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Pelosi commits to running for Speaker if Democrats retain House

Pelosi commits to running for Speaker if Democrats retain House
© Greg Nash

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Reddit traders cause Wall Street havoc | Powell: Inflation fears should not impede more coronavirus aid | NJ lawmakers press for SALT cap repeal in next relief package Pelosi asks Democrats to 'write their stories' of Capitol riot Bringing America back from the brink MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday committed to running for the leadership position again if Democrats retain their House majority in November's election.

CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration Durbin says he won't whip votes for Trump's second impeachment trial MORE asked Pelosi on “State of the Union” if she is “going to run for another term as Speaker” if Democrats keep the House.

“Yes, I am,” Pelosi answered. 

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“But let me also say that we have to win the Senate, so all this discussion of the virus takes us to the importance of this election,” she added. “Vote your health.”

Pelosi emphasized the importance for Democrats to win the Senate by citing Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettBiden begins staffing commission to study Supreme Court reform: report In Biden, the media finally have a religious president to celebrate Rubio reintroduces amendment to block court packing MORE’s likely confirmation to the Supreme Court. Barrett would be President TrumpDonald TrumpFBI says California extremist may have targeted Newsom House Democrat touts resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress Facebook to dial back political content on platform MORE's third nominee to be confirmed to the high court.

“This is a very important election, and this nomination makes the election even more important for people’s health, for clean air, … health of our planet and health of our people,” she said.

Democrats are expected to keep their hold on the House, with RealClearPolitics ranking 215 seats as at least leaning Democratic, 185 as at least leaning Republican and 35 as toss-ups.

In late 2018, Pelosi committed to a self-imposed term limit of a maximum of four years so the next Congress is expected to be her last as the House's top Democrat.