Despite the 26 Democrats who have announced their plans to exit the House of Representatives after the current term, Pelosi, who has also been rumored to be retiring, told Punchbowl News that she does not believe the 26 are a big deal and her caucus will remain in the majority past the midterm elections later this year.
An interviewer asked Pelosi, “Doesn’t it mean that members are worried about losing the House?” and she answered, “No, it doesn’t. It means that they are getting on with their lives. And it’s a very personal decision, but we’re OK. We’re good,” Pelosi said. “We are very much confident about the seats of people who are leaving.”
Additionally, Pelosi was asked if the lead-up to this year’s midterms feels the same as 2010 when the Republicans picked up 63 seats and took the majority. She said, “No. Not at all. Not at all. It has nothing to do with that.”
“In fact, I think in 2010, the Republicans may have had more retirements than we have now. I’m not sure about that. We’re good. Everybody understands the challenge that our whole democracy is at stake,” Pelosi added.
But, Punchbowl noted that only 19 House Republicans retired in the 2010 cycle, much fewer than the current election cycle in which Democrats already have 26 leaving the House, with rumors of more to come.
Pelosi tried to explain that Democrats are in “good shape” because Republicans “want to undermine the vote, undermine the integrity of our elections, undermine the sanctity of the vote and that impacts the quality of life for the American people.”
However, Punchbowl also emphasized that Pelosi predicted the Democrats would hold their majority in 2010, which they did not.
Breitbart News has reported that while 26 Democrats have announced they would not seek reelection in the House, only eighteen Democrats have announced actual retirement from the public eye — including three committee chairs and multiple subcommittee chairs. But, eight more Democrats have also announced they would run for a different office, either in a local or state election.
Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter.