U.S. Congress: Pelosi keeps House Dem leader option open

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With control of the House still in play, Speaker Nancy Pelosi remained mum on her future plans on Sunday but said her congressional colleagues were urging her to seek another term as Democratic leader after a strong showing in the election. mid-term.

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

“People are campaigning and that’s a beautiful thing. And I’m not asking anything of anyone,” she said, referring to the House Democrat leadership election scheduled for Nov. 30. “My members are asking me to consider doing it. But, again, let’s move on to the (midterm) elections. »

“There’s a lot at stake, because we’ll be in a presidential election,” Pelosi said.

Over the weekend, Democrats took control of the Senate following Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s victory in Nevada. But in the House, a majority remains unstable, with neither party yet to reach the 218 seats needed to control the 435-member chamber. On Sunday, Republicans had 212 seats to Democrats’ 204, with 19 races yet to be called by The Associated Press.

Some races can take days or even weeks to call.

Pelosi, D-Calif., declined to predict whether his party would retain control of the House, saying he was “disappointed” by four Democratic defeats in New York, including Congressional campaign chairman Sean Patrick Maloney, which could ultimately make the difference.

“Nevertheless, we still think we have a chance of winning this,” she said. “No one would have ever imagined that we would be so close. Well, we expected it.

On the GOP side, Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy is seeking to become Speaker of the House if his party wins, but the disappointing midterm performance has thrown leadership into turmoil and calls for new leadership . Former President Donald Trump’s effect on the 2022 races is also hotly debated as he prepares to announce another race.

Pelosi said Sunday she believes President Joe Biden should seek a second term, citing his legislative achievements such as the bipartisan Infrastructure Act and the Cut Inflation Act as well as the creation of millions of jobs. under his direction.

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

Pelosi, 82, who has led House Democrats since 2003 and is the first female president, had reached an agreement with House members to serve two more terms as leader – or four years – after Democrats took over the chamber in 2018. But she hasn’t announced her plans, nor her two top aides, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Whip Jim Clyburn, DS.C. There has been pressure from younger members of the House to pass the torch to new leaders.

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

Pelosi said Sunday that her husband’s recovery will be “a long road, but he’s fine,” although the trauma of the attack was “intensified” by Republicans’ “ridiculous and disrespectful attitude.” Top Republicans, including Trump, had downplayed the attack and spread misinformation about it.

“It wasn’t just the attack. It was the Republican reaction to that that was shameful,” she said.

Pelosi said her decision to run again for House leadership would be “family” but “my colleagues’ too,” citing the need to move forward “in a very unified way” as a new Congress approaches. and the 2024 campaign season. She highlighted the opportunities for Democrats.

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

“There are all kinds of ways to exert influence,” Pelosi added. “Speaker has awesome power, but I will always have influence.”

Pelosi talked about CNN’s “State of the Union” and ABC’s “This Week.”

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