October 18th, 2010
06:22 PM ET
12 years ago

Pelosi in rare campaign stump appearance

(CNN) - In a rare campaign trail appearance, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi touted the Obama administration's legislative successes while blasting Republicans for wanting a return to "Bush administration policies" in a Monday speech to the United Steel Workers 'Women of Steel' conference in Pennsylvania.

"We must win this election," Pelosi told the crowd, which cheered and held up signs with the slogan 'Best Speaker ever.'

During the half hour speech, Pelosi defended the passage of the stimulus bill, saying that while many jobs were lost, unemployment would be worse if the bill had not been passed.

She also addressed GOP criticisms of the Obama administration as something "Republicans think might pay off for them politically," but in the long run "will not pay off for working families"

Throughout her speech, Pelosi returned to the the theme of criticizing the Bush administration.

"Republicans say if they took over they would go back to the exact same agenda," Pelosi said at one point. "We are not going back."

Associating with Pelosi and administration policies such as the health care bill has been seen by some Democrats as a negative during an election season where the last thing any candidate wants is to be seen as inside Washington.  Members of Pelosi's own party have even run ads distancing themselves from the speaker.

But during her speech, Pelosi promoted the passage of the health care bill as a major victory for the Democrats and said, "it certainly would not have happened without Barack Obama."

Telling the crowd that Republicans would fight to repeal the bill, Pelosi asked supporters to "protect it as the Democratic victory it is in November."

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) responded to Pelosi remarks in a statement:

"This is not as much a rallying cry as it is a party leader frantically lashing out as the gavel continues to slip out of her hands," NRCC spokesman Paul Lindsey said in the statement.

"Speaker Pelosi is clearly as oblivious to the pulse of her own caucus as she is to the mood of the electorate that is prepared to send her a message in November."

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Wow, go Pelosi. It's nice to remember their are still female politicians in the spotlight who aren't campaigning for money and fame, like Palin and O'Donnell.

    October 18, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    Throughout her speech, Pelosi returned to the the theme of criticizing the Bush administration.
    This is predictable. Pathetic that this is the best campaign strategy they could come up with. But predictable.
    It's also interesting that her best defense of one of the most expensive pieces of legislation ever perpetrated on the American taxpayer ( the Stimulus Bill ) is not by what it did, but what she postulates would have happened if it did not get passed. That is very weak. And sad.

    October 18, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Go get 'em Nancy!

    October 18, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. barry

    Not only will Pelosi not only be in the front seat of the car she won't get to set in the back seat either. Nancy will be in the trunk where she belongs. What a pathetic loser. She loses her job, Reid completely loses his , and Obama loses his in2012. We need Hillary to come in and clean this mess they have created up. Hillary your country needs you!

    October 18, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans will repeal the 21st Century and trust me, they are working real hard to do so. Please don't help them.

    October 18, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. S. in California

    Finally a democrat who knows ALL the accomplishments of the Obama Administration and is PROUD of them. Take that!

    October 18, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    If the deadbeat Senate had a pulse and was ran as effectively as Pelosi's House of Rep's...things would be a whole lot better. Too many deadbeat traitors in the Senate. Bye-bye Evan Bayh...good timing for you to retire and there are several other backstabbers in the Senate that will probably lose their seats. Turn your back on the President and be a spineless wimp...watch how quickly you will lose.

    October 18, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. mj

    Just have to wonder how much she had to pay for the signs! What a joke – "We have to pass it before we see what is in it." Doesn't Obama understand we have have real problems? He is off on his constant campaigning mode (what he does best), while millions are without jobs, facing losing their homes, no insurance, and major terrorist threats exist in France that will, in all likelihood, affect the United States . He doesn't get it and never will. Obama is now saying Americans do not understand. Please tell me what I am missing? I do understand what has happened over the last 2 years. Obama is destroying our Country as we once knew it to be. Should also give this "lack of honor" to Pelosi and Reid.

    October 18, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. ron

    It's good to see a speaker who stands up for American workers, and not like the GOP who want jobs going to China, for their cheap labor, and no labor and environmental laws.

    October 18, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. 15 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    Egads... the sight of this ugly witch makes me sick. This scumball has run the House for 4 years and brought disaster to this country. I have news for this idiot. Bush is just as popular now as Obozo! This pathetic waste of air and space can't run down their list of "accomplishments" because EVERY ONE OF THEM IS OPPOSED BY A MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I guess they will blame that on Bush too right?

    The DemocRATS have shown the country what they are all about and the country will REJECT IT in November. This country never voted for a change to a socialist state.

    And the best part of a Republican takeover of the House will be that Pelosi's ugly face will stop appearing on the Ticker! Now THAT is change I can believe in!

    October 18, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. Jon from Madison

    Pelosi will win her re-election. It is San Francisco. She will, however, not be the Speaker of the House.

    October 18, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. T'SAH from Virginia

    [But during her speech, Pelosi promoted the passage of the health care bill as a major victory for the Democrats and said, "it certainly would not have happened without Barack Obama."]

    This is what ALL of the Democrats should have been campaigning on. I knew this from the start that if the Democrats did not get out there and STATE their CASE and accomplishments, it was going to BACKFIRE!!!

    The RepubliCAN'Ts are using the Democrats DESERTION as part of their campaign. The Democrats once again deserted the BASE and now are asking us to get out and VOTE for them!!!

    I don't care at this point. I feel that my vote is VERY IMPORTANT in this race and I am going to VOTE – no matter what!!! If you THINK about it – the RepubliCAN'Ts are doing it!!!!!

    Democrats – PLEASE GET OUT AND VOTE in 2010 – 2012 is not here yet and we must keep our position NOW!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    October 18, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. Monster Zero

    Best Speaker Ever.... This Congress and Speaker have the lowest approval rating since the 40's. This Administration has been a train wreck and me thinks November will be a month to remember in infamy. We are going to FIRE Pelosi and send her back to the land of nuts and fruits...where she can go fly a kite instead of a multi-million dollar tax payer funded jet!

    October 18, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  14. Barry

    pelosi is a disaster.

    October 18, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. Sam




    October 18, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. Jacob

    I agree! Best Speaker Ever! The old Republican white men can't unleash all of their pent up frustrations on Hillary Clinton anymore, so they've turned to Nancy Pelosi. It's pathetic!

    October 18, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. D. Bunker

    Pelosi has more "huevos" than most male politicians. Other than "taking (Bush's) impeachment off the table" I give her a lot of credit, especially for pointing out the obvious: The GOBP "emperor" has no clothes. Those deluded cultists simply want to return to their favorite nonsense about tax cuts for the rich, deregulation and global (unfair) trade. Their tired disproven ideas have nothing to offer Main St. America. Electing them would be like hiring a pedophile to run a preschool of the captain of the Titanic to run a cruise ship. If you liked the ditch they drove America into last time, you'll LOVE the canyon they're aiming for now.

    October 18, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. stufthis

    Nancy is the best! I am damn proud of her for standing up to the Fox republican party's attack on her 24/7. As the most powerful woman in American politics, she has taken a lot of crap from the right wingnuts at Fox as they are afraid of intelligent women.

    October 18, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. vic nashville tn

    we won't fire you

    October 18, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  20. Bob in Pa

    Lady, we don't want "Bush Administration Policies" ! We want FREEDOM.
    Freedom of Speech.
    Freedom from Oppression.
    Freedom from Government Oppression.
    Freedom of Press.
    Freedom to control our own destiny.

    October 18, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. Time Grows Short

    Pelosi is a very frightening person, in many many respects.

    October 18, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. keepstuffingthis

    The botox is startng to fail, she looks absolutely terrible. Her face is the one that launched the turn to the right of this great ship of state after it almost ran on the rocks with an inept, incompetent, corrupt, lying, union toady captain at the helm that the maritime union promoted over the competent and more experienced captain. This peg legged fool with Steny Hoyer on her shoulder squawking is about to be thrown overboard.

    October 18, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  23. Danny Cali

    I agree..........! Vote for Tea Party and GOP is Vote for Bush administration last 8 years and cause Americans have not job no food on the table. Just say "NO" to the Party of Big "NO" and "NO".

    October 18, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |