House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced that she would run for re-election to Congress in this year’s midterms, though she has previously vowed to step down as the House Democrat leader after the 2022 election.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Jan. 25, Pelosi, who will turn 82 in March, explained that she seeks re-election to defend Democracy.
“While we have made progress much more needs to be done to improve people’s lives. This election is crucial: nothing less is at stake than our Democracy,” Pelosi wrote.
“But we don’t agonize-we organize. I am running for re-election to Congress to deliver For The People and defend Democracy,” she added.
In a video message attached to her tweet, the Californian Democrat called for voters’ support, saying that she “would be greatly honored by it and grateful for it.”
Seeking to extend her more than 30-year run in Congress, Pelosi did not mention in the video if she would run for the House speaker position again.
According to CNN, in 2018, she promised that this term would be her last in the position.
According to Fox News, Pelosi repeated after the 2020 election when asked how long she planned to stay in leadership, that she would leave the House Democrat leadership after the 2022 midterms.
“There was a move to put limits on the leadership and the chairs of committees. They said they were going to do it; they didn’t do it,” Pelosi said at that time. “But what I said then was whether it passes or not, I will abide by those limits. I can’t wait to be working with Joe Biden. … I don’t want to undermine any leverage I may have, but I made the statement.”
But as the midterms have neared, Pelosi announced her candidacy for re-election. It indicates she is not ready to give up fighting for her party’s priorities.
In Tuesday’s video message, Pelosi said, “Our vision for a world at peace requires a strong Democracy at home. We are grateful to our men and women in uniform, veterans, and military famines and honor their sacrifice with our insistence on securing voting rights.”
“Our democracy is at risk because of assaults on the truth … and the state-by-state assault on voting rights,” she added. “This election is crucial. Nothing less is at stake than our Democracy… and that is why I am running for re-election to Congress.”
Her decision comes as Republicans are currently favored to take back the House after a tumultuous year for Democrat President Biden, who is losing approval rating amid a chaotic end to the Afghanistan war, a surge in COVID-19 cases, and a steep rise in inflation, according to Fox News.