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Nancy Pelosi 'too busy' to retire

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While several longtime House Democrats have announced retirement this year, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said not to expect her name to be added to the list anytime soon.

"I'm too busy" to retire, the California Democrat said during her weekly Thursday briefing with reporters. "As long as there's one in five children in America who lives in poverty, what I do is get up every morning revved to the task."

Some of Pelosi's top lieutenants in recent weeks have said they will step down at the end of their current terms in January. The list includes Reps. John Dingell of Michigan, Jim Moran of Virginia, Carolyn McCarthy of New York and George Miller and Henry Waxman of California.

Fifteen House Democrats in this Congress have said they won't seek re-election or already have left office, compared with 22 House Republicans.

But Pelosi, 73, who has served in the House since 1987, said her colleagues' retirements have no influence on her decision to stay or leave office.

"They go at their pace; I go at mine," she said. "I have enough to invigorate me. And everybody's timetable around here isn't everybody else's timetable."

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