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. Mark L.

    Madame Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi – You've got my Vote – ALL THE WAY !! The sole problem of the Grand Ol' Plunderers (GOP) is that they want another Great Depression. After all, that's the only thing the Republican Party is FAMOUS for under Herbert Hoover's administration. And what's more, it always took a Democrat to bail us out, as was the case under FDR's administration. Oh, and to all those conservative Republicans that think FDR was a disaster, is that why he was elected to four consecutive terms of office? Even former President Clinton rescued our economy in the 1990's. For the first time in years, Clinton left office with a Budget Surplus vs. a Deficit. Then ol' George W. Bush / Dick Cheney bring this country's economy to it's knees – Great Depression II. History shows again & again who the superior party is – The Democratic Party – ALL THE WAY !! Leave it up to the Republicans and you'll be working 'til the day you die... The Republicans even expect severely handicapped individuals, such as those suffering from Cerebral Palsey, to work & earn their own way to pay for healthcare insurance. The Republican Party is a DISGRACE in every sense of the word, plain & simple. To the Republicans, it's ALL ABOUT THE WEALTHY !!

    February 28, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Ann

    Dear Nancy,

    Please tell Harry to grow some nads and pass HCR...


    February 28, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Joe from Philly

    @Glenn Koons

    I hate to let the facts get in the way of your cogent analysis of our President's policies but:
    1. We were already in massive debt before President Obama took office, but naturally, wasteful spending only occurs under Democrats. Also, it's helpful to forget that he established a committee to find ways to reduce the deficit.
    2. Might I remind you that the most deadly attack on US soil came during the Bush administration?
    3. Facts about climate change aside, President Obama has spoken out in support of nuclear power many times (like in his State of the Union Address... you know that big speech the President gives every year?) and has approved funding for loans to build more nuclear plants.
    4. I challenge you to find a credible economist who thinks we'd be better off if the stimulus hadn't passed.
    5. We currently have a bill that would streamline the college loan process and trim off a lot of the overhead fees.
    6. Acorn will not be conducting surveys for the Census.

    February 28, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Fitz In Texas

    Turn Texas Blue February 28th, 2010 11:34 am ET

    The red tide will be swept back out to sea,along with the rednecks on this blog,and that is funny
    You must live in Austin and born in New York because you know nothing of The Great State of Texas

    February 28, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Palin Power

    2010 is when the GOP retakes congress in a filibuster proof majority and 2012 is when Sarah Palin becomes America's greatest president after crushing Obambi.

    Palin 2013-2021 will be the greatest 8 years in this country.

    February 28, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. independent

    Coffee party not Tea party. Vote progressive.

    February 28, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Sue

    Notice how Piglosi said that they were going to fight for those seats--she did not say that they were going to win them-–she said that they would "fight' for them.

    Besides the fact that the approval for Congress is now only 18%--and we all know that the Democrats have the majority in Congress--go to the Real Clear Politics site and see what Obama' s approval is now-–those who "Disapprove" is now getting ready to pass those who "Approve". Real Clear Politics posts all polls--CNN, Rasmussen, NY Times, Gallup, etc. --and comes up with an average.

    In regard to extending unemployment-–there are millions of "stimulous" dollars that have not been spent.

    It is this money that should be spent on extending unemployment benefits--not borrow/print more and increase the debt even more.

    February 28, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Costello Williams

    How come CNN doesnt talk about the how there is more people from the Republican side that are leaving office?

    February 28, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Four and The Door

    The Democrats are crippled by a fundamental misunderstanding of how to run a government, especially in America. By saying this I am being kind because otherwise they knew their actions would result in failure. I don't believe that's the case.

    Massive government spending does not recover an economy or efficiently create jobs. Can anyone today say honestly that Obama, Pelosi and Reid have not proven this? It doesn't work and the price we will pay year after year with this growing debt will cause all of us and the next generation of Americans dearly. The Stimulus Bill was a huge bet and we all lost.

    There were many other large losing bets by this Administration and congress but the one that we hurt all of us most of all will be their destruction of our health care system. This is too critical for all of us to let it be driven by special interests and more misguided ideas about how things work. We have seen what these Democrats can do and we don't need them to do to our health care what they have done to our economy.

    February 28, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Minnesota gal

    Any body and I mean any body you votes for a republican should be immediately committed. Have a mental examination and then explain why they want this country to go back to what bush did to it ..It has taken the Democrats a slow but sure road (because of the republicans filbustering at every turn, yelling for 60 votes). There are getting there. And to let us go back to the horror of the bush years means these people are certified coocoo.

    February 28, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Al in Chesapeake

    Maybe Pelosi has been playing with her spiders again.....Botox has gotten the best of her..

    February 28, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Beef King

    Obama has done less with more resources at his fingertips than any president in history. By far.
    Pelosi will be known as the worst leader of the House of Representatives in our history.
    Reid will disappear from public view as fast as possible.
    Losers all.

    February 28, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Margi in Ky

    Nancy, nancy, nancy, has the botox rotted your brain honey? It's ok maybe when your face comes back to where it belongs you'll be able to think again but what a waste of a human brain.

    I was always proud to call myself a Democrat. Voted dem, talked the talk and walked the walk. But no more. Like most voters we listen but don't keep a list of all the promise's spewed at the campagin level but when the first of them start getting broken right after the swearing in (and some swear words would have been more truthful) we, the American people started to notice and then we sat up and really took notice. You and all your back room dealing cronies should be very afraid because you have awakened a sleeping giant. Bye Bye Nancy. You'll make a lovely housewife.

    February 28, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. tim

    At this point, Democ rats are conservative progressives, and The republicans are conservative liberals. Check out the international definitions. Vote liberal 2010!

    February 28, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. republicans hate america

    it does not matter even if they have 100% of the seats they will still manage to bend to the GOP's opposition

    February 28, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Terry from West Texas

    As a fifth generation Texas, I lament for the lack of wisdom displayed by my fellow Texans. Since 1994, Texans have consistently voted for people who will lower their wages, outsource their jobs, reduce government benefits (police, fire protection, quality schools, environment, roads, etc.), increase the income of the very wealthy class, import skilled immigrant labor to take American jobs for cheaper pay, increase the cost of health care while decreasing its quality, and make college unaffordable for middle-class kids.

    Texas has sent one of the least distinguished delegations to Congress, headed by Sen. Cornyn and Sen. Hutchison. The governor of Texas is an embarrassment and a popular joke around the nation, especially now that the Mark Sanford thing is dying down a bit. The State Legislature is firmly controlled by oil, gas, real estate, and global corporations.

    Those Texans who hope that other Texans will vote for someone who will actually try to make life better for all Texans are delusional. Most Texans, especially fundamentalist Christian Texans, vote for the candidate who talks old-time religion, waves the flag, wears cowboy boots, and wears tailor-made $2,000 suits.

    Back in 1860, Governor Sam Houston tried to warn Texans not to join secede and join the Confederacy. You will lose and you will suffer for it, said old Sam, who had fought the war of independence, made Texas a nation, served as its first President, led Texas into the Union, and served as its first Senator. The ungrateful voters, who were mostly newcomers from Alabama and Tennessee, wouldn't listen to him. In the end, we see that Sam was right – as usual – and they were wrong.

    Now we have a secessionist governor who has the IQ of a toaster oven, but he wears boots and yells "wahoo!" every now and then and that is good enough for those good, stubborn, granite-skulled, sweet-hearted, and politically moronic Texans.

    You can put Texas in the red column. Texans prefer horse-thieves in fancy suits to an honest man who tries to do good.

    February 28, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Turn Texas Blue

    @Fitz.I was born here little fella and Annie was the best.You my friend must have been the carpet baggers like Bush gang.

    February 28, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Brad - CA

    "Everything the party has done?"

    Dream on Nancy. Come November, the voters are going to tear incumbents of both parties apart. Your party is as worthless, meaningless and inconsequential as the other. There's no such thing as a democrat or a republican any longer; you have destroyed yourselves with your own self-interests

    February 28, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Jan

    First, I'd like to say that I think Candy Crowley is doing a great job.
    I loved John King as host of State of the Union so I was a bit concerned, but she was excellent.
    (And now I can't wait to see John King's new show.)

    Anyway, regarding Speaker Pelosi's comment that the American people's "poll" will be in November and let the chips fall where they may... President Obama had the identical sentiment on Thursday. And, I agree, this is what elections are all about.

    Barack Obama was elected with the promise that he would reform our health care system, which we ALL agree needs to be reformed.

    I'm for health care reform.
    The GOP is blocking it.
    Americans will each vote again in November.
    May the best philosophy win.

    As far as I can tell, the only idea is that the GOP supports is starting all over on health care. I guess that's because they didn't bother to address it when they were in control of our government for the last decade.

    Instead, they promoted the largest expansion of government in my lifetime, they did away with PAY-GO, they blew the only budget surplus in decades by giving out tax cuts for the very wealthiest via reconciliation, they invaded another country under false pretenses and under emergency budgetary rules, and they finally brought us to the brink of the second Great Depression as they and their Party's leader were being run out of office

    We have now experienced "Compassionate Conservatism."
    Compassionate Conservatism is an utter failure.

    In fact, it's a MYTH. "Compassionate Conservatism" was nothing more than a handy-dandy campaign slogan.

    Unfortunately, the Tea Baggers only really understand teeny-tiny sound bites that are nothing more than political campaign slogans. They can't figure out who was in charge when Big Government burst its seams.

    It was the GOP, stupid!

    The November election... ?
    Bring it on!

    February 28, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. annie s

    And I plan to fight with you, Madam Speaker. The Democratic agenda MUST prevail if America is going to survive.

    February 28, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Doug

    As a democrat who elected President Obama and have watched him waste 13 months of his term, you are wrong. I have to think that even the people of California are mad. NO JOBS, NO VICTORY, is the new battle cry, sure you can get unemployment while your mighty Congressional Pension kicks in, but you will be gone like the sunset.

    February 28, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. B

    Apparently it doesn’t really mater wether they have a majority or not , they can’t get anything done because the "want them to fail" Republicans block it all!

    Do away with the Filibuster and pass some legislation for America!

    February 28, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. evman

    As someone who voted for Obama, I can honestly say I can't stand Pelosi, she comes across as an arrogant phony. There are many people better suited for this position in the Democratic party. Still don't trust Republicans.

    February 28, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Clifford in New York

    Nick San Diego: Iraq? Were was the lie? Try and Google "yellow cake in Iraq". We don't "torture"? Sticking a cattle prod up your ass is torture! Water boarding is not torture,9/11 was! Your Liberal tendencies are why the Democrats have been going down to defeat. Obama knows this and that's one of the reasons the why he just signed an extention to Bush's Patriot Act! Try using that gray matter in between your ears for something other than farting! Your state of California is in a big financial hole because of the unions and Liberal policies! Go ahead a keep following the lie it'll be lights out in November! New Rassmussen poll out today; Obama approval rating is down to 40%!!

    February 28, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. Texas Jack

    You people who think the Democrats are fighting to get you better insurance better think again. They are out to completely destroy Medicare making it bear the burden of the health cost. They have already stolen the funds these people paid into Social Security and now to attack the pension people by taxing them again on their Social Security Benefits is triple taxing them. These people should be ran out of the White House on a rail. No way after fifty years will I ever be a Democrat again. I was ignorant once but look whose running the show now. Obama, Pelosi(who is a complete moron) and Reid. Please let someone in the country have some sense and get rid of these people and the ones who support them. The funny part is THAT MOST OF THESE SUPPORTERS ARE THE ONES WHO WILL BE HURT THE WORSE. HA. HA

    February 28, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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