Daily US Times: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that she will seek to stay on as head of the U.S. House of Representatives if her fellow Democrats keep their majority in the general election, cementing her hold on the party as it seeks to regain control of the White House and the Senate.
In an interview with CNN, she was asked if she planned to run for another term as House speaker if her party maintains control, she replied: “Yes, I am.”
The 80-year-old Pelosi again took the mantle of House speaker after Democrats won the lower chamber of Congress in 2018, two years into President Donald Trump’s term. She previously hold the post of speaker from 2007 to 2011.
While a small and vocal group of Democrats had urged a change in leadership so that the path for a younger generation of party leaders to get chance for leadership, Pelosi has proven herself a tough counterweight to President Trump and presided over his impeachment even as she has become a political bunching bag for Republicans.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, U.S. Representative and a member of the party’s more liberal wing, had pushed for fresh leadership before Democrats coalesced around Pelosi.
Asked if she would support Nancy Pelosi for speaker again, Ocasio-Cortez said she was focused on growing the Democratic party’s House majority, particularly with more progressive Democrats.
In a separate interview with CNN, she said: “If Speaker Pelosi is that most progressive candidate, then I will be supporting her.”
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