Pelosi says 'it's up to the president' to decide to stay in the race

Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi is stopping short of saying President Joe Biden should continue his reelection campaign


Speaker Emerita said Wednesday “it's up to the president to decide” if he should stay in the race despite President insistence he is still running, showing how unsettled the question remains among prominent Democrats and Capitol Hill. “We’re all encouraging him to make that decision because time is running short,” Pelosi said Wednesday on MSNBC. Pelosi has been widely watched for signals of how top Democrats are thinking about Biden’s , and her comments will be viewed as important for the party’s direction as they weigh possible alternatives in the against Republican .

Because of her powerful position as the former House speaker and proximity to Biden as a trusted longtime ally of his generation, Pelosi is seen as one of the few Democratic leaders who could have influence on the president’s thinking. Pressed on whether she personally wants Biden to stay on the top of the ticket as he has , Pelosi said, “I want him to do whatever he decides to do.” The lack of a full endorsement from Pelosi for Biden’s continued campaign is what lawmakers are likely to hear most, suggesting that despite the president's insistence he is not stepping aside, his party still has questions.

Pelosi said Biden “has been a great president” who is beloved and respected by House Democrats. The Californian said she watched as he delivered a forceful speech at the NATO summit on Tuesday, and while foreign leaders are in Washington this week she encouraged Democrats “let’s jus.