Pelosi: Obama should run against Congress
January 8th, 2012
09:01 AM ET
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Pelosi: Obama should run against Congress

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said she is comfortable with President Barack Obama running for re-election on an anti-Congress platform.

During an interview broadcast Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," the former House speaker said the president is right to wage a race against the Republican majority in the House.

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"I think that the president – and for the good of the country, forget Democrats, Republicans – for the good of the country, I think it's really important for the president to make the race that he is running against a do-nothing Congress," Pelosi told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

Obama, frustrated with what he calls the inaction in Congress, has said he will act without Congressional approval when he can to pass his agenda. Following Republican threats to obstruct confirmations he put forth, Obama made four recess appointments Wednesday, including Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

When asked if the president is throwing her and Democrats under the bus by bypassing the chamber ahead of the 2012 elections, Pelosi said: "We don't feel that way."

"Our races are about the House of Representatives, one district at a time. We think we're in good shape," Pelosi said. "We want the president to run the race that is important for the country, and this do-nothing Congress must be defeated."

The California representative has appeared in 2012 presidential news of late because of a 2008 ad about climate change in which she appeared with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich has called the ad the "dumbest thing I've done in the last four years." Pelosi said she did not regret the spot and pointed to ethics allegations leveled against Gingrich while he was speaker.

"He who has been fined $300,000 by the ethics committee, you'd think he'd consider that a big mistake," Pelosi said.

"Since you brought up my name in association with him as the dumbest thing he ever did, I think there's plenty of stiff competition for that honor, as far as his activities go," she added.

When asked if she ever met GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, Pelosi said: "I don't think so. It wasn't memorable if I did."

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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. bassman

    Pres. Obama has always run against a bogeyman. Never taking the blame for anything and always plays the victim.

    January 8, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well Nancy, we do need the Senate to take up the budget. I don't think they have passed one since Obama got elected. So if you can get Obama to lead, good for you. But I am not holding my breath.

    January 8, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. DENNA

    He should. He is saddled with a do-nothing Congress that has done everything it could to keep him from succeeding. The GOP is so afraid that President Obama will look good, they are willing to prolong the recession just to stick it to him. Yes, the GOP is truly the party of family values.

    January 8, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    That would be like running against himself.......because Obama is controlling the Senate through his puppet, Reid, and he is the one causing all of the disfunction in Congress........personally!

    January 8, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. Marie MD

    @rick – the ones controlling the senate are the teapublikans with their leaders the weak speaker/weeper of the house and tantrum boy who doesn't want to help anyone after a natural disaster unless it happens in his district in VA after an earthquake or turtle boy in KY who would rather close a road than put people to work.
    take the blinders off!

    January 8, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. fred ca

    He hasn't advised or consented with Congress. He hasn't sent reports and advisements as required by law. He has allowed reid to stop all debate and voting in the Senate. He has blocked investigations into corruption and legal breaches that have resulted in murder (fast/furious). And he has provided no firm coherent proposals or direction. Heck, given his record, obama might as well run againest Congress.

    January 8, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  7. Indy

    The entire world knows that Republicans set out to destroy Obama and the entire economy and got their orders from McConnell and Boehner but in spite of Republicans working so hard to destroy the economy there is some light shining through and Obama is running against the Domestic Terrorist Party known as Party First Republicans. You are either going to vote for people (Obama) or vote for Corporations (Republican).

    January 8, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. fred ca

    Marie MD...dems have controlled the Senate for five years. They controlled the House for four years and have not for only the past year. In this odd land you live in look for the short gentleman in the white suit, pointing at the sky and shouting...'De plane, de plane'.

    January 8, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. Little Jimmy Truth

    Obama already has group- OWS.

    January 8, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    Mitch McConnell: "The single most important thing is for Obama to be a one-term president" .

    She is right republican congress started this

    January 8, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. FedUp

    And Pelosi should quit. Her point? Neither will happen.

    January 8, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Larry L


    "Pres. Obama has always run against a bogeyman. Never taking the blame for anything and always plays the victim."
    Conservatives were blaming President Obama for the recession before he took office! Republicans in the Senate filibustered every initiative – 95 times! Bush was in control for eight years, most of it with control of the Congress and the Supreme Court. Bush started the war with false intelligence, never put the cost on the books, and never had an exit strategy. Are you mannning-up to that debacle? Everything coming out of the House was created for political theatre – nothing to really create jobs. Are you claiming that bunch? President Obama has been the only adult in the room – trying to compromise with a GOP who obstructed every effort. How would like to coach a football team where half of the players were trying to lose?

    January 8, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. fred ca

    Hello Bush 'started the war with false intelligence'? He must have been awe inspiring powerful to get every intelligence service, with the exception of two, on the planet to 'falsify' intelligence for him. Maybe obama should ask him for lessons so he doesn't keep coming off as such a little man. As for you...enjoy living in total bliss.

    January 8, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. John

    It Is a do NOTHING Congress. It has to be the worse Congress America ever had or will have. The Republican leadership Is the worse America ever had. John Boehner and Eric Cantor are the worse leader the Republican could have Pick. This Republican Lead Congress will Not COMPROMISE on NOTHING. It either there way or the highway. And with that this Is way nothing get done.

    January 8, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. bill

    a few things we have learned from republicans during these debates so far, like they would gut social security and medicare on day one. they'll give seniors a cash amount to go find their own hmo, and cut actula and projected benefits greatly to anyone 55 and over. welcome to the evolving world of the new republican party – where if you are not in the 1% you are the problem for all the ill of the country.

    January 8, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. John the Historian

    Well with Romney now the Republican candidate, they need to push the Romney-Boehner-Mitchell axis. They want more golden parachutes and they want to cut social security and medicare. Just remember Romney will be taking orders from Salt Lake City, the capital of the cult of Mormonism. If you believe Jesus Christ preached to the American Indians around 600 AD, I have a bridge to sell you in New York.

    January 8, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. Hayden

    Stop agreeing with one party and blaming the other. Both parties suck and we need to set term limits. They do whatever they want without even consulting the American people.

    January 8, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    Since the Tea Party took over congress their approval rating has dropped dramatically. They have no one to blame but themselves. They have proved that, as a political group, you have to have something more than a deep-seated hatred if you want to accomplish anything.

    January 8, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. the left coast.

    Obama is running against Grover Norquist the man behind the do nothing congress. The one resposible for getting all the simpletons together swearing blind alligence & signing a pledge to do nothing. Im surprised more people have NOT heard of Grover Norquist. Google him, he is the reason for the tea party, the do nothing congress & the grid lock in Washington.

    January 8, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Daniel6

    Now that's funny-the "Blinker" throwing herself under the bus-she was the divider in the house before Obama became the divider in the white house–now Harry is his "No" man in the senate-the "Uniter"--too funny

    January 8, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Donovan

    More "if the Senate would pass a budget" garbage ...

    Do you think the republicans would let ANY budget pass that's put forth by Obama? There's been a budget proposed EVERY SINGLE YEAR since Obama was elected. Republicans won't do the PASSING. They like being able to point at Obama for it ... even though it's THEIR fault.

    January 8, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. elgatoblanco

    so many nasty comments, especially towards Obama. Thinks aren't that bad really. Especially compared to how they were four years ago. Where's the love people? We're all Americans here.

    January 8, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. YaWimp

    The American people are beginning to realize how people like Nancy Pelosi have helped our great country. It will be more apparent during (hopefully) Obama's second term in office.

    January 8, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Michael Q

    GOP. hahahahahahahahaha

    GOP. hahahahahahaha

    January 8, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. qubee25

    @fred; ket's look at it this way, in simple terms – Bush may/might/did start the war, but Obama finished it. And he did not have to have a pic op on an aircraft carrier telling the world "mission accomplished". Which that can be considered an "oooops!! moment.

    January 8, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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