November 5th, 2010
03:41 PM ET
12 years ago

Dem: 'I'm not voting for Nancy Pelosi'

Washington (CNN) - Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire, a moderate Democrat from a conservative district in western Pennsylvania says, "I am not voting for Nancy Pelosi."

"I don't get the sense that Speaker Pelosi understands what happened on Tuesday. We lost middle America. The Democratic party got crushed," Altmire told CNN in a telephone interview from his district. "I would rather have someone who understands middle America and someone who can relate to the districts we lost," he said.

Altmire noted that many of his fellow Democrats in districts near his lost their seats, including Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania, Charlie Wilson of Ohio, and John Boccieri also of Ohio.

"I understand what happened Tuesday. I had an incredibly close race," said Altmire.

Despite his opposition to Pelosi, Altmire said she will easily be victorious in her quest to be House Minority Leader.

"She will win. There is no question about that," said Altmire.

He said he did not want to "name names" about whom he would like to see challenge Pelosi, but said with her as the lead Democrat "we are never going to win back the seats we lost."

Altmire voted against major pieces of Democratic legislation, including the health care bill.

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Larry

    Maybe we should lose you Jason ...

    Pelosi' little finger understands politics better than you ever will ...

    November 5, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. kayla

    coward. why don't you call yourself a republican?

    November 5, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Dean

    Nancy Pelosi - no earthly idea about what goes on outside her mind. Lost in space.

    November 5, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. barry

    I sure hope Nancy stays and takes the Minority leader. That will help get a larger majority for Republicans in the 2012 election. Nancy Pelosi is the gift that keeps giving for the Republican party. Sure would hate to see her drop out.

    November 5, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This is no more than a political game going on and it will work.

    November 5, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. gt

    nancy being the leader of the democrat house again is like following general custer at little big horn... i hope the house has more since than that.... but if you want to fall on you own sword ... so be democrats get ready sounds like its picketts charge , and there werent any surviores there either...

    November 5, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    and altmire, you are part of the problem because you are turning against your own party at a time when the rethugs are trying to make sure the President fails. Next time run rethug so that you don't get elected as a DINO.

    November 5, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. I Support President Obama

    That's right wimp, blame everything on the Speaker of the House. You lost because of lying repubs and people like you would not defend your party. Why let states that have the least population control our country and use the majority of our federal funding. By middle America I guess you mean white, what a crock.

    November 5, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. Charles W. Skinner

    Ahh, Nancy Pelosi. She drove the House Democrat members to RUIN through her ideological leftism, and now she's going to do further damage by trying to stay in the leadership. And the Liberals in Congress will support her. It's WONDERFUL from a Conservative standpoint. We get to use her as a foil for the next 2 years every time she steps in front of the microphone to justify why her liberal-elitists voted against the will of the American people as proffered by the Republican Leadership.

    I seem to remember her saying "the voters put us in charge, so we get to set the legislative agenda" or something similar to that. Let's see exactly how quickly she starts screaming about the partisanship of the Republicans and shows her hypocrisy for what it is.

    November 5, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Please enough of making Pelosi the scapegoat already. Dem's in name only are basically just turncoat wimps too afraid to standup for such basic things like healthcare and simple regulations of insurance / Wall Street. America is the ONLY industrialized nation in the world not offer healthcare to all its citizens. The Right-Wing fascists that hi-jack the media keep trying to indoctrinate and intimate the people into propaganda of lies.

    November 5, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Emerson

    About 55% of Americans are moderates, about 30% consiider themselves to be "conservatives" and only about 15% percnet describe themselves as "liberal". One of the reasons for the success of the GOP is that they have successfully framed the issue as being that if you are not an avowed conservative then you are a liberal. This is not the case and the sooner that people start disregarding labels and trying to understand the issues and see that the majority in this country is being led around by the nose by the minority, the better off America will be.

    November 5, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Stephen

    The "shellacking" they took was Pelosi's fault. She should be embarrassed to try to gain support again from the few remaining Dems left.

    November 5, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Monster Zero

    I can only reiterate again, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barry Obama pursued an agenda of healthcare reform (sic) during a time that the economy spiraled out of control. They additionally, pushed for trillions of OUR dollars in propping up Unions and special interest groups while their poster child of failure, Fannie and Freddie continued to lose and lose big time. The feather in Pelosi's cap "healthcare reform" is an utter disaster, it did nothing to fix the issues, it just gave entitlements to some at the expense of others and now we are going to see the fruits of their failures. Congress is at its lowest since the 1940's and Pelousy has the lowest approval ratings of any speaker ever. For those that think GW Bush hit the lowest of lows, you obviously were not around for Carter. Just remember to pay off a trillion dollars it equates to paying one dollar per second for thirty six thousand years.... try that one on your calculators libtards!

    November 5, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Chipster

    Right wing media has demonized Pelosi and Democrats have done little or nothing to inform the public of the achievements that have made their lives better. Our economy was in a deep, deep hole – now, we're just in a deep hole but it will still take a while to get out of the crushing financial disaster caused by 2 costly wars (1 unnecessary) and tax cuts design to keep people from feeling the pain of the wars. Republicans have done nothing for seniors, nothing for the middle class, nothing for workers, and plenty for corporations. Jobs are returning slowly but they are returning but people listen to the nonsense and lies of Bachmann, Beck, Limbaugh....the lies continued today with this nonsense about the cost of the trip to India. I don't know why the public is so anxious to believe and live in constant fear of their own shadow. It's just sad.

    Shame on Altmire for encouraging the lies.

    November 5, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Jack

    Jason must be a rookie. Middle America will realize it got screwed by tea around February. Just in time for the start of President Obama's pre re-election.

    November 5, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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