Could another Democrat be considering leaving Congress? During a recent interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to say if she was running for re-election. While unlikely, the possibility of House Speaker Pelosi’s retirement comes as Republicans gear up to win back the House in next year’s midterm elections.
According to The Washington Examiner:
CNN’s Jake Tapper asked the California Democrat about the prospect of running again at the tail end of an interview on State of the Union.
“Why would I tell you that now?” Pelosi said after laughing through Tapper’s first line of inquiries and joking she would have to be on air “many more times” before making such an announcement.
Nancy Pelosi, who is 81, also seemed to temporarily forget President Trump’s name while attempting to laugh off Tapper’s line of questioning.
Pressed further, Pelosi said, “Well, probably I would have that conversation with my family first, if you don’t mind.”
Pelosi represents California’s 12th Congressional District, which comprises a part of San Francisco County. She has served in Congress since 1987. House representatives are elected to two-year terms, and Pelosi is up for reelection in 2022.
Recently, two more House Democrats announced they would not be running for re-election. Their choices prompted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to say he believes other Democrats will also decide not to launch re-election campaigns before midterms.