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. Skipca

    Spoken like a true son dutchie....We don't hate and we're not bigoted. Have you actually heard her spin the last two days? For some reason she is "driven by the urgency to create jobs". Wonder where that came from and why NOW there's an urgency but noy for the last four years.

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

    This will be the proof that the dems don't have a clue what's happening.....if they elect this wacko. Can't wait for this.

    November 5, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. coder2

    What a sad, sad little old lady

    November 5, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. sally

    Pelosi was a very effective leader...that is why she was universally hated by the right. I wish more conservative Democrats had her spine!

    November 5, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. deb0155

    I cannot believe the audacity of Pelosi! She is truly evil! If the Democrats are dumb enough to vote this woman in as House Minority leader after what was clearly a historic landslide for Republicans – they all deserve what they get in the next election. Pelosi is truly an egotistical maniac with absolutely no remorse as to what she has done to this country and just how much she is disliked and disrespected for her actions!

    November 5, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. hal

    She can't give up her private jet and other perks!!

    November 5, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. amp

    Dutch... how very tolerant of you...

    November 5, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Pelosi FTW

    She will take back the house in 2012! Because of her productivity outmatches all her political opponents she got little setback this time that hugely effected with timely economic conditions of the nation. But 2012 will be much different story and her supporters will grow by millions.

    November 5, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. saad

    Pelosi and Obama were voted in for their agendas they run on and won hands down. They earned the legistlative power to make laws that are fully constututional even if they GOP said otherwise. If the repuplicans want a small government they should go to aghanistan they will like it.

    November 5, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Will

    Pelosi just dropped a bomb on what's left of the Democratic Party. I saw a lot of liberals gleefully enjoying the in-fighting of the Republicans, but nothing on the R side could match what Nancy is about to do to the D's. Once again the Democrats are eating their own.

    November 5, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. DougB

    Speaker Pelosi did the president's bidding for him. She has guts, she never lost a vote, she knows the real deal with the Republicans. She and yes, many other Dems in Congress walked the plank for President Obama and they lost their jobs because of it. The Democratic Party is the liberal party and I for one want a true blue liberal in the leadership-not some warmed over whimpy moderate democrat. The Republicans are not moderating their voices, why should the Democrats? Let the political process take care of its self. If she wants to throw her hat into the ring and roll the dice, then let her. More power to her!

    November 5, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. Chris-Chicago

    I have a question for all of the progressives out there that think Pelosi running for Minority Leader is a good thing: Do you honestly feel that her presence helps you come 2012 nationwide?

    Look... I am no progressive (far from it... thank God), however I can understand why many of you liberals love her. She is one of the most effective Speakers in Congressional history, and a champion of the progressive cause. I get it!

    However, outside of the west cost and northeast, liberalism can only be tolerated in the smallest of doses. When its presence is too high, the American people will reject it, just as they did this past Tuesday. Yes... the economy played arguably the largest role in your defeat, but lets not be naive and say that the very nature of progressivism and its 2 year mounting charge did not play a large factor in the midterms, because IT DID, and that very progressive onslaught we bared witness too from 08 to 10 was clearly hated, and defeated.

    One way Republicans were able to slay the progressive cause 72 hours ago, aside from saying NO to everything that was thrown at them, was by linking each and every Democratic member in Congress to Nancy Pelosi. Seldom did I not see a commercial go by that did not link a Dem incumbent to the Madam Speaker. The woman, by mainstream American standards, is just too horrificly disliked. She becomes the easist target for Republicans and or Tea Partiers. She played a VERY significant role in "handing the keys" back to the GOP.

    And now... she wants to run for Minority Leader? If she wins, and if you combine her dimished, yet EVER PRESENT continued role in Congress with that of returning Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the Senate (another easily dislikeable figure outside of his local surroundings and ideological base) how exactly does their presence help President Obama change the fact that 55% of Independent voters voted for Republicans in 2010? How does that President Obama win re-election in 2012, especially if his opponent is not a Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich, but rather a far less fringe-like/more mainstream opponent? How does he win re-election when those on the right will, once again, be able to link him to two of the most loathed and polarizing figures in Congressional history? How does Nancy Pelosis return to Congress, in a highly visible role, help your President win? Because without President Obama, it will be at least another generation before you ever see somebody take up such a progressive mantle from the White House.

    Do you see my point? Without answering "all we need is the economy to get in gear and Pelosi will not matter,"how does Nancy Pelosis return help your party and your President in two years?

    November 5, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Namebryan

    The woman suffers from dementia.

    November 5, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. XGrnBeret

    Is anyone really surprised? Her ego would never allow her to do anything but run for House minority leader. Sounds like two more years of the past two years.

    Meanwhile, it's amazing to me that the voters in the Peoples Republik of Kalifornia can't see that as long as they continue to elect those like Pelosi, Boxer and Jerry Brown, who should have gone to pasture 4 years ago, things in the Golden Egg state will never change for the better.

    November 5, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. TCM

    Dutch – after all the destruction and devastation caused by Obama and Pelosi...and you're still in support? Now, who's the ignorant one? It's not bigotry to dislike stupidity....

    November 5, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Bob

    Pelosi was the worst speaker in US history. She has nothing but pure contempt for the intelligence of the American public.
    Really, how out of touch with reality (i.e. liberal) do you have to be to support her at this point?

    November 5, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Brian

    How about she just run home and never come back to DC!

    November 5, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. tom80421

    The Socialistic Democrats are a festering cancer, and Nancy Pelosi is at the core. It is such a shame that we haven't yet found a cure for cancer....

    November 5, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Bill

    We don't need any Conservative Dems running the party. We need a liberal who will fight the Repubs and continue to support the President's agenda

    November 5, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. JanPMa

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA wrote:

    "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!"

    In case you hadn't noticed Democrats and Independents are fleeing the far lefties who have hijacked the party over the last 30 years. If you kick out the Blue Dogs and conservative Dems, you'll have, oh, about 17% – 20% of voters on your side. That won't help you much in elections....which to my way of thinking is a VERY good thing!

    As for Pelosi, she was elected to represent the citizens of this country, particularly as speaker of the house. She cared for NOTHING but her power grab and advancing her hard left agenda regardless of the fact that country clearly did not want the legislation she pushed through, ESPECIALLY at this time of economic upheaval. She and her ilk WOULD be perfect in a dictatorship, such as the former USSR, pre-revolution France, and Cuba....but America is a Democratic Republic. The likes of Pelosi are not wanted here and the voters let her know it, thank goodness......

    November 5, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Pditty

    Great news for Republicans. Keep her our front very visible for the nation to see and it will continue to fuel the tea party. I'll be amazed if her party goes for the idea after the butt kicking dems took in the house but who knows?

    November 5, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Pelosi sounds drunk of power & wants to keep it. She's a prime example of why I don't trust the Democratic party. Let me itterate that I don't trust the Republican party either. Both parties are responsible for this mess. Lindsey Graham & Nancy Pelosi are dividers, not uniters.

    November 5, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Moose

    "Speaker Pelosi has done a wonderful job"

    YOU are part of the problem. YOU are the reason why this country is moving in the wrong direction. Get if together pal.

    November 5, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. Aaron

    Easily the worst speaker in history. This is just a horrible person. She cares only about herself and it is completely obvious.

    November 5, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. WJA

    This is a GREAT way to ensure President Obama doesn't get reelected. Her ego is getting in the way of any sort of commitment to this country and the Democratic Party. Look at all the Republican campaign commercials showing their Democratic opponents with Pelosi! It was a slam dunk for anyone running against one of her insiders. The American people as a whole don't want her anywhere near the seat of power. If she truly wants to serve her country, then move aside and let someone else have a shot at salvaging the Democratic party that she helped destroy.

    November 5, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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