Pelosi: 'I usually always cast my vote for a woman'

Pelosi: 'I usually always cast my vote for a woman'
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcCarthy urges Democrats to pull surveillance bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Major space launch today; Trump feuds with Twitter How lawmaker ties helped shape Fed chairman's COVID-19 response MORE (D-Calif.) said Monday that she “usually” casts her votes for female candidates when possible, though she declined to say if she had backed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPress: Susan Rice would be ready to step in as POTUS Pentagon charts its own course on COVID-19, risking Trump's ire Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden MORE (Mass.) in the Democratic presidential primary.

Pelosi was asked during an event at Northeastern University if her reluctance to back the “Medicare for All” proposals advocated by Warren and fellow progressive Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressives raise alarm over letting lobbying groups access PPP funds Loeffler runs ad tying Doug Collins to Pelosi, Sanders, Biden Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel MORE (I-Vt.) is an indication of whom she supports in the Democratic presidential primary.

“That has no reflection on who I would support for president of the United States. I'd just say, just generally, I usually always cast my vote for a woman. I just do,” Pelosi said in response to the question from WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti.


Warren dropped out of the primary field last week following disappointing showings in the Super Tuesday races, including in her home state of Massachusetts.

Six women entered the 2020 Democratic presidential primary: Warren, Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic Biden wins all-mail Kansas primary MORE (Hawaii), author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson touts endorsements for progressive congressional candidates The Hill's 12:30 Report: Warren becomes latest 2020 rival to back Biden The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden looks to stretch lead in Tuesday contests MORE, and Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharOmar condemns use of rubber bullets, tear gas on crowds at George Floyd protest Press: Susan Rice would be ready to step in as POTUS Four Minneapolis officers involved in death of unarmed black man fired MORE (Minn.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Hillicon Valley: Uber to lay off thousands of employees | Facebook content moderation board announces members | Lawmakers introduce bill to cut down online child exploitation Democrats introduce legislation to protect children from online exploitation MORE (N.Y.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCalifornia 25 and COVID-19 Press: Susan Rice would be ready to step in as POTUS Trump retweets personal attacks on Clinton, Pelosi, Abrams MORE (Calif.). Gabbard is the only female candidate still in the race, but her campaign consistently polls in the single digits behind front-runners Joe BidenJoe BidenProsecutor investigating whether Tara Reade gave false testimony as expert witness Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally George Floyd's sister says Minneapolis officers should be charged with murder MORE and Sanders. 

Pelosi said Monday that even female candidates who didn’t succeed, like those who sought the Democratic nomination this year and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNew FBI document confirms the Trump campaign was investigated without justification California 25 and COVID-19 The Memo: Trump tweets cross into new territory MORE in 2016, have built momentum for future women considering running for president.

“All of these women advanced the cause of people seeing women in that context,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi was also asked about how she’d feel if the first woman president of the United States were a Republican.


"That's OK,” Pelosi said.

“We'd like to see a woman president. If it's a Republican, hopefully it'd be somebody who shares our views” on issues relating to women, she added.

On health care, Pelosi maintained that she supports a more incremental approach that builds on the 2010 law instead of eliminating it outright with a proposal like Medicare for All.

She noted that multiple House committees have held hearings on Medicare for All during her time as Speaker in the last year.

“It isn't a question of whether you like Medicare for All or not. It's a question of, do you eliminate the Affordable Care Act in order to have Medicare for All? And we're saying, no, you can't do that. If you want to evolve to that, let's put that on the table,” Pelosi said.