Washington. Democrat Nancy Pelosi vowed on Thursday to retake the speakership of the US House of Representatives even as a string of critics within her party have said they will oppose her bid.
“I intend to win the speakership with Democratic votes. I have overwhelming support in my caucus to be speaker of the House,” Pelosi, a liberal from San Francisco, said at a news conference. “I happen to think that at this point, I’m the best person for that.”
Democrats won control of the House of Representatives in congressional elections on Nov. 6, while Republicans held their majority in the Senate.
Pelosi, who has led Democrats in the House for 16 years, wants to reclaim the top job of speaker she held from 2007 to 2011, when she was the first woman in that post. The House speaker is next in the line of presidential succession after the vice president.
A small but vocal group of Democrats has argued that the 78-year-old Pelosi should step aside and allow change, saying she has not encouraged a younger generation of Democrats to move into leadership positions.
Pelosi is unpopular with many voters and has become a punching bag for Republicans.