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. Annie, Atlanta

    What, exactly, have you done for the American people, Mrs. Pelosi, or should I say other than the rich American people? Democrats and Republicans alike? There are many good points in the health care bills, but the sector that will benefit are the insurance companies. Wall Street still hasn't been regulated. They were deregulated to the point where they made made up ways to make a killing which in turn destroyed the world's economy, without a thought or care. The rich weren't getting enough with their tax cuts, deregulation, offshore jobs programs, etc.? They had to take what the middle class had, too? It's obscene. Our government has failed most of us, and is obviously making sure they do nothing to reverse what they unleashed.

    February 28, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Flo

    What is wrong with this woman!!!!!!!!She has no respect or reguard for the American people and worse than that, absolutely none for this great Country Of Ours..........................

    February 28, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Charlie, NJ

    Keep thinking that way Nancy. You will be on the outside looking in. Both parties are making me pretty sick right now.

    February 28, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Debbie

    People may not like Pelosi...she makes me nuts to watch her but that doesn't mean Pelosi will be the reason people vote for or against a candidate.

    Those who are hard core GOP will vote that way. Those who are hard core DEM will vote that way.

    It will be the situation people are in. In my state we have a GOP gov and we are failing and people are anti-business, anti-GOP. In other states I'm sure it goes the other way.

    It's those who no longer believe in the party systems, Independents and new voters that will make the difference.

    February 28, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. ron

    ...and they have about 400 billion dollars of unused stimulas (slush-fund) money to fight with. It never was to be used for (actual job creation) hence the unspent portion. Watch it get bargained out. Well, it'll be in secret, so...

    February 28, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. annie against biased news

    To sharong60 – agree with you! The week after the so-called president met with the drug companies, my son's medicene went up $100 for the month. With government rationed health care he will not even be able to get the medicene!

    February 28, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. ron

    More than anyone else in government today, Pelosi truly comes off as a power monger. She has a dictator's personality.

    February 28, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. Eric

    How can you say the GOP is blocking this? The Democrats have a SUPER MAJORITY in both the House and Senate, and they can't get it through on their own.

    February 28, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Jen

    The dems can fight all they want, but ultimately their constituents will decide what who they want representing them.

    February 28, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Jack Sturmey

    The fact that many office holders are retiring speaks volumes. When I discuss our current situation with my friends, they are angry with both parties, because Congress is frozen in partisan idiocy. The well being of the average citizen has been replaced by greed, power grabbing, and political sabotage. Do you Republicans really believe that the citizenry is so stupid that they do not see through your "make Obama fail at all costs"? Do the ultra liberals not see that the public is worried about their finances and the mounting debt that government is amassing? There is no more "public service", just self-serving maneuvering by an elected group of narcissists. I do believe the wake up call is coming. Any of you office holders who feel secure and righteously justified need to shake off the denial.

    February 28, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Clint in Houston

    Republicans like their women brain dead like Bachmann & Palin. BTW, the best Gov we have had in Texas was Ann Richards. Republican men hated her because she could ride a Harley better than those wuzzies could.

    February 28, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. insightful

    Looking at a fair sampling from this thread if the elections were held today who would win? Aha! ! Gotcha.

    February 28, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Ray E.

    Hey Pay up people. You have been voting for this the last 70 plus years. You got what you wanted didn't you? It is time to pay the bill. Keep those democrats in power. Just because you no longer have a job is no reason to give up now. Vote democrat and vote often!

    February 28, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. Bubba

    Pelosi is an amazing woman and if the Republicans in the House and Senate would just get out of the way we'd have health care now with a public option. I can't believe most people don't realize it's the Republicans that destroy the economy whenever they get in power; it's happened again and again in my life time, from Nixon and Reagen to Bushes Sr & Jr.

    I'm going to predict that Democrates GAIN seats in November; why does everyone insist the Republicans will win? They're the idiots that got us into this mess and without the stimulus we'd be in a deep depression right now.

    February 28, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Nancy, NY

    Nancy, you have bankrupted our country and now there are no jobs. Just go away.

    February 28, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Mike in MN

    Fighting for every seat? Is she for real?
    She is urging House Democrats to vote for health care reform even if it means they won't be re-elected. Is that her idea of fighting for every seat? She's a funny lady, crazy too.

    February 28, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Adelita

    Congress is like a large playground; the Republicans are the bullies, the Democrats are the little kids who squabble among themselves and can't agree on anything. I'm disgusted with the lot of them.

    February 28, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Howard levine

    I sincerely believe that the worst job in government continues to be Nancy Pelosi's husband. If the Democratic Party pushed through this health bill without some form of compromise I assure you that thePresident will be dealing with a mostly Republican Congress both in the House and Senate.

    February 28, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. jn

    How much of the "inherited deficit" mentioned so commonly by the Dems was actually generated by fighting two wars for the last 8 years (good or bad, something had to be done in that time period). Tired of all the spin.

    February 28, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. Layla

    I worked on Capitol Hill for a CA Republican many years ago when Pelosi was young, vibrant and well liked. I don't recognize her anymore. I don't think many do.

    And I think she has become a lightening rod for everything that's wrong with this administration. I wonder if the price was worth it?

    February 28, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Colorado Guy

    GO FOR IT, SPEAKER PELOSI! We must win...

    Just look at what the Republican Party did to this country throughout the last 20 years–they pillaged, plundered, and stole the wealth and pride of our great country. Republicans have poor (and selective) memories; let's keep reminding them of the Bush/Cheney years, which continue to haunt us all.

    And let's not forget our Supreme Court–it is bad as it has ever been–stuffed full of (I believe) incompetent Republican appointees.

    Question: Why is the present Supreme Court unaccountable to the American people? Why should they escape journalistic scrutiny? Methinks there is good copy for the really tough journalists out there.

    February 28, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. MatthewDetroit

    Vote NO on Health Care and You CAN keep your seat.

    VOTE NO.

    The FEW dems trying to force this bad bill are terrible.
    SAY NO

    February 28, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Brad/San Diego

    Pelosi and the demorcate has pass 300 bills without the republicians help and they are sitting in the senate because the republicans has them block, because a lot of the bills has to do with the rich and repblicans are tr ying to proect them. Look what happen on friday when Bunning said no to the poor people in regard to employment .
    The republicans do not care about the poor or the middle class only the RICH.
    I want health care passed and I don't care how they do it.

    February 28, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. PA-Pilot

    Throw them all out – democrat and republican alike. They are no different.

    February 28, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. aware

    It is time for you to go Speaker Pelosi. Your mandate did not include demagoguery! Hard work on a monster of a health bill this country does not want and cannot afford is not a plus. 🙁

    February 28, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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