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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  1. Perusing-through


    Now if only the "pink kitty Democrats" can grow a pair.

    February 28, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Elliott Carlin

    Pelosi is a whack job.

    Obama sends more to Afghanistan
    Obama spends more and puts us in greater debt
    Obama keeps Guantanamo open..
    Obama extends the Patriot Act.

    Where are the lefties who couldn't get enough of bashing Bush???

    LOL at libs.
    Silly people
    And gullible.

    February 28, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. DC Observer

    Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the Democrats will enlist the aid of every state and government employee and every union member to retain control. Those are the very constitutents that are bankrupting every state, city, and town with their lifetime pensions and benefits which average 25-100 times the amount of wages and benefits they got while working. When a 6 year city employee in Massachusetts making $42,000 a year gets fired and is awarded lifetime free medical coverage for her family which will cost the city $1,000,000, it does not take a mental giant to do the math and realize the current benefit system which the Democrats wish to continue to stay in office will rather quickly bankrupt a good number of cities, towns, and states. Democrats who rely on the support of these union and public sector folks lack the courage to make the required changes for fear of losing the very support that keeps them in office. Such is current foundation on which the Democratic party is built, and how it has survived. Dems make a public pitched battle against Wall Street bonues if $100,000 when this is ja small % of the cost of the union wokers. The Democrats would rather stay in office; and take us all down with the ship rather than tell the truth and do the right thing – and stop the madness.

    We need a different political landscape at the federal and State level other than the GOP and Dems – we tried unsuccessfully the Independent Party, the Green Party, the socialist party and the Libertarian Party. It is time for a new approach - perhaps the Term Limit Party; or maybe the NO UNIONS IN GOVERNMENT PARTY

    February 28, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Hasta la vista !

    The Democrats are on their way out. It will be so nice when Pelosi and Reid are retired later this year. But we're stuck with Obama for another 3 years.

    February 28, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Dean

    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.

    Yes by all means tell the people how much you have put them in debt and how successful your bailouts have been andhow many jobs you have created or saved. Then start packing.

    February 28, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. tess

    a bigger fool would be hard to find than pelosi – and considering we're talking about washington and all the democrats – that is really saying something! what a pitiful joke – time to really clean house and send every last one of them home where they have to get a job an work for a change – now that's change i can believe in.

    February 28, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Fed Up

    Keep talking Nancy. You are going to shove the health care bill down our throats, as you have stated. Obama is right. November will tell whether we like your strong arm tactics or not. He is also going to shove the health care bill down our throats. Keep shoving. The American people will speak. Vote 'em in. Vote 'em out!

    February 28, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Sentinel1946

    GOP Legacy: The masses are expendable for the benefit of the wealthy minority....

    February 28, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Aunt Bea and Opie

    We will vote for Nancy and fund her too.She has done a find job under extreme conditions.We will never go back to voting in extreme rightwing jihadists that care only of their party before our country.

    February 28, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Sentinel1946

    Republican Legacy: The Glorification of Lying, Slander, Political Perversion....

    February 28, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Sentinel1946

    Republican Legacy: The glorification of lunacy....

    February 28, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. denise quinton

    I have just changed party affiliation to Independent and will do everything in my power to suppport every Republican running for office in any position. The DNC, specifically Nancy Pelos and Harry Reid, are unaware of or dont care what the American people think. They have their own personal agenda. They will be ousted as well as most of the Democrats serving in office.......cannot wait till elections....wish we could re elect another President as well!

    February 28, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. GI Joe

    The dems seem to have an intelligent, hard-working woman as a lightening rod.

    The repubs seem to have an unintelligent, nitwit, sex-symbol as a lightening rod.

    February 28, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    I sure both sides will love bashing each other over this, but the truth is there is no difference if you vote Democrat or Republican Liberal or Conservative. We will get the same we have always received from big brother, the people who can attract the billions required to be elected are not getting that money from the people. Both of these parties are bought and paid for by the Special interest groups, PACs, Unions, Wall Street, banking, global Corporations are all contributing billions to re-election funds that undermine the people's representation
    I say in 2010 ask who is funding your representative? Look to see where the money is coming from? If the money comes from outside your district then who do you think they will represent if they are elected or re-elected? We need to bring these professional politicians back into line.
    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    February 28, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. mike

    If the "dream team" of politicians would have had the people in the front of their thoughts, they wouldn't have to be "fighting" for every seat. 70%. 70% of the population doesn't want government controlled health care. However, they keep saying it's what the people want. Which people? the people who have a "do for me" mentality? Enough is enough America. The system is broke. The Dems and Reps are full of agendas and propaganda. One wants your money, one wants your freedom. What a choice huh?

    February 28, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. New Age Independent

    Democrats like Pelosi are the number one reason why I left their party. Not to say that the Republicans are great, they certainly have issues, but the Democrat leadership are completely clueless and care only for power.

    They are completely driven by lobbyists and big business even more so than the Republicans. They've made deals with Pharmacy companies and stood against lower drug costs for everyone.

    They railed against Republican spending, yet they enact the largest debt causing legislation in the history of our government. Their only answer is to tax and tax us into oblivion while placing us and the government even further in debt. Do Democrats care so little for us all?

    February 28, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. joe smith

    when the inside the beltway boys/girls find it more compelling to chase a doctor in Canada over some hgh; instead of tackling the real, rubber meets the road issues, like Rangel, AIG, wall street thieves, then she surely will be fighting for every seat..one thing as sure as the white driven snow..their days in DC are numbered, and a new dawn is about to awaken in America, no thanks to any of them..

    February 28, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. jake

    republicans are idiots, two face crooks! they are the ones that put this great country in the mess its in today.

    February 28, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. Hal

    The moment that congress can eliminate the label of democratic/republican and get away from this ideologue is
    when we can move forward and take care of the best interests of our citizenry

    February 28, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. strong

    Political verbal gobbledy-gook as usual. Nothing will change and nothing good in store for the average ppl, so don't go expecting any!

    February 28, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. southern cousin

    I saw some of the most amazing comments regarding the first anniversary of the TEA party on the ticker yesterday. In additiona to the usual racist name calling (a standard liberal ploy). I saw this whacked out comment where the writer wished all the Republicans and TEA party members would die. The liberal class warfare tactic may actually be about ready to bear fruit and still wackos like Pelosi and Obozo keep at it. I find it repulsive that I am threatened with death by a drug crazed liberat for wanting to hold on to the money I earn rather than spend it on supporting some weirdo product of the NEA sponsored education system that can't find a job. I thought the liberal "Great Society" program we spent $3 Trillion on already was supposed to eliminate poverty, but it went to union bosses.

    February 28, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. GI Joe

    Hey righties - he is NOT slashing medicare – he's cutting waste and the high cost HMO-like medicare plus which is free, but pays for more (taxpayers pick up the "free" part).

    Most medicare recipients pay a small monthly fee. medicare plus does NOT.

    February 28, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |

    ATTENTION TO ALL DEMOCRATS WRITING HERE. It is no use trying to change the republicans mind's ( if they have one ) the are so hung up on rush and his hate spewing ilk that they will never listen to reason. the faux news only crowd are a bunch of brain washed morons. they will never change even when their party is dragging them down they think that they are going up.stupid is as stupid does.

    February 28, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. jake

    no tess a bigger fool isn't that hard to find. all you have to do is find bush,palin,rush or glen. see you don't have to look far!

    February 28, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. catmomtx

    John D: February 28th, 2010 10:26 am ET

    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

    And there in lies the problem. The Republicans have convinced you gullible people that it is only shiftless and lazy minorities, drug addicts, illegal immigrants and young people who don't give a darn about buying health insurance. Take a challenge and investigate for yourself what people are without affordable health care. You would probably be surprised to find out how many people work full time at jobs that don't pay for health care. A lot of people work two or more part time jobs or are hired as temporary employees that don't pay benefits. That means not only do they not get health care, they don't get sick days or holiday pay. We won't even need to mention those with pre existing conditions do we? Besides the fact that you are already paying for health care for those you consider that are not worthy of using your tax dollars.

    Oh, and by the way talk about abusing the entitlement programs. Did you know many people over 60 who need nursing home care or help in their homes which often times comes from Medicaid hire attorneys to hide their money so they can become eligible for Medicaid? They do this so they can use your tax dollars to pay for their care while saving their resources to give to their children who are to busy to help them. Oh and by the way the people who hire attorneys are people who have a lot of resources and could well afford to pay for some care.

    You know, I hate that my tax dollar are going to fund a war started based on lies but you people never seem to have problems with your tax dollars being used to fight wars, or to pay corporate welfare do you?

    We get the country we are willing to pay for. The idea that our country can continue to cut taxes is crazy ! The cost of living constantly goes up and the cost of running our country constantly keeps going up. You can not run a country as great as ours by steadily reducing taxes. Keep doing that and this country WILL become a third world country. Some Americans need to stop being so selfish, especially while they enjoy all the benefits we get from our tax dollars.

    February 28, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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