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Chuck Schumer y Nancy Pelosi

 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will step down from the Democratic leadership after Republicans win a majority. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer remains at the helm of the chamber that Democrats still control. Both said President Joe Biden should run for a second term in 2024, after what they described as a "great" first two years in office.


The comments from the Democratic congressional leaders came in their first joint interview with CNN's Jamie Gangel over lunch at Hunan Dynasty, a Chinese restaurant on Capitol Hill in Washington where the two have shared meals for years.

Pelosi said Biden, who at 80 is already the nation's oldest president, has "done an excellent job" in the White House.

“I hope that he does seek re-election. He is a person with a great vision for our country. He has been involved for a long time, so he has a great understanding of the issues and the challenges we face,” he said.

Pelosi also indicated that Biden is “the most empathetic president. It connects with people."


“The vision, the knowledge, the strategic thinking, you have it all here,” he said, pointing to his head. “Empathy is from the heart. And I think he's a great president."

 

Asked if Biden should run again, Schumer said: “Yes. He has done an excellent, excellent job. And if he shows up, I'm going to support him until the end."

The interview took place less than three weeks before Pelosi is set to resign as House speaker after Republicans won a slim majority in the November midterm elections. The California Democrat plans to remain in the House, representing her San Francisco district, but will leave her caucus leadership.

Schumer and Pelosi recalled past battles against Donald Trump in the interview, with both predicting that the former president will lose his third run for the White House.

“The American people have grown wise to him. It took a little bit of time, but they did it," Schumer said.

The New York Democrat said Americans watched as pro-Trump rioters attacked the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, saying voters' understanding of the "danger to democracy" is in part of the cause of the good results of the Democrats in the midterm elections this year.

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“I don't think we should talk about him while we eat,” Pelosi said of Trump.

The Democratic duo's comments come amid the possibility of a Biden-Trump rematch in 2024. Trump has already announced his 2024 candidacy, though he is likely to face a competitive Republican primary. Biden, meanwhile, has not made a formal announcement, but has long maintained that he will seek re-election and said he will officially decide early next year.

A new CNN poll by SSRS found little appetite for a rematch among the 2020 rivals. About six in 10 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they want their party to nominate someone other than Trump in 2024 (62% ), while a similar 59% among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say they would like to see someone other than Biden at the top of their ticket in the next presidential election.

In the interview, Pelosi and Schumer detailed their actions on January 6, 2021, when pro-Trump insurgents attacked the Capitol.

Schumer said he asked acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen to put him on the phone with Trump, but Rosen did not.

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