House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday she planned to seek the speakership if the Democrats retake the lower chamber of Congress in the November elections.
"We will win," Pelosi, 78, who has been representing California since 1987, told The Boston Globe. "I will run for speaker.
"I feel confident about it," she said. "And my members do, too."
Pelosi, who became the first woman to be elected speaker in 2007, was in Boston for a Democratic fund-raiser hosted by Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark.
She said her presence was even more critical on Capitol Hill since Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election to Republican Donald Trump.
"It’s important that it not be five white guys at the table, no offense," Pelosi told the Globe.
She was referring to the Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
"I have no intention of walking away from that table."
Pelosi's determination to remain in the mix has some Democrats wary and Republicans linking her to fall House candidates.
"She is the most unpopular politician in every single competitive district in the country," Matt Gorman, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, told the Globe.
The committee is featuring Pelosi in nearly a third of their House campaign advertising, according to a USA Today analysis cited in the report.
As for Democrats, candidate Conor Lamb took out an ad during the special House race in Pennsylvania in March boasting he "already said on the front page of the newspaper that I don't support Nancy Pelosi."
Lamb beat Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone by 755 votes.
"There's a strong desire out there in America for new leadership in Washington, not just getting rid of Republicans but getting new leadership in the Democratic Party," Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton told the Globe.
But Pelosi touted her electoral success, pointing to when she led Democrats to take back the House in 2006.
"I know how to win," she told the Globe.
But the party lost the House to Republicans in the tea party wave of 2010.
"This is not 2006," Moulton said. "I fear that a problem we have in our party is we keep looking backwards when we need to look forwards."
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