US House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi has announced she would be seeking another term in the House – her 19th term, shunning retirement talks.
The 81-year-old Democratic leader cited January 6 Capitol riot and the ‘state-by-state assault on voting rights’ as her reasons for refusing to retire and said ‘nothing less is at stake than our democracy’.
‘While we have made progress, much more needs to be done to improve people’s lives. Our democracy is at risk because of assaults on the truth, the assault on the U.S. Capitol and the state-by-state assault on voting rights,’ Pelosi said in a video message posted on her social media feeds.
‘This election is crucial,’ she continued. ‘But as we say, we don’t agonize, we organize, and that is why I’m running for re-election to Congress and respectfully seek your support,’ Pelosi added.
Pelosi represents San Francisco in California.
Pelosi didn’t pledge in her video that she would serve a full term – nor did she say anything about maintaining her leadership position.
‘When people ask me, “What are the three most important issues facing the Congress?” I always say the same thing: Our children, our children, our children,’ Pelosi also said in the video.
Pelosi said the issue areas facing the nation’s children included healthcare, education, housing, economic security, a clean environment and world peace.
‘That is my why. Why I’m in Congress – for the children,’ she noted. ‘This is my story, this is my song.’
‘As you hear me say, “when you’re in the arena, you have to be able to take a punch or throw a punch” – for the children,’ she added.
Pelosi has held the speaker’s position for two stints during her 35-year career in the House.
She made history as the first female speaker in U.S. history after Democrats won the House in 2006.