Pelosi: 'I Don't Have Any Plans to Step Away From Congress'

Susan Jones | November 14, 2022 | 5:24am EST
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( - "I don't have any plans to step away from Congress," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

Stephanopoulos asked her, "If you do decide to step away from Congress, how do you want your speakership to be remembered?"

"Well, I don't have any plans to step away from Congress. I don't -- you asked me about running for leadership. No, I mean, these votes are very close, though.

"The -- well, my -- my flagship issue has -- from the start of my -- being in Congress has been the climate issue. But in the course of things we -- when we had the opportunity to expand health care for all Americans, that has to be my major accomplishment. I take great pride in that. Great pride in passing it under the leadership of President Obama and working with Harry Reid in the Senate.

"I take great pride in saving it from those who wanted to repeal it. For what reason? I don't know. You'd have to ask them. To remove millions of people from having access to health care.

"That - president -- Martin Luther King said, of all the inequalities -- the inequity in access to health care is the most inhuman, he said, because people can die.

"So I - I thank God for giving me the opportunity to play a role in that. And it's an ongoing role to pass it, to protect it, to expand it. So that would be my -- But I take pride in so much else. But I don't take credit for it.

"My members, the courage of the members, the House Democrats, to vote for this -- it's easy for me, coming from the beautiful place that I do, San Francisco, harder for others. And it's their courage that made so much of this possible.

"So, I'm so glad that we had a great -- we increased -- just dispelled the notion that Democrats could not win. We're coming close. But we're on a path to a brighter future for America. And I'm very proud of our members, our candidates, their courage and their purpose and their success."

Pelosi also told Stephanopoulos she thinks Joe Biden "has been a great president," and he should run for re-election. She said a third presidential run by Donald Trump would be "bad news for the country" because he has "not been a force for good."

She noted the "very vast differences" between Democrats and Republicans, saying "Republicans do not support science, so they disregard what we're saying about climate. They don't support governance, so they don't want to honor what science tells us in terms of the planet, in terms of -- of health care and the rest. So, we have some very big differences."

She said as important as the midterm elections were, "the main event" is the 2024 presidential election. She said it will determine "the direction our country will go in."

Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," Pelosi did not rule out another run for House Speaker, if Democrats retain control of the House.

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