Nancy Pelosi Speculates on Who Might Be on Her Leadership Team

Minority Leader hopes to win back House, discusses possible members of her team.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.--House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gave a pre-season preview of the Democratic staring lineup in the event her team takes back the House come November.

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Pundits agree Pelosi's likely to step back into her role as Speaker, but she'll need a strong team to go in for the assist.

Pelosi dropped the name of Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who wears many different hats from serving on the House Budget Committee as the Democratic foil to Republican Paul Ryan, now the GOP vice presidential nominee, to leading the party's election strategy.

"He has been chairman of the DCCC for a couple of terms so members love him, and he has led brilliantly on the budget issues," Pelosi says.

Pelosi also mentioned California Rep. Xavier Becerra, who currently serves as the Democratic Caucus Vice Chair.

Becerra served his Democratic counterparts on both the Simpson-Bowles commission and on the so-called Super Committee.

She also gave a nod to Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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"We have so many," Pelosi said.

Pelosi's more optimistic that her party can buck the strong Republican majority in the House than Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Executive Director Robby Mook, who describes winning back the house as an "uphill climb."

But even the minority leader knows there are a few in her party she wouldn't put on her leadership squad.

"I think almost anybody...except for about 20," she says. "They are not on the path to leadership."

Some members might not see leadership roles in their futures, but Pelosi says you never know when your party will ask you to serve.

"I didn't have the faintest interest in leadership, zero, none," Pelosi said.

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