Politics ‘Hell yes’: Clyburn to seek another term in 2022
Rep. Jim Clyburn says new Juneteenth federal holiday gives him 'hope'
Clyburn says new legislation to mark Juneteenth as a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States gives him hope. "It does give me hope…this country has a very spotty history when it comes to race. There’s so much about slavery that we have failed to come to grips with, and Juneteenth is one of those prime examples," Clyburn said on ABC’s "The View.
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn had a clear — really clear — answer when asked if he’d run for reelection next year.
“Not just yes,” the South Carolina Democrat. “But hell yes.”
Clyburn, 80, has represented South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District since 1993.
None of the top House leaders — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Clyburn — have made plans to relinquish their positions, though Pelosi committed to two terms as speaker in 2018.
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While several Democrats have said they see a scenario in which, others have predicted that if the party loses the House in 2022, an automatic power turnover may be in the cards.
Clyburn has also said he'd support Pelosi if she decided to hold on to the gavel, though his answer was a bit murky when asked if he'd vie for the top job.
"Good Lord, I was born and raised in South Carolina, you got to know I spent all my life contemplating," Clyburn said in an. "I'm still contemplating."
Black Americans laud Juneteenth holiday, say more work ahead .
WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Americans rejoiced Thursday after President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, but some said that, while they appreciated the recognition at a time of racial reckoning in America, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many of their brethren. © Provided by Associated Press President Joe Biden points to Opal Lee after signing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Washington. From left, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif, Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., Opal Lee, Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn.