Clyburn says decision to stay in leadership is ‘biblical’ for him, despite Pelosi’s call for ‘new generation’

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House Majority Leader Jim Clyburn, D-C., said Sunday that his decision to remain in the Democratic leadership is “biblical” for him, despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plea Pelosi, for a “new generation” to take the helm.

CBS News’ “Face the Nation” anchor Margaret Brennan asked Clyburn why, given Pelosi’s comments, she “thought it was necessary” to stay in power.

“I’ve always said there’s a healthy respect, it’s biblical with me, we have to have a healthy combination of strength and knowledge,” Clyburn responded. “And you look at the leadership — the South is left out of it. And what I’m doing is trying to make sure that we don’t lean too far east or too far west, but that we keep what we have here.”

“There is no other southerner among the management, and we need the south,” he added.

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Representative James E. Clyburn (D-SC) holds a hybrid hearing held by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis at the Rayburn House Office Building on June 14, 2022 in Washington, DC

Representative James E. Clyburn (D-SC) holds a hybrid hearing held by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis at the Rayburn House Office Building on June 14, 2022 in Washington, DC
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Pelosi announced earlier this month that she will not seek re-election as leader of the House Democratic Conference after nearly 20 years at the helm, after Democrats narrowly lost their majority in the chamber during the midterm elections .

U.S. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) speaks during a portrait unveiling ceremony for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in the Cannon House office building on Capitol Hill on September 14, 2022 in Washington, DC

U.S. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) speaks during a portrait unveiling ceremony for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in the Cannon House office building on Capitol Hill on September 14, 2022 in Washington, DC
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“With great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek re-election to the Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” Pelosi said during a Nov. 17 floor address. “For me, the time has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I support so deeply, and I am grateful that so many are ready and willing to take on this incredible responsibility.”

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Pelosi’s most likely successor appears to be House Democratic Conference Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, who already has the support of the Congressional Black Caucus.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delivers a speech to the House of Representatives at the US Capitol building on November 17, 2022 in Washington, DC

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delivers a speech to the House of Representatives at the US Capitol building on November 17, 2022 in Washington, DC
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Clyburn said after Pelosi’s announcement that she will become the House Democratic assistant leader in the new Congress.

“This election cycle, the American people made their voices heard and Democrats exceeded expectations. As we get to work building on our accomplishments, I’m ready to remain at the leadership table as leader Democratic assistant,” Clyburn said in a Nov. 18 statement.

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