House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday vowed that Democrats will retake control of the House this year, and that she will again run for Speaker.
“We will win. I will run for Speaker. I feel confident about it. And my members do, too,” Pelosi told The Boston Globe during a stop in the city for a Democratic fundraiser.
Pelosi has previously discussed the importance of her role as the only female member of House Democratic leadership.
She reiterated her intention to maintain that role on Tuesday.
“It’s important that it not be five white guys at the table, no offense,” she said.
Democrats have expressed optimism that they will retake control of the House in this November’s midterm elections. The party needs to pick up 25 seats to do so.
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A Real Clear Politics average of generic ballot polls show Democrats with a nearly 7-point advantage over Republicans.
Despite talk of a “blue wave” in the midterms, there has been chatter within the Democratic caucus over whether Pelosi should lead the party moving forward.
Pelosi, who has led House Democrats since 2003, faced a challenge for leadership after the 2016 election, but retained her position despite the bid from Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanMinnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen Congress must fill the leadership void Pelosi pushes to unite party on coronavirus bill despite grumbling from left MORE (D-Ohio).
House Minority Whip Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerOvernight Health Care: US showing signs of retreat in battle against COVID-19 | Regeneron begins clinical trials of potential coronavirus antibody treatment | CMS warns nursing homes against seizing residents’ stimulus checks Hoyer: House will vote soon on bill to improve ObamaCare Hoyer: Infrastructure package to hit floor this month MORE (D-Md.) and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) are considered among the potential challengers in the next cycle.
Crowley has said he won’t challenge Pelosi if she decides to remain in leadership.
Republicans, meanwhile, have renewed their attacks on Pelosi in their election messaging, running ads that seek to tie Democratic candidates to the California liberal.
“In reality, next fall is going to come down to whether or not you want to reinstitute Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House,” John Rogers, the head of the House GOP’s campaign arm, told The Hill last year.
Several House Democratic candidates have vowed that they will not support Pelosi if they are sent to Washington.