AOC refuses to commit to supporting Pelosi for House speaker: Reports

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has refused to say definitely whether she will vote in favor of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) continuing as House speaker should the Democrats keep control of the House of Representatives after November’s elections, Fox News reports.

Ocasio-Cortez suggested Sunday that she’d back Pelosi only if she is “the most progressive candidate” for the role. The remarks from the congresswoman, known by fans as simply “AOC,” came just hours after Pelosi first indicated that she would seek the speakership again, if Democrats maintain control of the lower chamber and she wins re-election on Nov. 3.

“That most progressive candidate”

Ocasio-Cortez, for her part, discussed the matter on Sunday during an appearance with host Jake Tapper on CNN.

“If Speaker Pelosi runs again, as she just indicated she will, if the Democrats keep the House, will you support her?” Tapper asked, according to Fox.

“I want to make sure that we win the House,” Ocasio-Cortez, who along with the rest of the House is also up for re-election this year, responded, according to The Washington Times. “I do believe that we will, but it’s critically important that we are supporting Democrats in tight swing races, making sure that not only all of them come back but that we grow our majority.”

The New York representative continued: “I believe that we have to see those races as they come, see what candidates are there. I am committed to making sure that we have the most progressive candidate there. But if Speaker Pelosi is that most progressive candidate, then I will be supporting her.”

Pelosi’s announcement

It was during her own interview with Tapper that Pelosi and revealed she does plan on running for the speaker of the House should Democrats stay in power.

“If Democrats keep the House, are you going to run for another term as speaker?” Tapper asked, according to Breitbart. Pelosi replied simply, “Yes, I am.”

At 79, Pelosi has been a member of the House for over 30 years and clearly does not have any plans on retiring any time soon.

Could it happen?

Of course, it’s not incredibly surprising that Ocasio-Cortez is only willing to back Pelosi under certain conditions, as the two have not always seen eye-to-eye over the past couple of years.

In addition to the progressives, there are even some moderate Democrats who are unhappy with Pelosi’s handling of negotiations on the latest coronavirus relief package, as the Wall Street Journal notes.

It seems whether Democrats keep the House or not, Pelosi’s future in leadership is up in the air.

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