House Speaker Nancy Pelosi came with a heavy if/then scenario.
If the Democrats keep the chamber majority after next month’s election, then Pelosi will run for re-election in California and another term as the House of Representatives speaker.
Asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” if she would run again, Pelosi said, “Yes, I am. Let me also say we have to win the Senate.”
Pelosi, who is 80 years old, became the first female Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011 and reassumed the position in 2019 after the Democrats regained control of the Senate in 2018.
“This is a very important election, and this nomination makes the election even more important for people’s health,” Pelosi said on CNN.
Pelosi has not spoken to President Donald Trump since Oct. 19, 2019, when the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into Trump was underway.
Pelosi also told CNN that she remains optimistic on passing a coronavirus stimulus bill before Election Day and that she would not hold out on pushing it forward in hopes of the Democrats gaining control of both chambers.
Pelosi has needed to corral her own party and become the face of Trump’s opposition during her second term as speaker, especially during government shutdown battles and prior and revisited negotiations for financial aid during the coronavirus pandemic.
“People need help right away,” Pelosi said, adding that she believed it was Trump’s wish as well. “What I say to them, though, what we are doing right now is to make the bill bigger, better, and safer for you. And the benefits will be retroactive.”
A return would only solidify her standing as one of the powerful representatives in American history.