Pelosi on Dems: 'We'll be back'
January 18th, 2011
05:21 PM ET
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Pelosi on Dems: 'We'll be back'

(CNN)–Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is confident about a Democratic majority in 2012. In an interview with CNN's "The Situation Room" anchor Wolf Blitzer, Pelosi reflected on the 2010 midterm elections, her ambition to move forward, and the possibility of a future Democratic majority.

"It's no use rehashing what happened before. We lost tremendous talent in our caucus and I'm concerned about that...We'll be back."

Pelosi also revealed details in the interview, which aired Tuesday, about her recent visit with Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who remains hospitalized in serious condition in Tucson, Arizona.

She spoke of emotion in the room when she visited at the invitation of Gifford's husband astronaut Mark Kelly stating "his view is that... she was so happy we were there, she had to open her eyes to make sure it was true…it was personal…But when she opened her eyes she gravitated right to her husband."

Pelosi also described watching Giffords respond to questions from her husband by opening her eyes. "It wasn't just that we imagined it. You could see the beautiful blue eyes–one–when she opened her eyes."

When asked about whether former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been treated unfairly in the wake of response to the shootings in Arizona, the Democratic leader responded that she has "no idea" and asserted that "the conflict over who said what about whom... is really not important." Instead, Pelosi believes that "What is important is that we give our energy to those families that have been affected."

As the repeal of the health care reform law is being debated, the minority leader said she thinks that "the law is a very good law" and "no law is perfect."

"You're always open to legislation. This is not theology. It's not ideology... This is about patient's rights, not about the health insurance companies' profits," she continued.

Looking ahead, Pelosi also relayed confidence regarding a House vote to repeal health care that is set to take place tomorrow.

"We will have a very overwhelming vote to say no to repeal, and some who voted against health care will vote against the repeal."

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Brian

    Pelosi is such a hack you can hear the beautful story of Rep. Giffords and then she keeps talking and turns it into something ugly. Pelosi cannot open her mouth without lying or infusing some contentious rhetoric into the conversation.

    January 18, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. Albo58

    A dingbat says what?

    January 18, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Jake

    "When asked about whether former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been treated unfairly in the wake of response to the shootings in Arizona, the Democratic leader responded that she has "no idea" "

    Pelosi is so disgusting. She doesn't even have the decency to admit the obvious: by 11 am Tucson time on January 8 Palin was being blamed for the shooting... before anyone knew who had done it or even if there was just a single shooter. And Pelosi has "no idea" if Palin was treated unfairly.

    If a Democrat was treated the way Palin has been treated Pelosi would be squealing like a stuck pig.

    January 18, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. kayla

    very smart lady, no wonder they wanted her out. unlike the numbskull

    January 18, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    This poor delusional woman needs to retired by her constituants before she does any further damage to this country. The vote to repeal this abysmal healthcare entitlement will be bi-partisan. Democrats that got the message of Nov. 2nd will vote to repeal it. Those that don't get it and vote to keep it might as well start packing their bags tomorrow. They'll be out in 2012. Bank on it.

    Obamacare and Pelosi will be the downfall of the Democrat Party. It already cost them the House and nearly the Senate in 2010. If they refuse to listen to the American people, 2012 will see the rest of them sent packing. ANd PLEASE spare us all the "we didn't sell it" BS. The American people are not the morons you think we are.

    January 18, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. S. In California

    When congress gives UP their PAID FOR BY THE PEOPLE health care then I will certainly give up mine. Until then this is a non-story.

    January 18, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. informed voter

    Nancy Pelosi is a smart, strong woman with progressive ideas. No wonder she is vilified by her opponents.

    January 18, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Well said Nancy vis-a-vis the Alaskan Hillbilly, and the ridiculous attempt to repeal Healthcare Reform.

    I notice that the Republicans are no longer calling it Obamacare. This is probably due to the fact that MOST people do not want it repealed.
    I wish they would continue to refer to it as Obamacare so that people would know who risked his political future to do the right thing by his fellow countrymen: President Barack Hussein Obama, THAT ONE, that's who.

    January 18, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin doesn't have any idea and has proven repeatedly she really doesn't care. I'm waiting for Rep. Giffords to speak and I believe her voice will be heard loud and clear.

    January 18, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. gilbert villareal

    Sen. Pelosi is right on...we need more jobs and americans working. there are some areas of the health care bill that i do not agree with but the PRE-EXISTING ILLNESS part of it is important to me. Sen. hang in there..

    January 18, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. ChumBucket

    Giffords eyes gravitated to her husbands...

    yeah, I'll bet she was thinking, why did you bring HER here?

    January 18, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. joey

    By the end of 2012 people will be using all of these jeers just with the name "Boehner" instead of "Pelosi."

    January 18, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. Monster Zero

    Pelosi also described watching Giffords respond to questions from her husband by opening her eyes. "She really opened her eyes. It wasn't just that we imagined it, you could see the beautiful blue eyes.
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    Gee, I just thought Doctors did surgery on her eye socket to remove bone splinters and correct the orbital socket...kind of makes it hard to open those beautiful eyes now wouldn't it...try again Pelousy.

    January 18, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. Sandy

    Pelosi is a courageous and very effective woman and was outstanding Speaker. She got more done in two years than many did in multiple terms (ie. Bush White House). Financial reforms; health care; Jobs bills; economic stimulus; many many more. This congress worked hard and the reactionary superstitious far right managed to demonize every action, even though the country's problems were CREATED by the Republicans over decades of handouts to Industry camouflaged as "deregulation." What a short memory you all have. We love Pelosi in CA and she won't be going anywhere soon, unless she chooses too.

    January 18, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. GaryB

    Was Palin treated unfairly? I think Pelosi should have answered "no". Even if Palin had nothing to do with the shooting, when you put targets on people in conjunction with the phrase "Don't Retreat, Reload" and when you campaign for people who propose "Second Ammendment Remedies" should they lose, you are trying to appeal to a vigilante mentality and you have rightfully opened yourself up to criticism when something like this happens.

    January 18, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. GOP = Greed Over People

    Why are all the cons whining about Palin being accused of setting a caustic tone in political discourse?

    According to them there isn't a overheated negative environment, at last count 2 cons, suggested there may be but no direct admission. So, why are they still jacking their jaws?

    They have spent the last week trying to convince the 54% of us that believe negative comments can contribute to such actions, that words have no consequence, and we can all say what we want, when we want and without regard to any possible outcome, it is to be expected in a "spirited" debate!

    So, stop the whining before we think you are feeling guilty and trying to wipe the blood from your hands onto someone else's.

    January 18, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. cassie

    This is the same person who said the bill ought to be passed before it was read. If she had lead her party in a careful reading and made appropriate revisions at the appropriate time it might not be so necessary to repeal it. Also, if Ms. Pelosi had been in the room when the President was negotiating re the extension of tax cuts/extension of unemployment benefits you can be sure nothing would have been accomplished. She didn't receive an invite to that little event, and for good reason.

    January 18, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    And I'm behind you all the way! Can't wait for 2012 to get here when the Dems take back the House and get a super-majority in the Senate (with President Obama settling in for his second term)!

    January 18, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    "If a Democrat was treated the way Palin has been treated Pelosi would be squealing like a stuck pig."

    Pelosi's not the one constantly whining about the "lamestream media" and crying all the time about how everyone is so unfair to her.

    Oh, and BTW, Pelosi didn't quit half-way through her term, lie about "death panels" and take a housing allowance while living in her own home.

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    January 18, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  20. Karen Pomerantz

    We need more smart people like Nancy Pelosi.

    January 18, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. Simon

    Hahaha, Pelosi slams dunk in Palin's face. IN YOUR FACE!!!

    January 18, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  22. NC

    pelosi and her buddies are cancerous to our country.....dems will not win back majority in November 2012, nor will their weak president obama be elected. 2010 was a huge change and 2012 will be even worst for the spending dems....

    January 18, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  23. mark

    Sorry not even with the media's help..

    January 18, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    You are absolutely right~that IS why Repubs/Tprs wanted Nancy Pelosi out.They knew Boehner was no leader,and could be molded.3rd in line for the President~thats a laugh!~this guy couldnt handle it for one day,but I guarntee you Nancy Pelosi could`ve stepped up and handled it,if she had to! She WILL be known in history,as the finest Speaker of modern times.You all better hope and pray hard ,that we keep her and the fine President we have,in 2012~anything else and the middle class is done,and the poor are really in trouble~The Teapublicans are sure gonna help you~NOT.Where are the Jobs??? Oh Darn~they FORGOT That Once They Got In~what do know about that.?~I wish I was surprised,even a little!

    January 18, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  25. Peter s

    A house divided never stands!!

    January 18, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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