House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said in a new interview that she is best fit to be the next speaker of the House if Democrats win a majority in the 2018 midterm elections on Tuesday, suggesting that none of her Democratic colleagues should get to serve in the position while she is in Congress.
Pelosi spoke to HuffPost about her 31 years in the House and 17 years in Democratic leadership, highlighting her confidence in the Democrats regaining control of the House.
“I know the territory,” she said. “And I’m really good at what I do.”
Despite Pelosi’s experience, many House Democrats and Democratic congressional candidates have said that they would vote against Pelosi for speaker if their party retakes the chamber. Some have said Pelosi, 78, is too old for the position.
“It is sexist,” Pelosi told HuffPost. “But if there’s misogyny, there’s also a big upside in women. I feel confident about women, and many men, who say ‘My daughter can now do this and that and this because of you.’ I don’t spend too much time thinking about it … What is important to me in all of this is that women just ignore it.”