Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, revealed on Tuesday that she will compete for re-election in California’s 12th Congressional District in autumn.
In a video posted to her social media, the 81-year-old politician made her statement while propped up in front of a faux San Francisco backdrop.
“Hello, it’s Nancy. Thank you for the opportunity to share some thoughts with you, our VIPs, our Volunteers in Politics, in our ongoing engagement for the people. Thank you for being a constant source of new, fresh ideas and political activism to help Democrats deliver and defend democracy. Thank you for giving me the privilege to represent our city and our San Francisco values in the Congress,” Pelosi said.
“Human rights, reproductive justice, LGBTQ equality, respect for immigrants, and care for each other. When people ask me what are the three most important issues facing Congress, I always say the same thing: Our children. Our children. Our children. Their health, their education, the housing and economic security of their families, a clean, safe environment in which they can thrive, and the world at peace and where they are all welcome and in which they can reach their fulfillment,” Pelosi said.
Despite the fact that Democrats have the White House and both chambers of Congress, Pelosi declared that “democracy is at risk.”
“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. This election is crucial. Nothing less is at stake than our democracy. But as we say: We don’t agonize, we organize. And that is why I am running for reelection to Congress and respectfully seek your support. I’d be greatly honored by it and grateful for it. Thank you so much,” she said.
Susan Page, the Washington bureau chief for USA Today, pointed up an important feature in Pelosi’s video.
“Pelosi faced an approaching deadline–filing for the CA primaries is from 2/14 to 3/11. Her announcement she’s running again keeps her from being a lame duck and helps protect her fundraising prowess. But note that she doesn’t promise to serve another full term,” Page wrote.
Pelosi declared her re-election bid so she could continue to gather money for herself and the Democrats, according to Page.
Pelosi, on the other hand, did not appear to declare in her video that if she is re-elected in November, she will serve another term.
Filing for re-election and serving another term in office are two different things.
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