House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) declined to comment on how former President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-announced decision about a 2024 presidential run might impact the November midterms for Democrats.
“Do I ever even mention his name? Would I even waste my time talking about him?” she said at her weekly press conference at the U.S. Capital on Thursday, referring to the 45th president as “the former occasional occupant of the White House.”
“I don’t speculate on who’s running in 2024,” said Pelosi, before ultimately noting that a potential second Trump presidential run, which appeared to cause the House speaker some disquiet, was “up to the Republicans to figure out what impact it may have on them.”
“But we do know that if people vote, women vote, women win, and so do their issues. So that’s what we’re, that’s what we’re about,” Pelosi said.
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The news of a possible Trump run in 2024 comes at a time when young Democrat voters are turning against President Joe Biden, declaring they don’t want him to be the Democratic nominee in 2024, according to a New York Times poll.
Four months out from the 2022 midterms, Democrats are facing an uphill battle largely due to the impact of growing inflation and sky-high gas prices on Americans’ wallets.
Pivoting somewhat, Pelosi declared that her party has “no intention” of losing the House or the Senate in November.
“We are mobilized. We are fortified. We have great candidates,” she said.
“Our country is at risk. Our democracy is at risk. But what we are campaigning on are the kitchen table issues that affect America’s working families. So they know the difference between a Democratic and Republican administration,” she added.
During an interview with New York Magazine, Trump teased that he had made a decision on a 2024 presidential run but hadn’t yet chosen the right time to announce it.
“Well, in my own mind, I’ve already made that decision, so nothing factors in anymore. In my own mind, I’ve already made that decision,” he told the outlet.
Trump indicated he was mulling over whether to announce his decision before or after the 2022 midterms.
“I feel very confident that, if I decide to run, I’ll win,” he said.