February 28th, 2010
10:24 AM ET
3 years ago

Pelosi on midterms: 'We're fighting for every seat'


Washington (CNN) – Even as her Republican counterpart continues to openly discuss replacing her, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says House Democrats are not yielding any ground when it comes to November’s midterm elections.

“The Democrats will retain the majority in the House of Representatives,” Pelosi says in an interview set to air Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

Pelosi adds, “I'm not yielding one grain of sand, we're fighting for every seat.”

The California Democrat told CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that in campaigning for November’s elections Democrats need to be aggressive in explaining to the public everything the party has done.

“So Democrats are ready. We're confident of that - what we have done for the American people. We have to get out there. We've been working hard, now we have to go out. We said we were going to do certain things, we did them. Now we have to go talk about what we have done.”

With the populist anger rising over the last year about the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, an $862 billion stimulus bill that Republicans say failed to deliver the promised job creation, and Democrats’ ambitious plans for comprehensive health care reform legislation, many political observers believe Democrats will face a tough environment in the upcoming midterms later this year.

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, has not been shy about his hopes for the midterms. Twice in roughly the last week, the leading House Republican has discussed how the chamber might operate differently if he is in charge as the next speaker.

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  1. JW

    Bye-Bye Dems, can't say we will miss you. When you are out on the street with nothing to do, why don't you go help the 20-30 million people that are supposely wihout health insurance find a job, or a better job so they can have health insurance. Kind of like the other 200 million of us have done.

    February 28, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Glenn Koons

    Fighting for your corrupt political lives, huh? Let's see what you have done for America. 1. Trillions in debt till eternity. 2. Weaker national security. 3. Belief in climate , GW baloney thus keeping America from using its own huge, safe tech exploiting of our coal, gas, oil resources domestically and not allowing nuclear plants. 4. Porkulas with no jobs created that are PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS. 5. No education benefits for students but lots for the unions. 6. Dependence on ACORN-SEIU, two corrupt orgs. to deal with Census and other fed. agencies to cheat taxpayers and allow illegals to register to vote. Yeah, that is real good San Fran Nan. If that is the agenda you socialist pacifists want to run on, BRING IT ON.

    February 28, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Keith in Austin

    @Terry in West Texas:

    Thanks for your brilliant commentary linking the Democrat Party to what Freedom is all about.

    What rock do you live under?

    Meanwhile, your Party is taking over the Auto Industry, Banking Industry and now have their slimey hands set on Healthcare (1/6 of the economy) that 75 percent of Americans oppose! Is that what you refer to Freedom?

    Maybe you should get out of Lubbock more often, stop watching MSNBC so much and wake up! Althouh East Texas IS a lot like Russian Siberia I think you're confused as to what Country you live in.

    February 28, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. JK

    Health care is going to pass my dear Republican friends using Reconcilliation. Remember how you were for it under your leader Bush before you were against it under Obama. What is good for the Goose is now good for the Gander.

    February 28, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. bob

    The GOP couldn't even get a war hero elected, what chance do they have now that we've all seen their lack of a healthcare fix?

    February 28, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Turn Texas Blue

    The red tide will be swept back out to sea,along with the rednecks on this blog,and that is funny.

    February 28, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Sue

    I seriously think that the botox is now going to her brain.

    Congress now has an approval of 18%

    The majority in Congress are Democrats.

    Based on what the majority in the country think, the Democrats have not done anything!!!!

    There is still an unemployment rate of almost 10% and millions of US citizens without jobs.

    The Democratic politicians have left Obama, Pelosi, and Reid lead them to political suicide.

    The Democrats are going to get clobbered in the 2010 elections.

    February 28, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. sharong60

    Hey, southern cousin, are you an inbred trailer person or what? The "Tea Party" idiots are not liberals . . they're Republicans, led by that airheaded "I can see Russia from my house" quitter, Palin! And it's President Obama to you, not Obozo! How disrespectful! He is certainly much more intelligent and business savvy then dumb Dubya, Satanic Cheney, or ancient McLame!
    And Nancy Pelosi is also a very intelligent woman or she wouldn't be in the position she is in! There haven't been a lot of women who were "Speaker of the House"!
    Just let the dems get things done and maybe 3 years down the road you will be pleasantly surprised!
    And I am not a welfare recipient but feel for those who are, the majority of which are first time claimants who lost their jobs in the last year, due to the recession. I am one of the lucky ones who still has one, but by federal standards, that were in place long before Obama, I am considered just a squeak above poverty level and am struggling to pay my bills too. I also have medical insurance that has pretty good coverage and is reasonable but I feel for the 30 million who don't have any! Uninsured people, walking into E/Rs (which runs about $200 just to walk in the door) and are later added into the cost the hospital charges us, need insurance! If they had insurance, the hospitals could lower their costs, which would lower our claims to our insurance companies, which would, hopefully, lower what insurance companies charge us for premiums! It's a snowball effect!
    Did you understand all that?

    February 28, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Bill

    Nancy is clueless.

    February 28, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Lynne in CA

    I watched the Health Care summit and fully agree with Eva from Tampa. The Republicans will not give an inch as evidenced by their obstructionist tactics from day one of Obama's presidency. Speaker Pelosi presented her remarks in a dynamic and forceful manner clearly refuting the Republican lies about what is and is not in this bill. It is obvious she gives John Boehner a serious case of agita. This Italian grandmother supports Nancy Pelosi 110% and thanks her for her continued upward battle on behalf of the American people.

    February 28, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Anthony

    Where are all the jobs the republican tax cuts for the wealthy created, which they RAMMED down our throats through reconciliation????? With a tie breaking vote by chenney Hmmmm trickled on economics didnt work.

    There has not been an increase in the federal income tax in the US since 1993 and even then it was only on the top 5%. WE Americans have become a bunch of spoiled brats. Just running up debt becuase they dont want to pay for anything the gov does, and do not really want to give up the things that cost big money, like defense and medicare. So the dollar will fall and things will suck. Adjust!

    You want no government and no taxes check out somalia. LOL The healthcare plan Obama put forward is the same plan Bob dole and John Mccain ran on, but now republicans are against it because Obama would get credit for it. Its not a government takeover at all, it a complete sell out to the republican ideas and they still refuse to vote for it. They have nothing to offer except, "open an savings account to pay your medical bills". Who will that help, and how does that reduce costs????

    February 28, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Gyrogearloose

    Ms. Pelosi,

    You said '..what we have done for the american people'.

    Didn't you mean '..what we have done *to* the american people'?

    Just trying to help get it right.

    February 28, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Scott from Houston

    JK February 28th, 2010 11:32 am ET

    Health care is going to pass my dear Republican friends using Reconcilliation. Remember how you were for it under your leader Bush before you were against it under Obama. What is good for the Goose is now good for the Gander.

    ****
    republcans used reconciliation for BUDGETARY measures...health care is not about budgetary measuers. Do a littl reasearch and find out when reconciliation was used for NON-budgetary meausuers during ANY congress. Once you find out, come back and tell me. You know how Obama and Co. likes to use the term "unprecedented?" Well if reconciliation is used for health care reform it certainly will be unprecedented..and the # of democrats voted out in November will be unprecedented.

    February 28, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. terry,va.

    @ JK...The bill will not pass even on a simple majority vote. There are enough dumbocraps to vote against it because they want to keep their jobs. The reason.....Americans don't want this bill and they will represent their people rather than go with the socialist dictatorship of Obummie and Pelosi. If this was a good bill, the dumbocraps could have passed it several months ago with NO repub votes. Aren't you people smart enough to realize that?

    February 28, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. JK

    Democrats do not need a lecture from Republicans and their supporters who nearly bankrupted the country and left such a huge mess. Remember the country under 8 years of Bush and Republican rule. Never again,never again......

    February 28, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Scott from Houston

    Scott from Houston February 28th, 2010 11:40 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    JK February 28th, 2010 11:32 am ET

    Health care is going to pass my dear Republican friends using Reconcilliation. Remember how you were for it under your leader Bush before you were against it under Obama. What is good for the Goose is now good for the Gander.

    ****
    republcans used reconciliation for BUDGETARY measures...health care is not about budgetary measuers. Do a littl reasearch and find out when reconciliation was used for NON-budgetary meausuers during ANY congress. Once you find out, come back and tell me. You know how Obama and Co. likes to use the term "unprecedented?" Well if reconciliation is used for health care reform it certainly will be unprecedented..and the # of democrats voted out in November will be unprecedented.

    Lynne in CA February 28th, 2010 11:37 am ET

    I watched the Health Care summit and fully agree with Eva from Tampa. The Republicans will not give an inch as evidenced by their obstructionist tactics from day one of Obama's presidency. Speaker Pelosi presented her remarks in a dynamic and forceful manner clearly refuting the Republican lies about what is and is not in this bill. It is obvious she gives John Boehner a serious case of agita. This Italian grandmother supports Nancy Pelosi 110% and thanks her for her continued upward battle on behalf of the American people.

    ****

    kind of funny that you say the "republican won't give an inch" when, if you go back and watch/listen to the debate you'll see that the democrats wouldn't even let the republicans get a word in regarding the current bills that were passed last year. Who were the obstructionists in the debate last week? Concensus says DEMOCRATS!
    And i'm not even a republican....

    February 28, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "Why do Jim Bunning (R-KY) and the Republican Party hate unemployed Americans?"

    They don't. It's the Dems, whose plans, if they're allowed to succeed, would result in raising to unprecedented levels taxes on small businesses, who seem to "hate" the unemployed.

    Small businesses are scared, right now, of a lot of things. One of those things is how high their taxes will go to pay for all the bailouts and "stimulus" things. Another thing is the uncertainty concerning what Obamacare will cost them. And companies that are scared, that don't know if they'll even be able to afford to keep the employees they've got, aren't got to hire people.

    Democrats are known as the party of tax and tax and tax. Far left Democrats are known for their hostility to business.

    It's fear of Democrats that's keeping unemployment high. It's got nothing to do with Jim Bunning and the Republican Party.

    February 28, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. annie against biased news

    The only thing that has kept our country from being totally destroyed by this clown and his chicago mafia and the likes of pukelosi & stinky harry is the republicans saying NO – and I'm no fan of either party. However, anyone with one brain cell left knows these demon-craps are totally out to destroy our country and to take away all of our freedoms. There are crooks on both sides of the isle but since the demon-craps have the majority, they have the majority of the crooks! pukelosi keep on upholding the tax cheat rangel – it will look really good on your re-election ads.

    February 28, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Get Real

    Well there you have it folks, since her majesty says it, it must be true. HA HA

    February 28, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. James in Florida

    Jk wrote "New Republican leadership.....Palin,Limbaugh and Beck. Now there is change you can believe. Perhaps the country should be split. How about the Democrats running the Northern states,California and some Western ones. Give the Republicans the South,Utah,Wyoming,Nebraska,etc......Have you ever wondered why the South is so much poorer than the North. Keep electing Republicans"

    Ever wonder why the vast majority of the states hardest hit by this economy/job market/recession are from the north/democrat leading states? It is a bad joke that everyone seems to overlook, all the dems calling republicans/southerners poor, uneducated, racist, bigots. Um, sounds like you libs are pretty prejudiced & biast to me. WAKE UP AMERICA! How anyone could defend this democrat lead congress is beyond me. A simple fact check will show who truely led to this economic downturn and the condition the country is in right now. And don't get me wrong, I'm ready for some new blood on both sides of the aisle, but am ecstatic to see America turn away from the socialist agenda of the left in the mid-terms in 2010. Here is hoping for REAL change in American politics, not more campaign rhetoric that once again fails to materialize once the elections are over.

    February 28, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. AP in Illinois

    Does anyone really think that Newt GIngrich is or was a better alternative? Maybe the GOP can shutdown the federal government again and we can have another standoff. Proving nothing other than it's their way or the highway. The real problem is that the GOP is acting like a little kid. That isn't what the people who are angry want for leadership in America.

    February 28, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. jane

    I surely hope the midterms go well for Democrats; otherwise, the plight of millions will get worse.

    I think the biggest problem for the Democrats is that Republicans are so successful at duping a large number of people who are easily influenced by their psychological tactcs. I assume the Republican party has many experts who study various segments of the population in order to determine how best to apply the political strategy that will make puppets out of them. The so-called "tea party" is no doubt an example.

    February 28, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. j

    VOTE PROGRESSIVE 2010!

    Kick the obstructionist Conservatives out of Washington!

    February 28, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. Mike

    Everyone one on this blog seems to be mostly fired up about the opposing positions on healthcare. At the end of the day, Bill Clinton and his mantra " It's the Economy Stupid " is going to win. Whichever party is viewed in November as best handling JOBS will win. Nothing else will matter, regardless of how worked up you get over any other issue.

    February 28, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. sharong60

    New Age Independent February 28th, 2010 10:47 am ET

    Democrats like Pelosi are the number one reason why I left their party. Not to say that the Republicans are great, they certainly have issues, but the Democrat leadership are completely clueless and care only for power.

    They are completely driven by lobbyists and big business even more so than the Republicans. They've made deals with Pharmacy companies and stood against lower drug costs for everyone.

    They railed against Republican spending, yet they enact the largest debt causing legislation in the history of our government. Their only answer is to tax and tax us into oblivion while placing us and the government even further in debt. Do Democrats care so little for us all

    Answer: Where did you get your info, from the Tea Party people? For your info, President Obama got the Pharmacies to agree to LOWER the price of perscription drugs! And Pres. Obama is deadset against Lobbysist and that's why his administration is fighting with the Repugs so much because they have money in their pockets from the big insurance companies not to let healthcare reform pass! They are greedy, ignorant, biased S.O.B.s who care only about Political power and corporate profits! That was quite evident in the last decade when they were in power!!! They are just attacking President Obama's administration with every lowdown, dirty tactic they can dream up to discredit the democrates and gullible people are falling for it! The Republicans are "wolves in sheep's clothing"! Don't believe everything you hear! Looks at the statistics: the economy is slowly but steadily improving. Wallstreet is up, banks are starting to loosen up credit again, housing is up for first time homeowners buying existing homes, gas prices are reasonable, unemployment when down some, etc. These are all little signs that Obama's administration plans are working! It is gonna take some time to really notice the improvements. He was handed a huge debt when he took office and had to deal with a collapsing auto, housing and banking industry! I think he is doing phenonemal in the short year he has been in office! And I trust him when he says he will reduce the national deficit BUT it may take all of his 1st term to put a dent in it!

    February 28, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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