Pelosi: 'My Conversations With The President Are Not Ones That I Share'

By Patrick Burke | November 14, 2012 | 12:13 PM EST

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). (AP Photo)

( -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) did not indicate whether President Barack Obama wanted her to continue as the House Minority Leader in the next session of Congress, only saying, “my conversations with the president are not ones that I share.”

She added that her Democratic colleagues in the House conveyed to her the message, “Don’t even think of leaving.”

At a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday, a reporter asked Pelosi, “Did the president at all encourage you to return as Democratic Leader, and I’m wondering also, to follow up on Dana’s question, when did you actually reach a decision that you would stay on?”

Pelosi said, “You know, my conversations with the president are not ones that I share, okay?”

She continued, “My colleagues made it very clear, in fact I think they must’ve coordinated with each other because the message was clear: Don’t even think of leaving. That was what I got over and over and over and over again. I thought, ‘was this a coincidence or what?’”

“But my decision, really, do I love what I do? Of course,” said Pelosi. “Am I honored by the support of my colleagues? Endlessly. But I had to talk this over with my family because it is an enormous time commitment. And the encouragement I got from them really made [it],” she said.

Pelosi appeared alongside a large group of other female Democratic members in the House to share the importance of having women in Congress. She also made clear that she will be submitting her name to be considered for Democratic Leader in the next Congress.