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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is refusing to say whether she will run for re-election.
During an interview on CNN, Pelosi was asked by host Jake Tapper whether she would run again for her congressional seat.
“You’re leading the way. Are you going to run for reelection?” Tapper asked.
“You think I’m going to make an announcement here and now?” Pelosi shot back.
“Yeah. Why not? You’re going to run for reelection, though, yes?” Tapper responded.
“Why would I tell you that now?” Pelosi added.
“It’s not just me, it’s the American people, the world,” Tapper said.
“I probably would have that conversation with my family first, if you don’t mind,” Pelosi responded.
Fox News host Maria Bartiromo reported last weekend that Pelosi may be planning to step down.
During a segment on Fox, Bartiromo said that sources had told her that Pelosi is stepping down after Democrats pass Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.
“First, this morning is exclusive, sources tell Sunday Morning Futures there is speculation swirling in Washington that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may step down after getting the massive spending package through,” she said.
“So all those Democrat members who had their arms twisted to vote on the multitrillion-dollar package and put their own reelection in jeopardy may be fuming to learn that the speaker could be planning a cut and run,” she added.
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Back in July, a report from The Atlantic claimed that Pelosi will be stepping down as Speaker “in the not-so-distant future.”
“Sometime in the not-so-distant future, probably after next year’s midterm elections, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will announce that she’s stepping down,” it said.
“Her top deputies… aspire to her job, but they’re also in their early 80s, and most Democrats in and out of Congress are counting on them to step aside too. Of course, they all have stock responses denying that anyone is ever going anywhere,” The Atlantic said. “But the day is coming.”
“Democratic members of Congress won’t talk about any of this publicly, as if Pelosi might suddenly appear and pull their hearts from their chests,” it said.
The Atlantic claimed that New York Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries could be the next House Speaker if Democrats retain control of the U.S. House next year.
“Pretty much every Democrat in Congress and beyond is confident that Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York will be the next speaker of the House if Democrats manage to hold on to their majority next year,” the report added.
Soon after the report came out, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich shredded Pelosi, calling her a “dictator” with “no respect for the rule of law.”
During an interview on “The Cats Roundtable” radio show, Gingrich told host John Catsimatidis that Pelosi is becoming a “dictator.”
“As a former speaker of the House, I think that the U.S. House is very, very, very important,” Gingrich said.
“And watching Pelosi become a dictator, watching her break every single rule, watching her run things entirely on her own, I think, is the most destructive thing I’ve seen done by any American politician in a very, very long time,” he added.
“And I think that we will see for years from now that problem. There’s no respect for the rule of law at the border,” he said.
He added: “There’s no respect for the rule of law when it gets involved in an issue that the left-wing cares about.”
“Although we already have inflation — and we already see gasoline prices going up, food prices going up, housing prices going up, car prices going up — they are going to try to pass these two gigantic bills that we’re going to put even more pressure on the economy,” he said.