Pelosi's office clarifies her position on speakership
August 30th, 2013
12:16 PM ET
12 months ago

Pelosi's office clarifies her position on speakership

(CNN) – Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's office clarified on Friday her apparent disinterest in returning to her old job as House speaker.

Her spokesman suggested she would be open to resuming the speakership if elected to the position, and said they asked for a correction to the edited version of the interview published in The National Journal on Thursday.

"Do you want to be speaker again?" the edited question read. "No, that's not my thing. I did that," she replied.

Drew Hammill, her communications director, said the full question was "Do you wish for the chance for the speaker position again?"

He said Pelosi "simply meant she doesn't 'wish" to be Speaker as she has already served as Speaker for four years" and further that she has no plans to step down from her seat.

"The rest is up to her colleagues, as the leader has long stated publicly," the statement continued.

It was a job she held from 2007 to 2011 after several years as minority leader. When Republicans regained control of the House, she returned to her role as minority leader, the position she holds now.

She was first elected in 1987 and her name has become a buzzword used by both sides of the aisle. She has fundraised and campaigned on behalf of Democratic candidates, while at the same time Republicans use her as an icon of liberalism.

For a Democrat to take the top job, they would have to pick up 17 seats for the majority. Republicans currently hold a 233-200 advantage in the lower chamber with two vacancies.

Pelosi hasn't been shy of criticizing the House under Republican leadership and repeated that in the interview.

"It's not productive," she said. "It's a waste of the taxpayers' dollar. It's a waste of our time."

– CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Steveo

    Finally SOMETHING in common, who woulda thunk it? I don't want her to be speaker either!

    August 30, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Getoverit

    That's good, Nancy. No one else wants you to be Speaker either.

    August 30, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she doesn't want her old job back."

    I can't blame her, neither would I.

    To be honest, I don't see anyone in the House who can at this point organize our dysfunctional and out of control
    House of Representatives ... created by an out of control GOP/TP party proudly touting its ideological tri-cornered hat mentality ... into anything closely resembling an orderly run we the lobbyists corporation for years to come.

    August 30, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Hammerer

    Not to worry!

    August 30, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Anyone but Boehner!

    August 30, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Nor should she be. She was irresponsible, in the position.

    August 30, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    I don't blame her one bit.

    August 30, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    GOP do not care for the nation. War, war, war.

    August 30, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    You'd have to be a complete glutton for punishment to want to be Speaker of the current House. Who would want to walk a mile in John Boehner's shoes? Certainly, not me.

    August 30, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. Borderless

    I don't think there's any danger of that, Nancy.

    August 30, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. rla

    Guess she figures she did enough damage!

    August 30, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Dennis Freeman

    First, Boehner and Cantor are virtually useless when it comes to leadership. Pelosi knew how to get the votes she needed, when she had them and then act. She wold be crazy to take her old position back. The House has no interest in getting things done except to obstruct everything and conduct meaningless investigations.

    August 30, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Ray E. (Georgia)

    this here gal is not a feller. if she were a feller, she would not be a gal. I REST MA CASE!

    August 30, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    She is not a self made women! I am a self made man! I have a BS and a Masters Degree and I never asked for a handout!

    August 30, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    By far a way better Speaker of the House than Boehner. Look at all the bills she got passed compared to her pathetic successor.

    August 30, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. tom l.

    Like it matters. It's not like a dem will be speaker anyway.

    August 30, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. kirk

    Well, I kinda like the way she looked with that big hammer in her little hand. I'm reminded of the picture my boss showed me of Nancy in her thirties, oh, time can be cruel .kidding!!! Or am I?

    August 30, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. kirk

    A picture with her mouth open was not as enjoyable as I may have thought, words come out you know

    August 30, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair

    Well, that's nice, Broom Hilda. Now why not make everyone happy and go slink off into retirement?

    August 30, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Scott

    I don't see anyone in the House who can organize our dysfunctional and out of control House of Representatives, which is compounded by Democrats who fight any thing that is brought to the floor of the house.

    August 30, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. much thunder..little rain

    she is old , tired ,no new ideas...good idea nancy ..just retire ..

    August 30, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP obstruction and incompetence will keep their own base from voting for their backwards horse and buggy agenda ,they have accomplished nothing for the last five years except to have 40 failed repeal obamaromney care votes. The GOP lies and bs can't change the fact that seniors have saved over 6.3 billion dallars on prescription drug cost. So what's so bad about that GOP idiots?????do you think these GOP seniors are going to vote for you. Answer,No!!!!!

    August 30, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. just saying

    "It's a waste of the taxpayers' dollar. It's a waste of our time."
    --

    so says a democrat who is the biggest expert on wasting tax dollars.

    don't worry nancy, the american people have no intention of ever giving you this opportunity again after your lack of leadership and refusal to deal with the free homes for people who can't afford them program lead to a major recession. you let barney frank go out there and tell people everything was just fine, those nasty republicans just didn't want poor people to own homes. she was a major contributor to the housing debacle of 2008.

    August 30, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. just saying

    Gurgyl
    GOP do not care for the nation. War, war, war.
    --

    so says the clueless left as obama prepares to attack syria unilaterally without congressional or un approval. and in the process will plunge the entire middle east, including iran, into open warfare involving every country. can you say wwiii? yes, this is what happens when you elect a clueless community organizer.

    August 30, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "will plunge the entire middle east, including iran, into open warfare involving every country."

    Survey says: gross hyperbole.

    Yawn.

    August 30, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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