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. NameEric in Louisiana

    It's time for Pelosi to go! The people spoke on Tuesday and it's in the Dems best interest to listen!

    November 5, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Steve in North Carolina

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – They have been getting out of the party. That is why there will be nothing left of the Democrats in about 10 years but a few left wing loons representing very few Americans. It has become obvious that there is no room left for reasonable people.

    November 5, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Angel

    N Pelosi, please stay. It is obvious the Rup. are scared of you. Please give them hell.

    Thanks for not giving up. NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY!!!!!

    November 5, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. munchmom

    Just go away, oh and BTW, take Obama with you, PLEASE!!!

    November 5, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. LAS

    Pelosi should stay and fight, leaving now makes her look as though she is only in when things are going good. If she has reasons to fight for the American people fighting is humble, fighting shows commitment to the people. The American people did not have enough courage (like Nancy) to give the Obama policies a chance to change things in the country, that I am sorry for, you cannot change failed economic policies created in more than two years in a two year period. Americans really need to get educated about politics and the economy. All over the world countries are in recession and trying stimulus packages, why not America but they cannot work overnight. To Nancy Pelosi I say stay show commitment, show courage stand up for what you believe in.

    November 5, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Rush

    The GOP would love for her to stick around, because she's damaged goods. They need somebody else.

    November 5, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Lars da man

    Monster i totally agree with you.. If this idiot thinks she did a good job she thinks the country is great shape too. Dutch, man your quite the liberal person. Did you not see when she tried to throw Bush under the bus and then the media found she knew what he was doing all along?? are you blind?? This woman is a snake and a liar and to me that is the last person you would want in any position of power.

    November 5, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Sailordude

    I knew I'd get to read posts defending Pelosi at the CNN site, got to love it! BTW She makes it sound like she can stop the Republicans, if it was that easy I'm sure the Republicans would have stopped her before! The House is majority rule by one vote, Pelosi is bluffing!

    November 5, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Marty

    You go Ms. Pelosi. You are twice the woman that Mrs. Gingrich was. Do not give the Nazi-Cons one inch on any issues including health care. The American People have spoken? SHoSho. Most Americans are uneducated idiots and this is why we need Government to make daily decisions to protect our well being.

    November 5, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Make it stop.

    I am not particularly partisan, I am not overtly sexist, I am not extremely partial to beauty, but for the love of god, someone please reduce the amount of face time Nancy Pelosi gets on my TV set. Than you.

    November 5, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Ron P.

    Speaker Pelosi did an extraordinary job in getting a healthcare bill through as well as financial regulation. The right-wing nuts have done everything they can to demonize Pelosi and I don't want to see Pelosi or anyone else buckle before them. I do think some new Democratic press people are called for since the party did such a lousy job in characterizing their accomplishments. How did we wind up with Obamacare instead of a trillion dollar reduction in health care costs?

    November 5, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Jaggersden

    Ms. Pelosi should be relagated to floor scrubbing.

    November 5, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Wilddawg

    Please do. Nothing could help insure Obama gets to boot in 2012 more than more TV coverage of Pelosi. Go Nancy Go.

    November 5, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Dennis

    I think she should stay. The American people loved her leadership, and they simply said so the other day. I still remember the thin smile she had when the House voted for the healthcare bill, and I remembered it the other day when I selected my candidates. She should stay so the party takes another shellacking and the what is left can move to a more centrist position. I doubt that they are foolish enough to misunderstand two beatings, although it is readily apparent they misunderstood the one.

    November 5, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. John Baker

    This development is really a win-win proposition for the Republicans. If she loses, it's a personal renunciation as to her time as speaker – by her own peers. If she wins, its a signal to any angry electorate that the Democrats "still don't get it." Either way, the Democratic in-fighting over her very selfish desire to retain a measure of power will no doubt give President Obama's "enemies" a great deal of satisfaction.

    November 5, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. mobrule

    she's doing it for the good of everyone else, not her own pride and ambition... riiiiight...

    November 5, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    The primary reason the dems got their clock's cleaned in the House mid-term's is because of Pelosi....She has not done 1 thing good and should crawl under a rock and disappear....

    November 5, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. bks

    Speaker Pelosi did a great job by implementing the agenda set by President. I just do not understand why some democrats are crying about that. More conservativeness . Please explain me what they mean by that. They should talk like Democrats and like Republicans, who keep on hammering that we need small govt, no tax increase and balance budget. But nothing in substance. During the period 2000-2008 they were sleeping as if nothing was happening in the Country. They do not want any change.

    November 5, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. vbscript2

    haha, you don't have to worry about the blue dogs getting out Dutch... they were voted out Tuesday... and replaced with Republicans. I almost hope that Pelosi does stay just so the Republicans will look that much better in 2012.

    November 5, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Jonathan Koppel

    I want to preface this with a statement that I'm a registered Democrat. I'm not a 40%'er, meaning I wouldn't vote for a fire hydrant if it ran on the correct ticket.

    That being said, I feel both Speaker Pelosi and Senate Leader Reid have both been completely ineffective. They had a majority in both Houses of Congress as well as a Democratic President and they had to fight tooth and nail with members of there own party to get anything done.

    The people have made it clear what they think of the current Congress. Both the Speaker and Leader should resign thier respective postions out of respect for the clear voice of the voters and allow new people to take up the mantle of the Democratic Party.

    November 5, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. JULIA

    Pelosi is a total moron ! ! ! ! ! !

    November 5, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Trace

    For the sake of the GOP...i think that walking corpse should stay.

    November 5, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Kimberly

    Thanks in part to Speaker Pelosi's "leadership", the Democrats were thrashed in this election. If she would like to continue to lead the Dems, she will help assure a Republican victory in 2012. If she cared about the future of her party and weren't so selfish, she would step aside and let someone else lead.

    November 5, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    To all the critics and haters of Nancy Pelosi
    This woman is one remarkable example of selfishness in politics. She did what she thought was right to do: Health Care and Finance bills. As did those democrats who voted with her and under her leadership. They knew that Republicans, bought and sold by their corporate masters, will energize the worst part of this country; they knew exactly that their political lives were at stake-and yet they did it. They had to do it quickly, because there was not much time left, as Republicans were loading their guns and Sarah Palin was rapidly becoming the Queen of Stupidity and personalized shame of the nation. So Nancy delivered. At the end, when people stop dying because they cannot pay for their treatment; and credit card companies will be unable to harass their customers – people will understand, and Republicans will pay in-full , as they always did, – for Reaganomics, for Bush wars and doughnut holes – and for the ugliest and most corrupt politics of 2009-2010.

    November 5, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. Jonathan Koppel

    WES B.

    "She should resign not because of the work she did, but because people hate her."

    If we are going to have a well reasoned discourse and discuss issues of importance, do you suppose you might be able to offer something of value? She wasn't elected to be your friend.

    She's been ineffective politcally. Please refrain from right wing tactics of character assassination. Say something of value.

    November 5, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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