Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Friday that she is running for reelection to raise money for herself and others in her party.
Pelosi, 83, made the remarks during an interview with Politico after announcing her plans to run for reelection in 2024.
Pelosi says she’s running because she 'needed to be able to still raise significant money' https://t.co/3Lhc9y16rz
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"My focus is the House and presidency; you’re in a stronger position as a candidate," Pelosi told Politico in the interview. "You may not know this, but if you’re not a candidate, you really can’t raise money for yourself. And raising money for myself enables me to spend that on other people."
"For the House Democrats, though, I needed to be able to still raise significant money for them as a candidate," she added.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces she will run for reelection next November https://t.co/cICd5X3Yj6
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“Now more than ever our City needs us to advance San Francisco values and further our recovery," Pelosi posted to X (formerly Twitter) on Friday.
"Our country needs America to show the world that our flag is still there, with liberty and justice for ALL. That is why I am running for reelection — and respectfully ask for your vote. -Nancy," she added.
JUST IN: Rep. Nancy Pelosi announces she will run for reelection in 2024. https://t.co/4YdVJePOKW
— ABC News (@ABC) September 8, 2023
"The decision also comes amid debate about the relatively advanced age of the nation's elected officials," ABC News reported.
"California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, now 90, faced calls to resign earlier this year after a serious case of shingles caused her to be absent from Washington for several months. Feinstein has already announced she will retire at the end of her term in early 2025," it continued.
The age concerns are not limited to Democrats. Some have called for the retirement or resignation of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), 81, after he froze during a press conference last month for the second time in recent weeks.
Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley has called for term limits for Congress, referring to the Senate as a nursing home due to the number of aging senators who continue to serve into their 70s and beyond.
The surprising announcement of Pelosi running again could lead to her 20th term in Congress includes a massive fundraising emphasis in the effort to reelect Biden and put Democrats at an advantage in Congress.