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 PelosiPelosi uses Trump to her advantage Fake Pelosi video sparks fears for campaigns Trump goes scorched earth against impeachment talk 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 TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address 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 HoyerPelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote House Democrats seek bipartisan working group on net neutrality Steyer plans impeachment push targeting Democrats over recess 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 RyanCNN's O'Rourke town hall finishes behind Fox News, MSNBC GOP faces new challenge in 2020 abortion fight 2020 Democratic presidential candidates rally in support of abortion rights 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.”