House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t say if she intends to keep her leadership post if Democrats maintain control of her chamber in next month’s midterm elections.
She previously promised to step down as speaker at the end of the current Congress, but some fellow lawmakers say she’s likely to switch gears if the House remains in Democrats’ hands.
“I’m not talking about that. I’m here to talk about how we win the election,” Pelosi said when asked about her plans Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”Pressed on the matter, Pelosi insisted, “I’m not here to talk about me.”
Republicans are widely expected to win control of Congress in the upcoming elections.
But some Dems think Pelosi, 82, could remain Speaker if their party manages to hold onto their House majority.
“If she wins, she stays,” retiring Rep. Ron Kind of Wisconsin said earlier this month. “If she doesn’t, I think there will be a serious discussion as far as what succession looks like then.”
In recent months, Democrats have been taking a beating on economic issues in particular.
But Pelosi said Sunday that the pundits have it wrong.
“The fight is not about inflation. It’s about the cost of living,” she said, going on to tout recently passed Democratic policies like reducing prescription drug costs.
The lawmaker seemed to concede her party has a messaging problem.
“When I hear people talk about inflation … we have to change that subject,” she said.
Pelosi repeated her recent talking points on the matter.
“The European Union, the U.K., the British, have higher inflation rates than we do here,” she said.
“The Republicans … have no plan for lowering the cost of living or helping with inflation,” Pelosi added.
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