Fri. Nov 25th, 2022

With control of the House of Representatives still hanging in the balance, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was tight-lipped on Sunday about her future plans, but said her colleagues in Congress are urging her to seek another term as Democratic leader after strong results in the midterm elections. .

Appearing on Sunday’s news, Pelosi said Democrats are “still alive” in their battle to win the House and that she will make a decision on whether to run for the House leadership in the next few weeks.

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“People are campaigning and that’s a beautiful thing. And I’m not asking anyone for anything,” she said, referring to the election for the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives scheduled for November 30. “My members are asking me to think about it. But, again, let’s just get through the (midterm) elections.”

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“There’s a lot of business at stake, because we’re going to be in the presidential election,” Pelosi said.

Over the weekend, Democrats took control of the Senate after Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto won in Nevada. But in the House of Representatives, the majority remains tied as no party has yet reached the 218 seats needed to control the 435-member chamber. On Sunday, Republicans held 211 seats compared to 204 for Democrats, with 20 races yet to be called by The Associated Press.

Some races can take days or even weeks to call.

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Pelosi, D-Calif., declined to predict whether her party would retain control of the House, saying she was “disappointed” with four Democratic losses in New York, including for congressional campaign chairman Sean Patrick Maloney, which could ultimately make the difference. .

“Regardless, we still think we have a chance to win this,” she said. “No one would have expected us to be this close. Well, we expected it.”

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On the GOP side, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy is seeking to become speaker of the House if his party prevails, but disappointing midterm results have caused turmoil among leaders and calls for a new direction. Former President Donald Trump’s effect on the 2022 races is also hotly debated as he prepares to announce another race.

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Pelosi said Sunday she believes President Joe Biden should run for a second term, citing his legislative accomplishments such as the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Lower Inflation Act, as well as the millions of jobs created under his watch.

“He’s been a great president and has a great record,” she said.

Pelosi, 82, who has led House Democrats since 2003 and is the first female speaker, reached an agreement with House members to serve two more terms as leader _ or four years _ after Democrats won control of the House. chamber in 2018. But she has not announced her plans, and neither have her two top deputies, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Med., and Whip Jim Clyburn, D-C. There was some pressure from the younger members of the House of Representatives to pass the torch to the new leaders.

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Pelosi’s decision also comes after her husband was attacked late last month at the couple’s home in San Francisco, suffering a fractured skull and other injuries. The intruder, 42-year-old David DePape, asked “Where’s Nancy?” before hitting Paul Pelosi with a gavel. She was in Washington at the time.

Pelosi said Sunday that her husband’s recovery will be “long, but he’s fine,” though the trauma of the attack has been “amplified” by Republicans’ “ridiculous disrespectful attitude.” Top Republicans, including Trump, downplayed the attack and spread misinformation about it.

“It was not just an attack. It was the reaction of the Republicans to it, which was shameful,” she said.

Pelosi said her decision on whether to run again for the House leadership would be “about family” but “also about my colleagues,” citing the need to move forward “in a very unique way” in the new Congress and the 2024 campaign season. She emphasized the possibilities that democrats face.

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“Who would have thought two months ago that this red wave would turn into a tiny trickle, if at all?” she said. “But we never believed in it. We believed.”

“There are all kinds of ways to make an impact,” Pelosi added. “The speaker has incredible power, but I will always have an impact.”

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Pelosi spoke on CNN’s “State of the Union” and ABC’s “This Week.”

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