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Looking ahead to 2024, Stephanopoulos asked Pelosi, “Do you think that’s president? [Joe] Biden needs to run again?”

“Yes, I do … He has achieved so much: more than 10 million jobs under his leadership, of course in the private sector. He has done just as many things that are so amazing,” she said, adding: “He put money in people’s pockets, vaccines in their arms, kids back to school, people back to work.”

Heading into Election Day, racing pundits from FiveThirtyEight and elsewhere had predicted that Democrats could hit a “red wave” that would leave a gaping majority for Republicans, given the past mid-term cycles and voters’ sour feelings about the election. Biden White House and inflation.​

Instead, the Democrats in the House and Senate both defended incumbents in tight races and flipped Republicans’ seats, though the GOP could still secure a wafer-thin majority in the next Congress.

Democrats’ overachievement, Pelosi said on “This Week,” was fueled by ignoring conventional wisdom and following a playbook that focused on protecting access to abortion and democracy, while focusing at the kitchen table on lowering prices.

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“We never accepted that the experts in Washington said we couldn’t win because history, history, history. Elections are about the future,” she said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at a press conference with the Croatian Parliament Speaker in Zagreb, Croatia, on October 24, 2022.

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“I am very proud of our candidates. … They had courage, they had a purpose and they understood their neighbourhood,” she continued.

Still, Pelosi said she was “disappointed” with the election results in New York, where Republicans turned up four seats in the House after an aggressive Democratic gerrymander was thrown into court. Congress. Stephanopoulos asked Pelosi how she sees Republican leader Kevin McCarthy ruling his caucus, as a speaker, if he has a slim majority.

Pelosi noted that Democrats currently maintain a similar margin and have managed to pass legislation.

“It depends on their purpose. In our house we had songs like that. But we were united,” she said.

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She said it would be “very important” during the slack session of Congress, before the new class of lawmakers is sworn in in January, to extend the country’s debt limit to avoid financial clashes, as under President Barack Obama, when Republican lawmakers wanted to cut federal spending to raise the cap.

“Madam President, if you decide to resign from Congress, how would you like your speaking engagements to be remembered?” asked Stephanopoulos.

“Well, I have no plans to leave Congress. You asked me if I was running for leadership,” Pelosi said.

As for her legacy, she pointed to the passage of the Affordable Care Act: “When we had the opportunity to expand health care for all Americans, that has to be my most important achievement. I’m very proud of that.”

Meanwhile, as former President Donald Trump prepares for a comeback, Pelosi said his candidacy would be “bad news for the country.”

“This is a person who has undermined the integrity of our elections, who has not kept his oath of office, who has encouraged people, strange kinds of people, to run for office who do not share the values ​​of our democracy,” she said. “So he hasn’t been a force for good.”