Pelosi: I'd be a 'transitional figure' if Dems retake House

Pelosi: I'd be a 'transitional figure' if Dems retake House
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House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight On The Money — Senate Democrats lay out their tax plans Democrats haggle as deal comes into focus Dem hopes for infrastructure vote hit brick wall MORE (D-Calif.) said she saw herself as "a transitional figure" if Democrats take control of the House of Representatives after November’s midterm elections. 

Though she expressed confidence she would again become Speaker should Democrats win control of the chamber, she did not give a timeframe for how long she would want to remain in that post, according to an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

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“I see myself as a transitional figure,” said Pelosi. “I have things to do. Books to write, places to go, grandchildren, first and foremost, to love.” 

But she also noted: “Do you think I would make myself a lame duck right here over this double-espresso?” 

Pelosi added she felt it was important to remain in office at least through the remainder of President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE's term.

“I feel a very strong responsibility to stay in this office for at least the next two years while he’s president,” Pelosi said. “And let’s hope it doesn’t go any longer than that for him.” 

Pelosi became the House’s first female Speaker in 2007 but lost the post in 2010 when Republican took the chamber.

She added she would like to hand the Speaker’s gavel off to another woman, but also noted she would not hand-pick her successor. 

“Whoever is next is not up to me,” she said. “If I were saying, ‘I want so-and-so to be my successor,’ that’s not right.”

Pelosi has become a drag for some Democrats running in tight House races as Republicans have sought to tie those candidates with the San Francisco congresswoman.

An NBC News tally in August found that 58 House Democratic candidates and incumbents will not support her as Speaker if Democrats take back the House in November.

Rep. Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnLobbying world Lawmakers pay tribute to Colin Powell Overnight Health Care — Presented by The National Council for Mental Wellbeing — Progressives: Medicare benefit expansions 'not negotiable' MORE (D-S.C.), who is currently the third highest ranking Democrat in the House, and Rep. Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHoyer says deal is imminent, as early as Tuesday Democrats ready to put a wrap on dragged-out talks Pelosi: Democrats within striking distance of deal MORE (D-Md.), currently the House Minority Whip, have both expressed interest in the House’s top job.