House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) briefly raised Democrats' hopes in a recent CNN interview, saying that the party needs "new blood" before making it clear that she isn't going anywhere.
In an interview that aired on Monday night with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Pelosi talked about the future of the Democratic Party.
"I do agree, it’s time for new blood and we should move on. And if Hillary Clinton had won, and the Affordable Care Act was protected, I feel very proprietary about that, I was happy to go my way," said Pelosi.
"We didn't know who would come forward but that's up to the caucus, they give me the honor of serving and it's up to them to choose who comes next," Pelosi continued. "But to have no woman at the table and to have the Affordable Care Act at risk, I said, as long as he's here, I'm here."
Pelosi clarified that she was talking about President Donald Trump, whom she referred to as "45."
The interview comes as a growing number of Democrats have expressed their dissatisfaction with Pelosi's leadership. Many in the party were hoping that Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) would challenge Pelosi for her leadership position until he was upset by Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — whom DNC chairman Tom Perez has deemed "the future" of the Democratic Party.