Pelosi: My following in this country is unsurpassed by anybody

Pelosi: My following in this country is unsurpassed by anybody

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiMulvaney: Military projects impacted by wall funding haven't been decided yet Left-wing Dems in minority with new approach to spending Julian Castro hints at brother Joaquin's Senate run MORE (D-Calif.) hit back on Thursday at speculation that her leadership position was in danger, saying that her following in the U.S. is "unsurpassed by anybody."

“I can take the heat and that’s why I stay in the kitchen,” Pelosi told the Associated Press. “I have a following in the country that’s unsurpassed by anybody, unless they’re running for president.”  

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Pelosi faces unprecedented opposition to her position in Democratic leadership, with Republicans and President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report MORE attempting to position her as a villain and with dozens of Democrats lining up to oppose her quest for Speaker if the party wins back control of the House in this year's midterms. 

Pelosi repeatedly has insisted that she believes Democrats will retake the House and that she intends to be her party’s leader when that happens.

But an NBC News report earlier this month tallied 57 Democratic House candidates — including 11 incumbents — who said they would not support Pelosi's speakership.

Other Democrats have expressed interest in the House’s top job.

House Minority Whip Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerLawmakers contemplate a tough political sell: Raising their pay Chances of passing Dem budget are '50-50,' says chairman Dems unite against Trump's budget  — but challenges coming MORE (D-Md.) is reportedly eyeing the role and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) has said that he will run for the speakership if Pelosi fails to garner necessary support.

Some younger lawmakers have mused whether the party would do well to seek fresh leadership. Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanHillicon Valley: Google takes heat at privacy hearing | 2020 Dems to debate 'monopoly power' | GOP rips net neutrality bill | Warren throws down gauntlet over big tech | New scrutiny for Trump over AT&T merger 2020 Dem candidates to hold debate on 'monopoly power' Tim Ryan ‘seriously considering’ 2020 bid MORE (D-Ohio), 45, who challenged Pelosi in 2016, has not ruled out another run, the AP reported.

Still, Pelosi appears undaunted, according to AP. 

“It’s immodest of me to say, but I say to women now, ‘Just go for it.’ Tell them why you think you’re the best person to do this job,” she told the news outlet. “I want to be an example to them, just to say, ‘Don’t run away from a fight.’ If you think you’re the one that should be there, you make the fight.”