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. Fitz In Texas

    Terry from West Texas February 28th, 2010 12:17 pm ET

    As a fifth generation Texas, I lament for the lack of wisdom displayed by my fellow Texans.
    Every notice that folks that post these kind of comments are always "fifth generation Texas". Makes ya kind of wonder if they're even a true born Texan. I suspect many came to Texas in the last few years after being born somewhere else.

    February 28, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. BEN

    the dems put themselves out of office and the odds are 5-2 that they will lose big time in noc.

    February 28, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. JK

    Scott from Houston....Either you are for Reconcilliation or against it. Republicans use it to pass their agenda however when Democrats try the same thing they cry foul. It is unfair and you know it.....

    February 28, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. leonardofru

    Dems own the House, Senate, and White House and they are incapable of passing this thing in an honest process. Must be George Bush's fault I tell ya !

    February 28, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Sue

    Obama, Pelosi, and Reid have destroyed the Democratic Party.

    They are now trying to force out all of the moderate, sane, blue dog Democratic politicians--to replace them with the liberal, socialists/marxists from the loony left.

    I am an Independent. However, even moderate Dems do not like what they are seeing/hearing now. My family voted Democrat their entire lives, and even they are now frightened about what is happening in our country. These are NOT JFK Democrats in office--these are socialists/marxists/communists (pick your descriptive term).

    In the 2010 and 2012 elections-–moderate Dems might not vote for Republicans-–but they WILL stay home.

    The majority of Independents do NOT support liberal, loony left policies. Therefore, they will be voting WITH the Republicans AGAINST the Democrats. The Independents are the largest voting block in the country, and you do NOT win elections without the Independents.

    The Democrats are going to get clobbered in the 2010 elections.

    February 28, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Greg

    You have to give the Repubs some respect. They have followed a plan of defeating every single proposal Obama has initiated since day one. The only power they have now is to try to make the Dems look like they have accomplised nothing. Obama tried to reach out and now looks like a fool for trying to be bi-partisian. The Repubs have not intention whatsoever to give the American people healthcare, as evidenced by total lack of a senate plan. They were happy to continue the tax breaks for the rich, help for corporate America and the banks and do nothing for middle class and poor Americans, because now we have to save money. Such a sham, unortunate thay many lower intelligence people are convinced to vote against their own best interest by voting for these hypocrits. The NO plan will sadly cost some Dems seats this year, because of the seeming inaction which was caused by the Republicans, so some of their goals will be accomplised, but now the Dems and Obama have wised up, ready to pass bills via reconciliation to defeat the party of NO and help the American people as they were elected. In the long run, when the eoncomy is better soon and jobs are created and healthcare is passed the Dems will have the last laugh, at the expense of obstructionist, do-nothing Republicans.

    February 28, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. JK

    James in Florida...You Republicans don't ' like it when Democrats fight back do you. We are fed up after 8 years of Republican rule which nearly put the country into a depression. Those are the facts. As much as you Neo cons don't like it.... your party only knows how to drive the economy into the ground....

    February 28, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. MVDCT

    The Democrat Party could care less about me or you. This whole drive to ram this disaster down our throats is driven by its fear of the liberal bloggers out there. It's still amazes me how they're so wedded to the idea that if they don't do anything to satisfy this small minority of Americans that actually watch Coundown and read DailyKos, they're toast in November.

    February 28, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Corey

    Nice to know Pelosi is worried about the election and not actually accomplishing anything in Congress. Sounds about right.

    February 28, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Chip Delano

    I am in constant amazement that the democrats and the democrats supporters continue to blame the GOP for holding up Healthcare Reform. The democrats own all three houses of government...they didn't need the GOP. And still they try to blame the GOP.

    February 28, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Scott, Tucson

    Whats ironic is that after obama's win last year she and the other far left loons of the democratic party must have thought any election would be a easy shoe in for them. Now Pelosi and obama are pretty much telling their people to vote for obamacare even if it means losing their seat in 2010 and 2012. We will see how many plan to fall on their swords for obama and Pelosi to claim a small victory for these two.

    February 28, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. LetsBeCivil

    To all of you that are down on the Democrats and Washington in general: How do you know what our national representatives have and have not accomplished? There is so much intentionally absolutely false information on the networks, the cable channels, in emails and on websites, radio, .... how could you possibly know. I am retired so I have time to do the research and there is such an intentionally effort to mislead for political purposes that it is downright impossible to determine the facts. If you listen to one source, it is highly likely you are being totally mislead.

    February 28, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. USN

    Not FOR but TO. Trillions in debt and nothing to show for it but a Dem slush fund . And bought and paid for union support.

    February 28, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. Barbara Hoffmann

    This statement by Pelosi shows just how out of touch she is with the American public. Has she looked at the polls recently? I think there is going to be a tremendous backlash against the Democrats and Obama based on their push for an unpopular Health Care bill, and unbridled spending. Who does she think she is fooling? I guess time will tell. See you in November!

    February 28, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Beachbum3

    The one main thing that you are overlooking madam speaker is that you might have been working hard for the american people but as of yet yoou havent produced one single hard bill out of the congress that actually accomplished one real thing to actually benefit the american people. I think the american people are getting feed up with not relizing any real results out of congress for the ameican people. You an the congress need to start to getting something accomplished to demostrate to the american people just how hard you are working for the people dont just talk us to death about how hard you'll are working for us show us instead. a lifelong democrat thank you

    February 28, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. JM

    RE: the new Crowley show, I could not tell the politics of the last two guests (which is good), with the exception of comments such as "if we don't pass this." I would prefer fair and balanced, and it seemed fairly balanced, but a bit lightweight on early questions for Pelosi. As a right-leaning but pro-choce Independent, I still have problems comprehending the thinking that if Dems pass health care, people will view it positively, that 'they have done something," when it is a 'something' that very few people want. Seems like pretty odd logic to me!! It's STILL JOBS JOBS JOBS.

    February 28, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. the REAL chris hansen

    I find it absolutely amazing how quickly the dems want throw money around when we DONT have it! America is in a recession and there is talk of the goverment going bankrupt. How is a TRILLION dollar health care bill going to do anything if the government is too broke to afford it 3 years down the road?

    February 28, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. FactCheck

    You wing-nut continue to amaze with your lack of even basic reading comprehension. Paul Ryan's plan for privatizing Medicare involves providing vouchers for health care for the elderly but the vouchers WILL NOT INCREASE IN VALUE commensurate with the cost of health care. Can you say "death panel"? Probably not because Fox News hasn't told you to say it.

    February 28, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. max

    Let's see remember Ted Kennedy's Mass. senate seat now owned by a repub. The 2010 election will be worse for the dems than the 1994 election. The dems have made their beds and now have to lie in them.

    February 28, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Would someone please name one good Republican idea that has helped the country in the last 18 months? Don't give me any garbage about "the Dems won't listen to our ideas". The only thing the Reps have been saying is the same old mantra of less gov't and more tax cuts, the very ideas that have gotten us into this mess. People may not like the Dems, but they despise the GOP. Think the Dems will lose some seats but not control of either House or Senate. "No" is not an idea, it's a lack of ideas.

    February 28, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |

    Pelosi defends one of the most corrupt politicians in Washington – Charles Rangel. It's no big a deal to her – it's "not a matter of national security".

    Disgusting and blatant Dem hypocrisy on display for all to see.

    February 28, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. JD

    Here's my prediction for 2010: Every Democrat who votes for the abomination that is 0bamacare will find themselves standing side by side with the constituents in the Unemployment Line.

    This is what happens when real unemployment is at 20+% and all the Democrats care about is their pet projects and spending everyone else's moey like drunken sailors.

    February 28, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. Sadee K

    As far as i can see, both parties are trash. About 90% of Senators need to go. Wisdom doesn't come with age. We've all seen that. Term limits need to be inposed.

    I've always voted Independent. It's the only way to get incompetents booted.

    Sadee/ Michigan.

    February 28, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Linda

    The Democrats are perpetually unable to see the difference between helping someone and controlling them. Americans historically do not like being controlled and are pushing back against it. What I think remains to be seen is how much of America has been re-populated with people who don't value that and truly are looking for a more European type government.

    February 28, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. jean

    I have no use for any of the politicians in Washington these days – they are all a disgrace however this woman is particularly offensive in so many ways. I hope San Francisco wakes up and sends her packing.

    February 28, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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