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 PelosiDemocrats step up pressure on Biden on student loan forgiveness Climate activists target Manchin Democrats face growing storm over IRS reporting provision 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 WarrenMisguided recusal rules lock valuable leaders out of the Pentagon Biden's soft touch with Manchin, Sinema frustrates Democrats Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves 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 SandersPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan 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.

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

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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 ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle 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.

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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.