Pelosi doesn’t want to be House speaker again

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WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) — Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she doesn’t want her old job back.

The former House speaker said in an interview published Thursday by National Journal that she has no interest in returning to that role, and repeated her criticism with the way the chamber does business.

“No, that’s not my thing. I did that,” she said response to the question of whether she wanted to be speaker again.

It was a job she held from 2007 to 2011 after several years as minority leader. When Republicans regained control of the House, she returned to her role as minority leader, the position she holds now.

She was first elected in 1987 and her name has become a buzzword used by both sides of the aisle. She has fundraised and campaigned on behalf of Democratic candidates, while at the same time Republicans use her as an icon of liberalism.

For a Democrat to take the top job, they would have to pick up 17 seats for the majority. Republicans currently hold a 233-200 advantage in the lower chamber with two vacancies.

Pelosi hasn’t been shy of criticizing the House under Republican leadership and repeated that in the interview.

“It’s not productive,” she said. “It’s a waste of the taxpayers’ dollar. It’s a waste of our time.”

By CNN Political Unit

— CNN’s Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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