House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is sounding very optimistic about the upcoming elections - in 2016.
In a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Pelosi guaranteed that “there will be a Democratic President and a Democratic Congress.”
That was a reference - not to the looming 2014 midterms that could expand the GOP's majority in the House - but to 2016.
When asked by NBC News if that bullish talk means she will stay on as a Leader within her party, she said, “I’m staying on for two more years, I’m running for reelection.”
Pressed if that meant beyond 2016 she laughed, “I have to ask my husband.”
There’s been much speculation about Pelosi’s future within the House Democratic Caucus. Most election analysts agree that Democrats won't regain control of the House in 2014, which has led to questions about whether Pelosi would want to stay on to lead the minority party for two more years.
It seems that her optimism about the party’s prospects in 2016 has made her reluctant to retire.
One Democratic operative speculated to NBC News that if Hillary Clinton won the presidency and Democrats took control of the House, Pelosi -- the first woman Speaker in United States history -- would very much want to be Speaker next to the first female president.
When asked about Pelosi’s prediction, a GOP political operative told NBC News, “people say a lot of crazy things.”