November 5th, 2010
01:20 PM ET
11 years ago

Pelosi is running for Minority Leader amid calls for her to step down

Washington (CNN) - Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she will run for minority leader, even as some moderate and conservative Democrats have said she should step aside. Pelosi made the announcement on Twitter: "Driven by the urgency of creating jobs & protecting #hcr, #wsr, Social Security & Medicare, I am running for Dem Leader."

She further explained her decision in a statement.

"Our work is far from finished. As a result of Tuesday's election, the role of Democrats in the 112th Congress will change, but our commitment to serving the American people will not," Pelosi said in a statement. "Many of our colleagues have called with their recommendations on how to continue our fight for the middle class, and have encouraged me to run for House Democratic Leader."

Moderate Democratic Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma was the latest to urge Pelosi to step aside and not run for House Minority Leader.

"I cannot in good conscience support Nancy Pelosi as our leader," Boren told CNN in a telephone interview, "I intend to support a more conservative Democrat, a Democratic alternative."

"I think most people in the Democratic caucus are giving her room to make the room to retire, to leave gracefully. But, you know, I think it is important to see over the next 24-48 hours if we will see an alternative emerge," Boren said.

Boren's public pressure for Pelosi to go follows similar comments from North Carolina's Democratic Rep Heath Schuler and Utah's Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson who have also said they would prefer a new, more centrist Democratic leader.

"I think based on the outcome of this election, we should all acknowledge what the American people said, and they are looking for change. And I think when you as a political party suffer losses of historic proportions, it makes sense to change things up," Matheson told CNN in a telephone interview." "Therefore I don't think she should be running for leader."

Still, after Tuesday's losses, moderate Democrats are now a very small part of the Democratic caucus. The bigger question, according to multiple Democratic sources, is what Pelosi's fellow progressives want her to do.

Americans United for Change, a progressive political organization, sent an email notice to its members Friday morning urging Pelosi to stay.

The notice asks people to send a personal note to Speaker Pelosi.

"Make sure she knows that we will support her," said the email.

"If she runs, she will win," said one senior Democratic source.

Still, while Pelosi's tireless fundraising has built reservoir of support among Democratic lawmakers, several Democratic sources said there are a number of progressive Democrats who do not want her to run.

Meanwhile, Kentucky Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth, who had been a staunch supporter of Pelosi's, told a television station in his home state he wants Pelosi to step down as Democratic leader.

"I know that there is some thought that Nancy Pelosi may stay around," Yarmuth said Thursday, "As good a leader as she has been, I don't think she's the right leader to take us

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  1. S. In California

    Say what you want about Ms. Pelosi but she has GUTS and I appreciate that. Most democrats could learn a lesson or two from her.

    November 5, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. db

    The sheer, unvarnished gall of that woman! She drove her party off a cliff, and now she's clawing her way through the corpses. She should resign, not just from her leadership post, but from the House of Representatives.

    November 5, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. November 2, 2010 - The Day Progressive Socialism was STOPPED! Rollback to continue in 2012!!

    Looks like the wicked witch of the west is getting water thrown on her.

    Pelosi is so clueless and unrepentent is scary. Have you seen the interviews with her since the lose on Tuesday? She uttering obvious lies about "reducing the deficit"! It is downright scary this imbecile is thrid in line to the presidency. There would be riots in the streets if she ever took over.

    November 5, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It would be a good political strategic move if Pelosi would quit, she won't be around for the Republicans to place blame.

    November 5, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Wes B.

    She should resign not because of the work she did, but because people hate her. Most people don't like her because she doesn't seem like a nice person. This is also why the hate factor was so high for Hillary Clinton. For some reason, just the image of these women makes peoples' skin crawl. If Pelosi were just an average guy in a suit, the skin crawl factor would probably be minimal. But because just the mere mention of her name can incite rage, she should step down in the name of peaceful negotiations.

    November 5, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Monster Zero

    Nancy Pelosi and Obama 2012, for an assured win (GOP that is)! Let's see, the lowest Congressional approval ratings since 1940's and she thinks she is doing a great job. Bill after Bill passed behind closed doors against the will of the majority...and she thinks she is doing a good job. You really have to evaluate what her idea of a good job is and for whom she is doing it...

    November 5, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Speaker Pelosi has done a wonderful job. All the haters can hate on. It shows your ignorance and bigotry. As far as conservative democrats and Blue Dogs go, how about you get the hell out of the party. We don't need any half stepping on our side of the aisle. Kick rocks!

    November 5, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. vic nashville tn

    Blame Pelosi
    Who didn’t vote for health care bill now want her to out
    Only In politics we won’t know when we will be stab

    November 5, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Ann

    I am a strong supporter of President Obama but it serves him and the Democrats right for suffering such a big loss in the mid-terms. The Democrats are a bunch of cowards who do not stick to and defend their principles. They are on the right side of the debates but they have allowed the Republicans who are on the wrong side to steal the show. How dear they even want to blame Nancy Pelosi for their shelacking, at least she gets the job done. They should have had her out on the Sunday political shows several times over the past two hears to explain what they were trying to accomplish but they allowed the Republicans to define their intentions and paint them as fools. PLEASE KEEP NANCY PALOSI – SHE WOULD BE A MATCH FOR THAT TAN MAN BAYNER........SHE HAS FAR BETTER COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS – HE IS IN ARTICULATE AND SPEAKS LIKE SOMEONE WHO HAS NO EDUCATION. COME ON DEMOCRATS GROW A SPINE AND STICK TO YOUR GUNS. AS FOR YOU PRESIDENT OBAMAM,THEY HAVE ALREADY CALLED YOU EVERY NAME IN THE BOOK AND SMEARED YOU WITH PROPAGANDA – WE HAVE HEARD IT ALL BEFORE AND WHO REALLY CARES. DONT BACK DOWN FROM BAYNER AND WAX FIGURE MCCONNEL. KEEP NANCY SHE IS A STRONG LEADER.

    November 5, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. November 2, 2010 - The Day Progressive Socialism was STOPPED! Rollback to continue in 2012!!

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA spews:
    As far as conservative democrats and Blue Dogs go, how about you get the hell out of the party. We don't need any half stepping on our side of the aisle. Kick rocks!

    We would all LOVE for this to happen. But it might be better if all you leftist looney tunes split off into the Communist Party, of the Progressive Socialist Party and left the DemocRAT Party for real DemocRATS like Boren.

    November 5, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. L/Oklahoma

    As a Democrat in Oklahoma I have urged Dan Boren to change his political affiliation to Republican. He does not represent Democrats in Oklahoma.

    November 5, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Rickster

    Personally I hope Pelosi stays on as a dem leader....everybody knows that she is a raging lunatic and therefore perfectly represents today's democrat party and that is good for the conservatives. It's also quite amusing to see where The Great Obama has lead the democrat party in two short years....right into the toilet. Heckuva job, Barry.

    November 5, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Bob in PA

    Someday these politicians will figure out that we don't want hope and change, just less and better. Progressives like Pelosi ought to peel away from the Democratic party and start their own party instead of stepping in and hijacking what once was a great party,

    November 5, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Sasha

    Virtually every "Blue Dog" that voted with Republicans lost reelection. So of course, it's Pelosi's fault.

    November 5, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. Ed

    Hey Dutch/Bad Newz, you get rid of the conservative democrats and Blue Dogs and all you have left is Fancy Nancy sitting alone in the room with her giant gavel.

    November 5, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Princess , FL

    I totally agree with Dutch/Bad Newz, I'm more than sick of these half **s Blue Dog and Conservative Dems. They are the reason Obama could barely get anything passed when his own party was in the majority. They really make Dems look divisive and stupid. If we want Dems to be conservatives, we would be the Republican Party#2. I understand moderate, but I don't think we need straight up conservatives on the Dems side.

    November 5, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Stephen

    The best thing to happen to the Democrats right now is to be out of control of the House, especially during this economic mess (largely created by Republicans) and to go through change in Democratic Party leadership. As long as Pelosi was Speaker of the House there was going to be problems in achieving any sense of bipartisanship. And I'm a liberal Democrat.

    November 5, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Ridiculous. So, it's bad enough that the two articles on this subject exist (we only needed one) and are back-to-back on the Ticker, but they also start with the following:

    Article 1 – "Rep. Dan Boren, a CONSERVATIVE Democrat from Oklahoma,"


    Article 2 – "MODERATE Democratic Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma"

    Trying to evolve the narrative much, CNN?

    November 5, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. frankie

    Pelosi is a political dinosaur. She speaks for the radical '60s free speech movement liberals who are no longer a relavent part of the political process of this new century. As Speaker of the House, with her "my way or the highway" attitude, ala 'W', she has done more harm than good. I would put the heaviest burden of blame on her for the failure of Obama to accomplish more. And now, thanks directly to her leadership, the Obama Admnistration must glad-hand and kiss the a$$es of the Republicans now in charge of the House to try to salvage whats left of the aspirations of the Obama agenda.

    November 5, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "the lowest Congressional approval ratings since 1940's and she thinks she is doing a great job."

    Actually, the frighteningly retarded part of it isn't that Pelosi thinks she's doing a good job. That's something of a subjective and, given the amount of legislatiion they were able to churn out, is really in the eye of the beholder. No...what is amazingly retarded about the lowest Congressional approval ratings since 1940 is that the GOPers think it has nothing to do with their own behavior contributing to the mess we're in and the farce that our government has become over the past 2 years. Our government is the laughing stock of the free world primarily because of their toddler-like political temper tantrums.

    November 5, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Dean

    Democrats everywhere can blame Speaker Pelosi for the 2010 Republican victory. Though a clear message aimed at the Obama administration, I think more people voted against Pelosi's attitude than anything else. Thank you Madam Speaker!

    November 5, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Hang in there Nancy! You did your job- they may not like the outcome, but you did it.
    With Republicans ready to do everything in their power to get Obama out, you are needed these next two years to keep them in check.

    November 5, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    So the Dem's need to find an OLD, White man that drinks Merlot and smokes a pack of cig's every day like Mr. Crybaby Tan-Man. Yes that would shut-up the bigots at least that are always trying to claim Pelosi is trying to force America to become Gay or force schools to teach kids about how wonderful being Gay is. What a joke. Just pick someone from the South in a red state that looks like Bill Clinton or Tan-Man.

    November 5, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Monster Zero

    Ignorance and bigotry, are you for real? Me thinks the liberal arm MINORITY of the Democratic Party is about to be amputated along with a Union colostomy...perhaps then and only then can common sense prevail.


    November 5, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. Bob Smith

    I hope she is the next minority leader. Nothing like keeping her ugly face as the poster child for failed policies.

    November 5, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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