By Bethany Blankley (The Center Square)
The Speaker of the American House, Nancy Pelosi, D-California, was adamant about being elected to office next year when he was asked about it on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
“Oh, do you think I’m going to make an announcement here and now?” his tell Jake Tapper of CNN.
When Pelosi was asked again during the interview, Pelosi, whose district covers most of San Francisco, said, “Why should I tell you now? I would probably have that conversation with my family first, if you do not mind. ”
In 2018, Pelosi told House Democrats she would serve only two terms as House Speaker, reaffirming her promise in November last year when the issue of term restrictions came up after 10 Democrats voted against her.
“Before the 116th Congress, Pelosi entered into an agreement with a handful of members who threatened to vote against her for speaker on the floor,” Roll Call reported last year. “To win their support, the California Democrat has agreed to allow the caucus to vote on proposed term limits for the top three Democratic leaders and to stick to the proposal itself, regardless of whether it is passed.”
Pelosi was elected speaker for the fourth time this year, after being elected in the 110th, 111th, 116th and 117th sessions of Congress.
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In June, Pelosi attempted to dispel rumors that she was planning to retire.
In response to MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski asking her how she felt about the word “retirement”, the 81-year-old replied: “What is it?”
“People make their own decisions about timing” and “do not have to meet someone else’s view,” she added.
If she were to retire, she would join three top Democrats who announced their retirement this month: Reps. David Price of North Carolina, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee; Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee chairman; and House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth of Kentucky.
Price, who is also 81, has been representing his district for 30 years.
Pelosi, who was first elected in 1987, also served as a Democratic Whip and was the first woman to be elected Democratic Minority Leader in 2002. In 2007, she was the first woman to be elected Speaker of the House in the history of Congress.
Syndicated with permission from The Center Square.