November 5th, 2010
01:20 PM ET
4 years ago

Pelosi is running for Minority Leader amid calls for her to step down

Washington (CNN) - Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she will run for minority leader, even as some moderate and conservative Democrats have said she should step aside. Pelosi made the announcement on Twitter: "Driven by the urgency of creating jobs & protecting #hcr, #wsr, Social Security & Medicare, I am running for Dem Leader."

She further explained her decision in a statement.

"Our work is far from finished. As a result of Tuesday's election, the role of Democrats in the 112th Congress will change, but our commitment to serving the American people will not," Pelosi said in a statement. "Many of our colleagues have called with their recommendations on how to continue our fight for the middle class, and have encouraged me to run for House Democratic Leader."

Moderate Democratic Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma was the latest to urge Pelosi to step aside and not run for House Minority Leader.

"I cannot in good conscience support Nancy Pelosi as our leader," Boren told CNN in a telephone interview, "I intend to support a more conservative Democrat, a Democratic alternative."

"I think most people in the Democratic caucus are giving her room to make the room to retire, to leave gracefully. But, you know, I think it is important to see over the next 24-48 hours if we will see an alternative emerge," Boren said.

Boren's public pressure for Pelosi to go follows similar comments from North Carolina's Democratic Rep Heath Schuler and Utah's Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson who have also said they would prefer a new, more centrist Democratic leader.

"I think based on the outcome of this election, we should all acknowledge what the American people said, and they are looking for change. And I think when you as a political party suffer losses of historic proportions, it makes sense to change things up," Matheson told CNN in a telephone interview." "Therefore I don't think she should be running for leader."

Still, after Tuesday's losses, moderate Democrats are now a very small part of the Democratic caucus. The bigger question, according to multiple Democratic sources, is what Pelosi's fellow progressives want her to do.

Americans United for Change, a progressive political organization, sent an email notice to its members Friday morning urging Pelosi to stay.

The notice asks people to send a personal note to Speaker Pelosi.

"Make sure she knows that we will support her," said the email.

"If she runs, she will win," said one senior Democratic source.

Still, while Pelosi's tireless fundraising has built reservoir of support among Democratic lawmakers, several Democratic sources said there are a number of progressive Democrats who do not want her to run.

Meanwhile, Kentucky Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth, who had been a staunch supporter of Pelosi's, told a television station in his home state he wants Pelosi to step down as Democratic leader.

"I know that there is some thought that Nancy Pelosi may stay around," Yarmuth said Thursday, "As good a leader as she has been, I don't think she's the right leader to take us


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soundoff (289 Responses)
  1. Good for her

    Glad she is not quitting & hope she wins the minority leader post. But that's the delegation's decision to make. Given that she just ran for re-election & is very popular in her district it would be absurd for her to retire.

    November 5, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. Pelosi fan

    Glad to hear this...I don't know why Dems continue to think that "compromising" with the "moderates" is the appropriate course. Dems aren't dealing with rational people acting in good faith to achieve what is in the best interest of your average American. They are dealing with cynics whose primary priority is to see them fail. At least keep someone in power who has the spine to get some things accomplished.

    November 5, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. rl

    Let's fix the economy first, then hate whoever you think you need to hate!

    November 5, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Moose

    This old bat needs to get the hell out of Washington. Worst Speaker EVER.

    November 5, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Robbie

    Clearly Pelosi interperted the message the American public sent Tuesday wrong. We do not want here there period. There is reason this happened and if her fellow democrats think she should step aside, along with the American voter, clearly she should take the hint.

    November 5, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Rory brewer

    For the good of the democratic party and our well being plaese find us a new conservative leader to lead our party forward.

    November 5, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Sandy

    She just doesn't get it - or is her ego that big? It's certainly not guts - it's called being out of touch with reality! Get out of Congress and let them get some work done that the people of the United States want them to do.

    November 5, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. bailoutsos

    The first thing Bachman did was to regurgitate some bogus info about the cost of Obama's trip to India. She is going to be a leader of America?

    November 5, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Really?

    This is the woman that said something along the lines of, "You have to pass this bill so you can find out what's in it". What kind of logic is that? This woman has lost her marbles. If there were 2 candidates, and they were Pelosi and a monkey, I'd vote for the monkey in a heartbeat.

    November 5, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. Polly LA Cali.

    Does not it remind you of the movie?
    Return of the mummy.

    November 5, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Bill

    Nancy Pelosi should step down sooner rather than later. She has no sense of what the vast majority of Americans want. She has no credibility with the other side. Is highly partisan, has cost so many Blue Dog Democrats a chance to keep the party from falling over the cliff. This nation is a nation of the center- right. Bill Clinton saw this and moved to the center. We cannot afford her or we will have Republican majorities for decades. She will ultimately cost Obama his job in 2012, if the party faithful can't get her to move on.

    November 5, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. caeol

    People dont like Pelosi, because she symbalizes all that is wrong with Washington

    November 5, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. John

    What amazes me is when you consider what the democrats have done to California, how could they vote Pelosi, Boxer, and the rest of the socialistic gang back in? Amazing.....or just stupidity.

    "Wait until the bill is passed and then you'll find out what's in it." - N.Pelosi

    Does any cogent thinking person think she has no contempt for Americans?

    This woman is a pathological liar and a danger to our country.

    "It must be a very tough time to be a democrat. With the election of Obama you were finally able to implement all of your grandiose, utopian ideas and put them into practice only to find out that all of those dreams that you believed in with every fiber of your body are complete and total failures. The guy you thought was the answer to all of your dreams has turned out to be an incompetent, rank amateur. Take heart, for yesterday's election was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal ..."

    We have been blessed with the scientific determination there is a genetic motivator for a person to be a liberal. I have been a long time supporter of the premise gays are born with a genetic reason they are gay. I fully support that with the clear understanding other factors such as environment and an amount of choice also play roles. One can only hope they can find suitable treatments for both of these genetic defects and rid the world of both scourges.

    Mr. President, listen to the people you have sworn an oath to – ABOVE your Democratic ideals. No more gov meddling oin business as every attempt has ended in failure – not the purpose or role of the government. Next, NO AMNESTY. Secure our borders! Arrest and deport ALL illegals (including relatives of politicians). Arrest employers of illegals. No more anchor babies. Enforce our federal laws. Make America safe for Americans. DO YOUR JOB.

    What else really blows is after you die you always vote Democrat!

    November 5, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Independent in NJ

    Looking at this from a purely objective and logical viewpoint. I would say that if I were a Republican the best thing that could happen would be to keep Pelosi as the head of the Democratic Party in the House since that is bringing more voters against the Democratic Party. She may have guts but no one east of the Sierras cares for her that much.

    November 5, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Michael Daily

    Bad idea. Reid has done a great job, but Pelosi is part of the problem not the solution. You can't lead a caucus from the extreme end of that caucus.

    November 5, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. Byrd

    Pelosi is done. Someone please give her a bus ticket out of town immediately. Maybe there's an opening for dog catcher somewhere, but I'm not certian I would even trust her with that. And I'm a life-long liberal.

    November 5, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Dark Shadows

    Republicans soon will start shipping people to concentration camps.
    Gays, blacks, liberals, feminists will find themselves attacked and harrassed.
    The bullies got thier power back.......hiel !

    November 5, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Tosh hope

    I think it is time for nancy Pelosi to step aside, write a book or something and let someone else step up to the plate.........she need to accept her expiration date......(d)

    November 5, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. CW3 Snookie

    nancy FANCYPANTS needs a "Reality Check"!! She scheduled Don't Ask – Don't tell...... RATHER THAN GET JOBS FOR UNEMPLOYEED AMERICANS!~

    November 5, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Kayo

    What it sounds like is that she's fearful of having no life now that her time is done. Even the Democrats don't want her to run. Some people never learn when to hang it up.

    November 5, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Barry

    I hope they take that expensive Jet that she uses for transportation away from her. When the automakers CEOs flew to Washington to ask for help, they made fun of them for flying their jets. But it was okay for her to spent over $5.5 million/year of the tax payer's , only for her transportation. Who does she think she is, Queen Cleopatra? I don't understand; why don't they rent or build a place for the Speaker of the House and other high ranked members of the government, so they don't spend so much money. I am a Democrat but disagree with such money spending.

    November 5, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Steve B

    She should step aside. She seems well disliked and come across as a kook. There are others that can represent the party better than her.

    November 5, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. TwM

    Pelosi has done nothing but cause the USA problems since the day she became speaker. She is a bonafide flake. Why doesn't she get it, we hated her policies so we elected Republicans to lead the house to get rid of her. Calfornia has done the USA a grave injustice by re-electing her.

    November 5, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. Mike

    Finally the end of a horrific and arrogant reign of a really really bad leader. Pelouseah did not do a good job Dutch. There are no haters just people with the facts. Anyone who disrepects the President AND the Americans who 'she' is supposed to be working for deserves 30 days in the hole. That 'Heathcare' bill was rammed down everyone's throat just so you fanatics can claim you did something. Hogwash. Hope you don't have to pay any of those escalating fines tha are contained within. Your an idiot if you think you even know what makes a good leader. This woman does not even come close. Thank goodness its over and she's gone. All of her cronies are calling for her head. Rightly so. The sheep that voted all those dem folks in are really sorry. Heck even Wall Street hailed the demise of the DIMocrat party. Obama has his hands full if he wants another 4 years.

    November 5, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. John

    "Wait until the bill is passed and then you'll find out what's in it." - N.Pelosi

    What amazes me is when you consider what the democrats have done to California, how could they vote Pelosi, Boxer, and the rest of the socialistic gang back in? Amazing.....or just stupidity. Does any cogent thinking person think she has no contempt for Americans? This woman is a pathological liar and a danger to our country.

    "It must be a very tough time to be a democrat. With the election of Obama you were finally able to implement all of your grandiose, utopian ideas and put them into practice only to find out that all of those dreams that you believed in with every fiber of your body are complete and total failures. The guy you thought was the answer to all of your dreams has turned out to be an incompetent, rank amateur. Take heart, for yesterday's election was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal ..."

    We have been blessed with the scientific determination there is a genetic motivator for a person to be a liberal. I have been a long time supporter of the premise gays are born with a genetic reason they are gay. I fully support that with the clear understanding other factors such as environment and an amount of choice also play roles. One can only hope they can find suitable treatments for both of these genetic defects and rid the world of both scourges.

    Mr. President, listen to the people you have sworn an oath to – ABOVE your Democratic ideals. No more gov meddling oin business as every attempt has ended in failure – not the purpose or role of the government. Next, NO AMNESTY. Secure our borders! Arrest and deport ALL illegals (including relatives of politicians). Arrest employers of illegals. No more anchor babies. Enforce our federal laws. Make America safe for Americans. DO YOUR JOB.

    What else really blows is after you die you always vote Democrat!

    November 5, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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