I have for a long time tried to have a path for other people to take over,” she said. “They have to go out there to get a following. They have to show their legislative chops. There are any number of people who could do that.”
By indicating that it is time for a generational change, Pelosi effectively disqualified her top two colleagues in House Democratic leadership—Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (S.C.), both of whom are in their late 70s—from becoming speaker.