Pelosi Guarantees Victory in Midterms: 'We Will Win. I Will Run for Speaker'

She doesn't say what she would do if the party stays in the minority

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May 1, 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said in a new interview that she is "very confident" her party will take back a majority in the House of Representatives and she isn't even considering the possibility of not running for speaker.

In an interview with the Boston Globe released Tuesday, Pelosi guaranteed Democrats will take back the House in the 2018 midterm elections and that she would seek the speakership again.

"We will win. I will run for speaker," Pelosi said. "I feel very confident about [it]."

Pelosi was pushed on the possibility of remaining in the minority, and she said she had "made a decision" to win.

"No, no, no, I can’t even think about that," Pelosi said. "We have made a decision to win ... We are going to win."

On the possibility of remaining in the minority, Pelosi would only say, "if we don’t win, you cross that bridge when you come to it."

"I think the ultimate sign of my confidence is: We’re going to win!" she said. "I couldn’t even consider the other."

Pelosi has been under fire in the past by members of her own party for not being able to take back control of the House since Republicans won in a massive wave in 2010. Prior to that, Pelosi was speaker of the House for four years after Democrats won the majority in 2006.

Democratic critics of Pelosi have said she is out of touch with many Americans and that her leadership is "toxic" for the party's image.

Pelosi has pushed back at those criticisms by calling herself a "master legislator," and she is currently touting her "Better Deal" economic plan. She has also stuck with her criticism of Republicans' tax reform law, which she calls a "scam."