House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) doesn’t seem too worried about the prospect that someone else could be elected Speaker when Democrats take control of the House in January.
Pelosi brushed through a number of questions at her Thursday press conference on the topic and dismissed any concerns that she might not take back the gavel.
Asked if she would have the necessary votes if the election were held today, she simply replied: “Yes.”
Pelosi said that she was more concerned at the moment with policy issues in Congress today as opposed to party politics that would come into play at a later date:
“Listen, this is what we have. We have a farm bill that we have to deal with. We have Me Too legislation that we’re trying to get passed, an omnibus bill so that we don’t have any question about shutting down government, there are issues that relate to the veterans affairs and lawsuits that are happening there. We have the Mueller language that we want.”
“I have a day job here that is different than just what’s happening on the political side,” she said.
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NEW: "Yes," Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says when asked if she has votes today to be elected speaker of the House.
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Pelosi also added that it didn’t bother her if other Democratic members don’t support her, only that they support a Democratic agenda.
Asked about the growing prospect of Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) running against her for the speakership, Pelosi countered by welcoming challengers.
“I say it to everybody, ‘Come on in, the water’s warm,” she responded with a laugh.
While most opposition to a second stint with Pelosi as the Speaker hasn’t centered around any specific names, Fudge’s name has recently emerged as a potential alternative. Fudge told the Washington Post on Thursday that she was “overwhelmed” with the support she was receiving as a potential candidate.