Pelosi: Questions about future in leadership 'unimportant'

Pelosi: Questions about future in leadership 'unimportant'
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiWho will be the ‘bridge’ for the Democrats? Wife of Papadopoulos interviews with House Intel Dems House backs resolution expressing support for ICE MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday said questions about her future in leadership are “unimportant."

During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace asked Pelosi to estimate the chances of Democrats winning back the lower chamber in 2018 and whether she would run again for Speaker if they did.

“That’s so unimportant. What is important is that we have the lively debate on a better deal,” Pelosi said.

“Better pay. Better jobs and a better future. And that’s what we look forward to having. And we have unity in our party. You saw it with the fight on the Affordable Care Act in the House and in the Senate." 

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Wallace during the interview also asked Pelosi if Democrats need new leaders, noting that the members of her party’s House leadership are all over 75.

“I am a master legislator. I know the budget to the n-th degree. I know the motivation of people,” responded Pelosi, who has faced criticism from some in her party recently.

“I respect the people who are in Congress. I think this is a great moment for those of us who understand what is at stake with the Affordable Care Act.”

“So I feel very confident about the support that I have in my caucus. I have never not been opposed within my caucus,” Pelosi added.

Democrats sought to make several special elections earlier this year a referendum on President Trump's first several months in office, but Republicans managed to hold on to all of the seats vacated by the president's Cabinet nominees.

The losses led some Democrats to say the party needed to think about new leadership, particularly with Republicans seeking to tie Democratic candidates to Pelosi.

— This report was updated on July 31 at 8:33 a.m.