Pelosi's campaign-style hit on GOP
June 26th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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Pelosi's campaign-style hit on GOP

Washington (CNN) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi framed her campaign argument against Republicans ahead of the 2012 elections, predicting the GOP will be blamed for the high unemployment rate.

"When the … unemployment rate is high, it's hard for the incumbent to win," Pelosi said in an interview with CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "I remind you though, we're not the incumbent. The Republicans are the incumbent."

Republicans won control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections, later passing a budget proposed by Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Although the plan has no chance of passing through the Democratic-controlled Senate, Pelosi said it reflects GOP values and priorities by proposing deep spending cuts while trimming future benefits for senior citizens.

The California Democrat urged the electorate to give Republicans credit for the Ryan budget plan, questioning its proposals on Medicare and Republican positions on Social Security.

"Their budget is the gift that keeps on giving, sadly. Politically it does, sadly for the American people. It's a bitter pill," Pelosi said. "They vote where they believe. And they do not believe in Medicare and Social Security."


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Nancy Pelosi
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  1. Rick McDaniel

    Pelosi is nothing but a pawn of Obama........a follower, who takes no real position of her own, based on conviction, but rather, a blind political party follower who lead the flock of the edge of the cliff, before questioning the motives of the party.

    June 26, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  2. Name king

    The repug keep shouting that the 800 thousand dollars stimulus failed. Yet the CBO "whom they love to quote when they agree with their policies and dispose when they don't", said that the stimulus saved and created nearly 4 million jobs. These repugs repeat lies over and over again, because they know how gullible the american people are and they will eventually believe them if they persist with their lies. The trillion dollars for the rich tax cuts on the other hand haven't worked for the past 10 years. Obama went to other countries and got them them to invest 50 times more than in all of bush years, but the rich pocket the money and didn't hire folks like they are suppose to do, because as soon as the rich get their money they push trillions of dollars on the sidelines in other countries to hide from the tax man. The deplete our America economy of well needed revenue. We need money to circulate in our economy not to be outsourced. We need to tax the rich and start building our infrastructure.

    June 26, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. James B

    Although Ms. Pelosi is right, my concern is that Democratic politicians seem incapable of making an argument - any argument. They have a Republican gift house from Representative Ryan (R), yet they are not on TV making it the central focus for the 2012 debate. CNN and others are incapable of following a storty with real repercussions for real Americans. They are content to focus on the sensational. Every day a Democratic congress member should be making rounds from FOX to MSNBC letting people know exactly what Republicans have put forward on policy. Democrats don't need to exaggerate the story, it is powerful enough on the facts. However, now is the time to start framing the discussion and Democrats are not doing it.

    June 26, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. DENNA

    Ms. Pelosi is spot-on. The Republicans campaigned on a jobs platform, but have managed to do everything BUT create jobs or even a bill that addresses jobs. All they have done is attack senior citizens. Message to the Tea Party: Unless you are wealthy you will suffer this too. To the younger Tea Party Members: you will have to pony up money to take care of Mom and Dad if their earned benefits are cut or disappear all together. I am positive that there are spending programs in the Federal budget that could be cut without cutting benefits to seniors. Why are we paying subsidies to the oil companies and wealthy farmers? Are there any research programs that we could do without right now to get ourselves out of this? The government is good at collecting our money and the telling us to go jump in the lake when we ask what is being done with our money. I blame the Republicans for the lack of jobs at this point because they promised to create jobs if we reelected them into power again. Liars.

    June 26, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. GI Joe

    The republicans ran on jobs, jobs, jobs in 2010. They PROMISED. Since january, they have been true to form and written bills and laws for GUNS, GAYS, GOD, AND THE GREENBACK DOLLAR.

    THEY LIE!!

    June 26, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. Just As I Thought

    When the Pelosi Democrats took control of Congress on January 4, 2007, the national debt stood at $8,670,596,242, 973.04. The last day of the 111th Congress and Pelosi’s Speakership on December 22, 2010 the national debt was $13,858,529,371,601.09 – a roughly $5.2 trillion increase in just four years. Furthermore, the year over year federal deficit has roughly quadrupled during Pelosi’s four years as speaker, from $342 billion in fiscal year 2007 to an estimated $1.6 trillion at the end of fiscal year 2010.
    The 111th Congress, from January 2009 to January 2011, accumulated more debt than the first 100 congresses combined.
    The definition of INSANITY is doing the same thing over and over and expecting it to come out different.

    June 26, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. Liz the First

    Tell it like it is, Nancy! pretty much all the problems facing this country today are the fault of the repugs. their strategy of letting the economy stay in the dumps to make Obama look like a failure are heartless at best and treasonous at worst. and shame on anyone who's stupid enough to buy into that morally bankrupt tactic. Obama and any other Democrat running next year doesn't need to run against his particular opponent, but against the whole stupid, shortsighted, hypocritical, dangerous, un-American repubican agenda. the rethugs rule by fear and greed, appealing to the basest of human nature. the only people whose interest they have at heart are the super-rich. if you're not a multimillionaire, you're not a republican supporter, you're the republicans' victim!

    June 26, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "I remind you though, we're not the incumbent. The Republicans are the incumbent."

    I agree that Obama is becoming more and more irrelevant, but, despite Nancy's misguided assertion, he's still the President.

    And, also regardless of Nancy's assertions, the economy is stalled, not because of the Republicans, but because of the enormous economic damage Obama and the Democrats did prior to the last election. The recovery is stalled because the Democrats in the Senate keep demanding the right, by refusing to abide by the debt ceiling, to go on spending the country even further into bankruptcy.

    June 26, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. November 2010

    This from the same woman who predicted the house would stay under democratic control in November 2010. I'll go even farther than her. I predict the senate will flip to the GOP in 2012.

    June 26, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. David

    Has the former Speaker forgotten that Dems control the White House and the Senate? Seems to me, when it comes to passing legislation, THEY are the incumbent.

    June 26, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. John

    The only proof that I need that there is liberal bias in the media is to watch this woman speak and then think about how all the media wants to do is make fun of Palin. This woman is one of the leaders of the democratic party?

    June 26, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Understand the problem

    For all the Dems and Libs, you are all naive or clueless. The problem is our entitlements. Medicare, SS, medicaid. They are going to crush our economy. What are you proposals. You aruge to tax the rich ($250K) or more, but even if you took all their money you don't fix the problem. On top of that you all started obamacare. The way it plans to "insure" the 16 million is through medicaid...well, look at every state that is going broke due to that program. It will only be worse. I am independent. I detest both parties because both have no clue. The dems had all 3 parts of governement and they did nothing to pass a budget. Great we spent 800million on 4 million jobs...not a good return on investment. We were better off cutting checks to people than spend that much. Obama blames Bush and the "mess" he inherited...get over it. You are in charge. Take leadership. The republicans stonewall reasonable ideas (ending corn subsidies, oil subsidies) even if they are "drops" in a bucket, it at leasts shows me, or America, you are willing to make some changes in thought to fix our problems.

    June 26, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. FM

    To: James B
    Hold on your breathe, the campaign hasn't started heating up yet. Once it does, each and everybody will hear it loudly. The issue is so pressing and touchy that no one can ignore or let it go!

    June 26, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. GI Joe

    Not even ONE jobs bill out of the republican House (House is responsible for $$ laws), but they and the republicans in the Senate filibustered a RECORD NUMBER OF BILLS in just two years to prevent any improvement in our economy, jobs, savings, etc.

    As DeMINT said - make this President ONE TERM - in face that's been the sole purpose of republicans since January 2009. They have DONE NOTHING for U.S. Citizens. NOTHING.

    June 26, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans had victory in 2010 nation wide now their approval rating is very bad nation wide

    They took control of many states in 2010 later they totally ignore the jobs. All the bills proposed by republicans hurting middle class, poor and students

    June 26, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Marc

    Pelosi is correct, however the Democratic party is so disorganized and have very poor communication skills as far as getting a unified message out to the American people (Republican's are vey good at communication, even if it is a false talking point, fox news will repeat it at nausea). Further, Democrat's have no spine and are always affraid to take a stand even when it would help them politically and moraly.

    June 26, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Marc

    To "understand the problem"–going back to the tax rates that we had under Clinton would reduce the deficit along with cuts, and getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan. It's not one or the other as you have mistakenly and naively been led to believe by fox news/talk radio. Cutting alone will not solve this problem, if that was the case then the deficit shouuld have been balanced by Bush when Republican's controlled all three branches of government. Further, if trickle down economics really worked then the economy should have been booming in the Bush years and today since Obama extended the Bush tax cuts. You are being misled, wake up!

    June 26, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Bob Loblaw

    ""Tell it like it is, Nancy! pretty much all the problems facing this country today are the fault of the repugs. their strategy of letting the economy stay in the dumps to make Obama look like a failure ""

    Obama doesnt LOOK like a failure, he IS a failure. Youre forgetting that Obama passed his stimulus, increased discretionary spending 22% in one year, passed Obamacare, passed payroll taxcuts and extended the Bush tax cuts. Not to mention numerous Mortgage Aid programs Obama supported. Fact is this President has a horrible economic record, one of state intervention that prevents economic growth and job creation. Obama's EPA is doing Cap and Trade without congressional approval, putting further pressure on business to create jobs. The Democrats also havent passed a budget since 2009.

    Here is the Obama record 23 months into the expansion compared to other expansions. SOURCE: BLS
    Job creation:
    May 1975-April 1977 5.3 million jobs
    Jan 1983-Nov 1984 7.3 million jobs
    March 1991-Feb 1993 1.4 million jobs
    Jan 2002-Dec 2003 -453k Jobs
    June 2009-May 2010 48k

    Only 2002-03 was worse than the current recovery, but at least in 2002-03 the unemployment rate never got above 6.3%.

    June 26, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. Bob Loblaw

    ""To "understand the problem"–going back to the tax rates that we had under Clinton would reduce the deficit along with cuts, and getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan.""

    That is a myth: Under Clinton in 2000 with 3.8% unemployment, 4.5% GDP growth and 5000 on the NASDAQ Federal Tax Revenues stood at 22% of GDP. Current Federal Spending is 27% of GDP. So right there even with the Clinton economy and Obama;s spending we would have gone from a $250b surplus to a $750b deficit, a ONE TRILLION dollar swing just based on spending. Iraq and Afghanistan are $100b per year, less than 8% the total 2011 deficit.

    Bring home the troops
    Repeal ALL THE BUSH TAX CUTS (all not just for the rich)
    Unemployment at 3.8% and GDP at 4.5%

    We would still have a deficit of over $600b with current spending levels.

    Repealing only the top rates in the Bush Tax Cuts would yield only $70b per year in additional tax revenue or less than 5% the total budget deficit

    June 26, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Bob Loblaw

    ""Not even ONE jobs bill out of the republican House ""

    That because Govt doesnt create jobs, it only destroys them

    June 26, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. Bob Loblaw

    ""but they and the republicans in the Senate filibustered a RECORD NUMBER OF BILLS in just two years to prevent any improvement in our economy, jobs, savings, etc.""

    Name some of the bills the GOP filibustered that would have saved or created jobs.

    June 26, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    "The problem is our entitlements. Medicare, SS, medicaid. They are going to crush our economy."
    ------------------
    You do not understand the problem at all. Your opinions reflected faith in misleading statements and disinformation by the conservative movement. Here's the real problem at its' most basic level. When those programs were first created there were almost 5 and a half workers for every person receiving the entitlements, which was more than enough to fund the programs. Today that figure is under 3.

    We are taking in half of what the program were designed to receive. Why is that? Because Republicans have been starving the programs over the past 30 years by lowering the top income where those taxes are collected. THAT is the problem.

    June 26, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Dean

    Name king

    The repug keep shouting that the 800 thousand dollars stimulus failed. Yet the CBO "whom they love to quote when they agree with their policies and dispose when they don't", said that the stimulus saved and created nearly 4 million jobs.
    ----------------We have over 400,000 of NEW unemployment claims every week for the past year. Using your figures, 10 weeks of unemployment claims wipes out all the new jobs Obama claims to have created since the stimulus started.

    June 26, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Extension of Bush era tax cuts haven't created jobs or helped unemployment as promised by the GOP. When Republicans campaigned for the Congress they never mentioned Bush era tax cuts, they promised jobs and not a "snow job".

    June 26, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. ingrid

    Well said GI Joe and Liz the first. You are both absolutely right.

    June 26, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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