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. Nick San Diego

    OH yea everybody lets go back to a Hastert or DeLay.There are two winners for you.

    February 28, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. ToThePoint

    Too bad that to vote Pelosi out we all have to vote for GOP. If the DEM just send these three stooges (Pelosi, Frank, Reid) home, then they will have a chance.

    February 28, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. stormerF

    Keep up the Un-savory dealing,when Florida,Louisiana,and Connecticut get favors on the backs of the rest of the Tax Payers and you will see how the Demos do in the Nov Polls.... Why would the Rest of the American Tax Payers want to pay for those three states to have an advantage in Helath care,with this Obamacare bill proposed by the secret back stabbing deals.

    February 28, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. mark

    repus are mad because,they never seen this types of speed before.they can't meet up Obama's speed,they are so yesterday while Obama is so 21first century.I wish the Dems will wake up and stop allowing the repubs think they are making any sense through the elections.Dems need to come out again and speak for America through the elections.Nancy Pelosi is right,and I wish Dems have more people with backbone like her.

    February 28, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. ToThePoint

    Sam sixpack: You liberals keep saying that Bush was a liar! Well.................what did he lie about? You never really give any details!!
    Sam, you have such a short memory or selective memory (like someone from your party said so). Just look at what Obama has promised and what he has done. It's a mountain of lies.

    February 28, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Johnny K

    All the Republicans care is about power and getting reelected. They do not want Health Reform or for Obama to succeed. It is about power and getting re-elected. Oh ya remember how much they were for Reconcilliation when their man Bush was in office before they were against it when the Deomcrats gained the White House. they will once again be for reconciliation. It is sad.......

    February 28, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. ToThePoint

    Tim February 28th, 2010 9:15 am ET

    Top Dem? Top Dumb!

    Top Clueless Top Wacko Top Incompetent. The DEM better gets smart and gets rid of Pelosi, Reid, and Frank.

    February 28, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. c spurgeon

    And they have to move forward and get stuff done including making C Rangel step down. Don't put up with crooks like that for a minute. Term limits are the answer.

    February 28, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. Illinoistom

    I must have missed something here. Exactly what have you done, Nancy? Other than make 80% of likely voters disapprove of Congress.

    February 28, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. ToThePoint

    Independent One February 28th, 2010 9:14 am ET

    I really like Nancy, She is smart, strong and the repubs hate her for this
    We don't hate her, we just see she is an embarassment to the country. You must have a GED or not even first grade to see any smart out of this woman except crook and greed.

    February 28, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Jeff, TX

    @Clifford in NY, let's start with WMD.
    A bit afield from the subject at hand, but since you asked, I felt compelled to reply.

    February 28, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Larry

    Maybe it is the same as:

    Why Americans have lost faith and hope in obama

    Close Guantanomo in a year – LIE
    Most transparent administration – LIE
    pass stimulus unemploument under 8% – LIE
    Healthcare Debate on CSPAN – LIE
    Won't raise taxes on middle class – LIE
    Will END porkbarrel earmarks – LIE
    Will work across party lines – LIE
    Will not have lobbyists in admin – LIE
    Be a President for all Americans – LIE
    etc. etc. etc. LIE LIE L

    February 28, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Terry from West Texas

    The battle is not between Democrats and Republicans. The battle is between Conservatism and Freedom. The Democrats in Congress are about one-third liberals, one-third Conservative, and one-third who don't care how they vote as long as they keep the job. The Republican leaders are 100% Conservative.

    If Conservatism has its way, Americans will become tenant workers in their own nation, which will be owned by global corporations and a very tiny, very wealthy class. Now this is not what Conservative voters are voting for, but Conservative leaders don't care what Conservative voters want any more than they care what Liberal voters want.

    Doesn't it seem strange to Conservative voters that the guys you elect never reduce the size of government, always increase the deficit ($8 trillion added by Reagan, Bush, and Bush), always outsource your jobs, never do anything about immigration, always approve bills that would admit more highly skilled immigrant workers, always oppose higher wages as if high wages were unpatriotic, never display the Eagle Scout morality that they pretend to, never fail to take a bribe, never do anything about the sanctity of marriage, never submit a flag-burning amendment, and never doubt that you will vote for them again?

    Conservatism: The Big Con

    February 28, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Little Tommy

    If we let the Republicans take control again, after the mess they left, we will have nobody to blame but ourselves. The Republicans just about destroyed our Republic. Keep the "Party of No" on the sidelines where they belong and we'll all be better off.

    February 28, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Interesting choice of words Nancy. I would hope that some seats were secure and wouldn't require fighting for!

    February 28, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Doreen

    Bush and the Republicans were the ones who destroyed our country; they left Obama a mess beyond proportions, and Obama and the Democrats are doing a fantastic job in cleaning up the Republican mess.
    Just like Bill Clinton had to clean up the Republican mess. Clinton left Bush a surplus and Bush squandered it on an unnecessary war and helping his Wall Street and oil cronies.

    I am sure that the American people will not forgot that it was the Republicans who ran our country into the ground.

    February 28, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |

    Larry you have been watching faux news again. pelosi is third in line for the presidency. it is mandated that she have the plane that she has. wise up .

    February 28, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. John D

    Pelosi is in LALA land just like the rest of left wing dingers. I am not going to stand by and allow my hard earned dollars be taxed to death so that all you people who gambled witrh your health, lived above your means, and basically abused the entitlement system. I intend to fight every step of the way and we will win not you lazy abusive gamblers.

    February 28, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. aliou

    IF you don't pass a single payer healthcare reform, just know that we would have no choice but to vote for new dems as a message to all dems, as to our discontent.

    Of course republicans would never get my vote after this difficult year and their obstructionist attitude in our times of difficulty when this difficulty was their doing.

    Every dem who doesn't vote for the single payer healthcare reform would have just one term in office. But republicans wouldn't have any vote from me.

    Dems would have one term until they are able to stand up for us. AT least, dems want to be on the side of the people. Not the rich and big corporations.
    They can't do it because republicans have the money and the media to prevent their every move.

    So I am going to work on removing republicans from office and dems who are not taking risk for us. And that until the congress has enough votes to pass our laws and redress our economy in all fairness without the obstructions of the republicans, and the weakness of the dems who want to tango for cooporation game alone.

    February 28, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. Scott, Tucson

    A majority of Americans do not want obama care in it's current form, if he and his Dems do the reconciliation bit tomorrow than come November, more democratic seats will be lost in the Senate and Congress.

    And can any liberal here explain why you will give a free pass to obama and his democratic congress in their quest to slash Medicare which is in this bill? If a Republican were to announce so much as cutting one dime out of the Medicare budget you would all be screaming murder!

    February 28, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. aliou

    We need to hear from the chief : a Powerful president who would stand for us and a powerful congress who would stand up for us rather than bow down to bullies.

    February 28, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Thank God Obama is a failed experiment and we will not have to be nauseated by his Socialist rhetoric after this embarrassing term...and only less than a year for Pelosi. Ain't life grand.

    February 28, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. catmomtx

    And, just like they did with Bill Clinton, eight years and 80 million dollars trying to destroy him. If Republicans payed half as much attention trying to do things to help our country rather than trying to destroy the President how much better off would our country be?

    February 28, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |

    If all you ideotic republicans and lets include consertives in case you do not claim to be republican get off your knees from kissing rush's but and tune to some thing besides faux news you just might learn some thing. when you have people like beck, palin, limbaugh and the rest of the talking heads. you will continue to get all this garbage. if you believe that the republican party is for the working and middle class then you need critical medical help.

    February 28, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. TCM

    "...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....”

    Nancy, you loon, the reason you're fighting for every seat...is because of what you've done for the "American people..." You and the rest of the liberals can best serve the country by leaving office, shutting up, and hiding in a dark closet....

    February 28, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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