February 28th, 2010
10:24 AM ET
11 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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soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. ib

    Wake up Pelosi; you are most of the reason people are going to rebell against the democrats in Nov.

    February 28, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. Independent One

    I really like Nancy, She is smart, strong and the repubs hate her for this

    February 28, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. Tim

    Top Dem? Top Dumb!

    February 28, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. Fitz in Texas

    “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."

    Yeah, sure they will. Pelosi needs to start looking for another job, because she'll be out of one shortly. Well, with all her millions she wouldn't have to work. I just love all these Democrats. Worth million because they convince the poor they are there for them which keeps these crooks in office.

    February 28, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. Martin Blonstein

    Pelosi is right. The election is in November, and
    once the ordinary people see that the Democrats
    are fighting for decent health coverage for all, and
    the scare myths of the GOP are dispelled, and
    the bill is passed, the populace will come to their
    senses and forget the "Palinesque" drama !!!

    February 28, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. Sam Sixpack

    There is nothing in the health care scam for you and, after they steal that 1/2 trillion dollars from Medicare, they're going to pull the plug on your grandmother.

    Just because Bush was a liar doesn't mean Pelosi is honest.

    February 28, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. Martin Blonstein

    Yeah, Pelosi is dumb and Sarah Palin , Michelle Bachmann and
    those of their ilk are really, really smart....Wake Up, America and
    smell the coffee. Weren't 8 years with the GOP enough ??
    Didn't Clinton leave office and give Bush and the GOP a surplus
    to work with in the budget ??? But let's not let facts get in
    the way of the Republican spin machine !

    February 28, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. George

    What is the difference between Republicans and Democrats? Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola

    February 28, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. leonardofru

    The Pelosists and Obamists want to remake this country in the image of a cross between San Fran and Havana. The productive class is nearly destroyed, the unproductive class continues to live off those few who will still go out and struggle for a better life, and the elitist will continue to have their private jets and arugula.

    February 28, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. stevegee

    Pelosi is delusional if she can't see that the Democrats will suffer massive defeats this November.

    The American people have awakened from their "change" coma. They realize what a huge mistake it was to vote for Obama. We are fed up with the Pelosi and all the liberals.

    Get ready for retirement Nancy.

    February 28, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. leonardofru

    No Martin, comrade, eight years of Bush was not enough. Rather have him and his flaws than the half-wit anti-intellectual fools such as Pelosi and Barack Hussien Obama.

    February 28, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  12. Brad

    I just don't see either party getting anything done... Just wont happen. Party first, people last.

    February 28, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Jane

    Yep and this am, Pelosi is telling the Dems to vote for the healthcare plan "even if it hurts". Doubt she would be saying this if she is up for reelection. People talk about what a great job Obama and Congress are doing–he is the worst president ever. All are arrogant and people talk about they are turning the country around and the Bush administration was a bunch of crooks. Got news for you he just signed and extended the Patriot Act for another year. Nancy and the gang are in congress acting like they will do what they want and not what the people desire....just look at the polls. Can't wait for 2010 and 2012 to get some realistic people in who represent what the American people want and need.

    February 28, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. usualone

    Wonder if the negative comments would be so strong if Pelosi were a man.

    February 28, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  15. Ridgeway

    OK, Hatchet Face. You better worry about your job. What makes her think Americans will continue to be stupid? The arrogance of these people know no boundaries.

    February 28, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  16. Marie MD

    The diference between Pelosi and the quitter from AK are so many that there's not enough room to write it all.
    Pelosi is a self made woman and she has made mistakes along the way while in Congress. I don't agree with everything she says, but I rather have her sitting behind the President than the quitter who is a prostitute and will go with whoever shows her the money.
    @leonardofru San Fran and Havana? I don't know about SFO, but I wish we were more like Havana where ALL Cuban citizens have the right and opportunity to free health care and education. They even had it before Castro took over.

    February 28, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  17. Willa-PA

    The mainstream media/local media does not say anything what the American people NEED to hear, of what was done, is being done and will be done. They don't mention that ONE LONE REPUBLICAN is holding up and voting against the extension of unemployment benefits bill that runs out on Monday. No mention what so-ever. half or more of the American people don't listen or watch the political programs, especially the the dumb ones, can't miss their shows and stupid reality TV. Well, the reality is that Monday people will be pissed off of not getting a check and wondering where money for the next grocery bill will come from. Some will say, oh well, as long as I get mine and to hell with the unemployed and poor. Well, not everone can be rich enough to have money in the bank to live on and unless people experience the hardship of not having a job and no insurance, people like the republicans who block paychecks for the unemployd will never be compasionate and think only about their corporate cronies. Yes there is alot of debt but think who got us there, not Obama, he added to it to save our country from distruction but if nothing is done this country is going to hell and was well on its way.

    February 28, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  18. SCOTO

    The political system in this country is such that we can never focus on the PRESENT. Its always this crazy business of who will win on the next round of elections. The amount of effort and money that goes into this non stop merry go round is monstrous and is a large part of why nothing gets done.

    February 28, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  19. Nick San Diego

    The very loud extreme Right that has taken over the Republican Party is going to be in for a big surprise come November
    Sure the voter is angry. But in the end they will blame the Republicans for saying NO to everything.
    They will be reminded of the suprlus that was left to them the last time around and how they spent that +++++, to where we're in this mess now.

    February 28, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. Jak Black

    Pelosi: This will be the most ethical Congress ever!

    Pelosi: We said we were going to do certain things, and we did them.

    Everyone else: LOL

    February 28, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. Never Again

    The American people rose against the Republican Party in 2008. Since that time, a huge misinformation campaign by healthcare lobbyists and Republicans has stalled healthcare reform and economic recovery efforts. The American people aren't stupid. We didn't reward the Republican party for their arrogance in 2008 and we won't forget what their leadership did to this country when we vote again in 2010.

    February 28, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. Buck Jackson

    @usualone said: "Wonder if the negative comments would be so strong if Pelosi were a man."

    Probably not. But, there is another side to that. If she were a man she would not be in her position or in office. She has gotten a number of 'passes' and boost to where she is solely on the fact that she is a woman.

    February 28, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  23. Jimh

    One thing you all have to realize is, Our Government has been corrupt for the past 70+ years. The major difference in the last 20 years is they have become much more blatant in their in-actions for the people and with out term limits to kick these folks out of office and replace with new blood, we get career politicians that make up their own laws for themselves, increase theor salaries, create retirement policies, create insurance policies all for them and SCREW the Americans paying their salaries and perks, throw in corporate greed and pocket lining of buying more and more career politicians we end up with even less and less representation in Washington. And now, these career politicians don't give a rats a$$ about the American people.
    Talk is cheap. From Obama right down to your local Politician, Talk is cheap. All these folks are worried about is holding their seats through any means possible. If they would do their jobs, they would have nothing to worry about, if they would take care of the American people in this time of great needs and pass the legislation that will keep Americans in their homes, and unemployment going until the economy rebounds and peole start to go back to work, they would have nothing to worry about. If they would make Corporations bring back the jobs they sent off shore and put Americans back to work, they would have noithing to worry about. So to this end.
    You are all to be replaced in the next elections. Go Home.
    I'd Like to see their insurance canceled, their retirements canceled.
    Being a politician was never meant to be a CAREER. We need Term Limits enacted, No American Paid Health Care for them, No Retirements. Serve your time, represent the people, then go home and back to your old job.

    February 28, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The Democrats have, at present, a forty-seat majority in the House–if the political climate remains unchanged, they're going to lose about 20 of those seats in November.

    If the Dems use reconciliation to ram their health care welfare idiocy down the throats of Americans a majority of whom don't want it, they'll likely lose 50 seats and their majority in the House; if they even try, but fail, they'll likely lose forty seats.

    February 28, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. T'SAH from Virginia

    All of the HATERS here should be PROUD that CNN allows you to POST your hate because the SAME is NOT done on FOX NEWS blogs. The far-right HATERS dominate on FOX and I could NEVER get a post there – NEVER!!!

    And to CNN – YOU have a tendency to 'sway' the responses the way you want you're POLL results to go. I cannot believe after reading the blogs thus far – the majority of the people are HATING Pelosi and/or the Democrats. What happened to bipartisan blog results????

    February 28, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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