House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is arguably America’s most powerful Democrat. Yet despite her clout, Pelosi has made little effort to help select her party’s presidential nominee.
On Monday, Pelosi appeared at Northeastern University in Boston as part of the annual Women Who Empower summit. But she had little to say when asked for her thoughts about the two major Democratic presidential candidates — former Vice President Joe Biden and self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Pelosi discusses Warren, ignores Gabbard
“I’d just say, just generally, I usually always cast my vote for a woman,” the San Francisco Democrat laughingly added. “I just do.”
She went on to say that with the departure of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) from the race, she now lacked the opportunity to do so. However, that isn’t strictly true, as anti-establishment maverick Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is still continuing her campaign, though she has only garnered two delegates.
“We have in our caucus a range of opinions — many who supported Senator Warren,” Pelosi went on, pointing to a fellow attendee as an example.
“I think every candidate — just about every candidate — had supporters in our caucus, and I’m all for my caucus,” the speaker proclaimed.
Wish for a woman president
This was far from being the first time Pelosi has been asked for her thoughts regarding Warren or the prospect of a female president.
The issue was raised at a press conference in Washington last week, prompting Pelosi to claim, “Every time I get introduced as ‘the most powerful woman of our [country],’ I almost cry, because I’m thinking, ‘I wish that were not true.’”
“I so wish that we had a woman President of the United States. And we came very close to doing that, a woman who was better qualified than so many people who have sought that office and even won it.”
In a curious comment, Pelosi suggested that female candidates might need to begin crafting political strategy as infants if they hope to win the White House.
“I don’t know whether men think about being president from the day they’re born and start running then, but I don’t know that women do that,” she said. “And maybe we should. Somebody should.”