Current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has refused to reveal whether or not she’ll run for a House leadership position until the ongoing midterm elections are officially over, but has nevertheless vowed that she’ll continue to “exert influence” no matter what.
Speaking on CNN early Sunday morning, she offered her refusal after host Dana Bash tried to blatantly pressure her into maintaining a House leadership role.
“Madam Speaker, you told my colleague Anderson Cooper that your decision about whether to stay in the House leadership will be affected by the attack on your husband, Paul,” Bash said.
“As a human, anybody could understand that comment to mean that you’re a wife who is dealing with trauma in your family after that unbelievable attack. Another way to look at it, as somebody who’s covered you for a long time, is that maybe you’re emboldened and you feel more of a responsibility to stay. Which is it?” she added.
Pelosi replied by stating that the decision will ultimately be based on what her family and colleagues say, but stressing that she won’t be making it until the election has concluded.
“Well, the fact is, any decision to run is about family and also my colleagues. … So, my decision will then be rooted in the wishes of my family and the wishes of my caucus. But none of it will be very much considered until we see what the outcome of all of this is,” she said.
She added that either way, even if she doesn’t maintain a leadership position, she’ll still have an influence on the party.
“But there are all kinds of ways to exert influence. I mean, just — speaker has awesome power, but I will always have influence,” she said.
Seemingly unsatisfied with the current speaker’s answer, Bash then asked whether Pelosi will make her final decision before the month’s up.
“Do you intend to make your decision by the time the leadership elections are scheduled to take place, which is November 30? … You will make a decision before that?”
“Of course,” Pelosi replied, adding that her colleagues have been asking her to run for a leadership role again.
Speaking later Sunday morning on ABC News, Pelosi addressed another topic — that of former President Donald Trump.
This time she was asked whether she’d consider it “good news” if Trump decides to run again. The question was probably based on the belief by leftists that Trump, being as he’s so divisive, would be far easier to beat than someone else like, say, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“I think it’s bad news for the country, let’s put it that way. Because this is a person who has undermined the integrity of our elections, has not honored his oath of office, who has encouraged people, strange kind of people to run for office, who do not share the values of our democracy. They’ve said it very clearly in their statements,” Pelosi replied.
“So he’s not been a force for good. So I don’t think his candidacy is a force for good for our country,” she added.
On whether Donald Trump announcing a 2024 campaign would have a positive impact on Democrats, House Speaker Pelosi tells @gstephanopoulos: “I think it’s bad news for the country, let’s put it that way.” https://t.co/7SYsLD5vxO pic.twitter.com/TYTs70FijO
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) November 13, 2022
She also took a shot at Republicans in general.
“Understand this, we have very vast differences. Republicans do not support science, so they disregard what we’re saying about climate. They don’t support governance, so they don’t want to honor what science tells us in terms of the planet, in terms of – of health care and the rest. So, we have some very big differences,” she said.
It’s true that Republicans don’t support Democrats’ brand of so-called Science™, preferring instead real science, which in many cases tends to contradict the Science™-based diktats pursued by the left.
The current speaker concluded her remarks by voicing her continued support for President Joe Biden.
“I mean President Biden has been a great president for our country. He has accomplished so much. Over 10 million jobs under his leadership. Working with the private sector, of course. He has just done so many things that are so great,” she said.
As of Sunday afternoon, the House still remained unclaimed, though Republicans were up 211 to 204, meaning they needed only seven more wins to secure the lower chamber of Congress.
If Republicans manage to take the House, the most likely speaker will be current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. That said, there’s been some resistance to his potential nomination from the Freedom Caucus.
“I would say maybe not so fast. Maybe we should have a good discussion within the confines of our internal body. I think we have to have a real discussion and see how people respond to the ultimate results of this election and get a feel for his agenda and what he thinks he’s going to accomplish,” caucus chair Andy Biggs said in an interview last week.
“If we’re going to go in for eight months of performance art instead of really getting things done, then we will fail in preparing for a 2024 election where we have to win to get the White House, the Senate and the House back,” he added.
‘Not so fast’: Freedom Caucus chair Andy Biggs slams the breaks on McCarthy appointment to speaker https://t.co/tpoyN9l1Di
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