Pelosi says ‘I will always have influence’ as House control looms

WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday it was too early to say whether she would seek to retain her leadership position, with control of the chamber still uncertain after Tuesday’s election, adding that she has no plans to disappear. a way.

In a pair of TV interviews, the top Democrat in the US House of Representatives said her party would have a “much brighter” future in the next Congress, given Republicans’ dimmer-than-expected election results. Pelosi said she is focused on her party’s future, not her own, ahead of the House Democrats’ leadership vote on Nov. 30.

“There are all kinds of ways to exert influence. The speaker has awesome power, but I will always have influence,” she told State of the Union. CNN.

Democrats secured control of the US Senate after Tuesday’s midterm elections, handing President Joe Biden a victory. Control of the House remains to be seen as both sides have yet to secure the necessary 218 seats while ballots continue to be counted.

“It’s very close,” Pelosi said in a separate interview on ABC News’ “This Week” show. “We didn’t give up.”

“They haven’t won yet,” she added on CNN.

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Pelosi, who as president is second in line to the presidency, won her 19th term on Tuesday with more than 83% of the vote.

Asked how the recent attack on her husband will impact any decisions about her future, Pelosi said she has no plans to leave Congress and plans to move her party forward. She also offered support for another term for Biden if he seeks re-election.

“My decision then will be rooted in the wishes of my family and the wishes of my caucus. But none of that will really be considered until we see the outcome of it all,” she told CNN.

Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader, said he plans to pursue the presidency if his party wins control of the next Congress, which meets in January.

Biden said he spoke to McCarthy but is hopeful the Democrats will prevail.

It could take several days or more before the outcome of enough House races is known to determine which party will control the 435-seat chamber. On Saturday evening, the Republicans had won 211 seats, including 218 needed for a majority, ahead of the Democrats with 205.

Reporting by Susan Heavey Editing by Bill Berkrot

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