Speaker Pelosi Noncommittal About Running Again

Bethany Blankley (The Center Square).

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was noncommittal about running for office next year when questioned about it on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday.

“Oh, you think I’m going to make an announcement right here and now?” she told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

When asked again during the interview, Pelosi, whose district encompasses most of San Francisco, said, “Why would I tell you that now? Probably, I would have that conversation with my family first, if you don’t mind.”

Pelosi stated to House Democrats in 2018 that she will only be serving two terms as House Speaker. This was a reaffirmation of her promise made last November when term limits were brought up, after 10 Democrats had voted against her.

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“Ahead of the 116th Congress, Pelosi cut a deal with a handful of members threatening to vote against her for speaker on the floor,” Roll Call reported last year. “To win their support, the California Democrat agreed to allow the caucus to vote on proposed term limits for the top three Democratic leaders and to abide by the proposal herself regardless of whether it was adopted.”

Pelosi was elected Speaker for the fourth year in a row after being elected as speaker at the 110th, 112th, 116th and the 117th sessions.

Pelosi attempted in June to deflect rumors about her retirement plans.

In response to MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski asking her how she felt about the word “retirement,” the 81-year-old replied, “What’s that?”

“People make their own decisions about timing” and “don’t have to comply with somebody else’s view,” she added.

If she were to retire, she’d be joining three top Democrats who announced this month that they were retiring: Reps. David Price of North Carolina, a senior member on 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 (also 81) has served his district as a representative for over 30 years.

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Pelosi was the first woman to be elected as Speaker of the House in 1987. She was elected Speaker of the House for the first time in history.

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