WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a place in the Democratic leadership after Republicans take control next year.
The South Carolina Democrat is downplaying the emerging contest between himself and Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer for the No. 2 spot when Democrats become the minority party. Clyburn says he plans to keep his current job as whip.
Hoyer currently is the House majority leader, the No. 2 post in Democratic leadership, but he stands to be demoted if Pelosi moves from being speaker to minority leader. Clyburn says he's not willing to step down as whip to make room for Hoyer.
Clyburn appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation."
Meanwhile, Republican Rep. Eric Cantor tells "Fox News Sunday" if the Democrats keep Pelosi it would appear "they didn't get the message."