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 November 17, 2022

Joe Biden wants Pelosi to stay even if Republicans win the House

Although President Joe Biden wants the current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to continue, Republicans are poised to take control of the House and install their own Speaker.

According to Fox News, the president called the Speaker to ask her to continue when the midterm election results started to come in.

"I hope you stick," he said to her during the call. "I know it's family first, but I hope you stick."

"The Speaker has not made a decision about her future. As the Speaker just stated yesterday on national TV, she will make a decision once all the votes have been counted," her spokesman Drew Hammill said. "She's not even thinking about her future at this moment."

"The speaker will make an announcement when she makes an announcement," he said. "Until then, let's all enjoy watching Kevin McCarthy lose a speakership his party hasn't even won in the first place."

But even after winning her election, the Speaker has made retirement hints. Before making a decision about her own future, Pelosi is waiting to see if Democrats hold the majority in the House, which is still conceivable but not likely.

The 82-year-old California congresswoman discussed the midterm elections, her career, and the attack on her husband Paul Pelosi with Dana Bash during Sunday's episode of

"My decision will again be rooted in what the wishes of my family and the wishes of my caucus, but none of it will be very much considered until we see what the outcome of all of this is," the Speaker said. "There are all kinds of ways to exert influence," she said. "The Speaker has awesome power. But I will always have influence."

On the ABC Sunday show "This Week," she responded similarly when speaking to anchor George Stephanopoulos.

"Right now I'm not making any comments until this election is finished, and we have a little more time to go," she said. "I wish it was faster."

When she spoke on CNN, she did not say if she thought Democrats would keep the House.

"What we want to do is go forward in a very unified way as we go forward to prepare for the Congress at hand," she said. "And then after some respite, get ready for the next election."

"My purpose in all of this is to first and foremost protect our incumbents," the Speaker said. "And that is what we have done in California and where we have seen opportunity to grow our majority. That has been our priority both in California and elsewhere. We're disappointed as to what happened in New York, because that is a setback in terms of our calculations before, but we'll see, there's so many boats still out."

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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