House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declined to directly answer a question about whether she would seek reelection next year as the Democratic Party’s already slim majority is weakening due to more resignations from Democrat lawmakers.
Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Oct. 24, Pelosi just laughed it off after host Jake Tapper asked, “Are you going to run for reelection?”
“Oh, you think I’m going to make an announcement right here and now?” she said, appearing surprised at the question.
“You’re going to run for reelection, though, yes?” Tapper asked again.
“Why would I tell you that now?” Pelosi said. “Probably, I would have that conversation with my family first, if you don’t mind.”
According to The Hill, the 81-year-old Democrat speaker has been mum about her future in Congress and if she would run again for the congressional seat that she has held since 1987.
Pelosi narrowly won reelection as Speaker for the fourth time in January in a 216-209 vote. She has promised this would be her final term.
The future of Democrats’ slim majority in the House of Representatives is in question amid a rising number of Democrat resignations ahead of the 2022 midterms, while the Republicans need a net gain of just five seats to regain control of the chamber.
As TheBL reported, Reps. David Price (D-N.C.) and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) earlier this month declared they would not seek reelection in the 2022 elections after Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) also announced his retirement plan.