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. Chipster

    The President has submitted budgets but Congress fails to act on them. The Senate cannot act until the House has passed it and they can't even agree on anything. The House of Representatives is dysfunctional and Boehner cannot seem to get even the Republican majority to work together. It's irresponsible and childish the way they have behaved. They seem to only care about their individual agendas, not the health of the nation.

    January 8, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Chipster

    @fred ca You could not be any more misinformed. The President has submitted his budget. The Congress fails to act. The Senate can't do much of anything because hardly anything ever gets out of the House. As for your "fast and furious" remarks, I would remind you that this travesty was all part of a 2005 operation, Project Gunrunner, approval by the previous administration. That fiasco was long underway before Obama ever took office. It's the current Justice Department that has been dealing with it.

    January 8, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. willie floyd

    I haven't seen current polls but the last I remember the prestdent was around 40 and congress was around 11. If all you Reps. are saying was true seems the rankings would be reversed. Makes sense to me!! If we could get back to a true majority of 51 rather than 60 in the senate wouldn't hurt!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 8, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. jim

    Obama will be judged on his record. Ouch!

    January 8, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. Terry Gloege

    Should be pretty easy to run against this group of folks. Just what have the done lately?

    January 8, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. CRG

    Congress was fine until the 2010 midterm election when the ignorant rabblement voted in all of those Tea Party oligarchs. They have managed to keep congress hog-tied ever since. If you want to help this country move forward and get over the recession, get rid of as many of these neo-fascists as possible at the election.

    January 8, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. John Gabriel

    Indy: You forgot that Baboehner and Connell are marionettes controlled by Koch Brothers and their emissary twerp Grover Norquist.

    January 8, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Zlul

    Its funny to see so many "its all bush's and the republicans fault" post. People seem to neglect the fact that Clinton implemented all the policies that led to the financial downfall of America. People seem to neglect the fact that everything Obama had campaigned on he hasn't followed through on yet. We're still at war, we can now detain americans without due process for an indefinite amount of time, we can now assassinate americans without due process, and finally he's going to sign into law SOPA and PIPA. Even with a super majority in the house, they didn't pass a budget for 2 years. Still haven't passed a budget since he took office.

    Yet somehow, its everyone elses fault besides his.

    January 8, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. JohnRalph

    Being an extremist is spending 20 years in the church of Rev. Wright, an America hating anti-semite, anti-Latino (that never got the publicity it deserved), and expecting the public to forgive everything because he gave a speech...

    Being an extremist is having former members of the SDS like Bill Ayers as your close friends...

    Being an extremist is playing the class warfare game over and over again – in America where anyone can rise – ask Bill Gates, or a hundred others who came from the middle class to become millionaires and billionaires – heck ask George Soros an impoverished immigrant who did it....

    Obama is the extremist candidate, someone who has actually shrunk in office, a do nothing, who only knows how to campaign and not how to govern, a small man in a big office, who appears to hate the job, but loves the perks of being President, whose arrogance is illustrated in everything he does and says, from the picture of himself all over the White House to his delay in going after Bin Laden to take into account personal political considerations, a man of no character who was placed into office by a fawning media.

    January 8, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. AzRose

    Pelosi forgot to mention that for the first two years of the Obama Presidency she was the one in charge of the house and all they worked on was Obamacare which most people dislike while shutting out the GOP as much as possible, she has no room to talk. She just wants her big office and her big plane back, I don't see that happening anytime soon.

    January 8, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |

    The United States of America is the greatest country on the planet. Why do we hate each other so? I pray for country unity. Our country is about democracy and not power. The office of the Presidency is steadily declining over party ideologies. Like someone posted earlier: where is the love, people?

    January 8, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. oldtimer

    Pelosi and the entire congress are nothing more then complete idiots. All need to be replaced including our no nothing President. Any president that sides with a foreign nation of his own states should be impeached.

    January 8, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  13. vicki willis

    The whole bunch is lazy, crazy do nothing blame each other and screw the American people.

    January 8, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. Shannon

    Of course he does, the Republicans have set out to harm America because they want to destroy the first Black President. Today in the debate, Romney said it was shameful to serve your country, if it meant serving this President, that should tell all Americans what the Republican party thinks of their country.

    January 8, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. grizzly

    Nancy Pelosi WHO? Is this the politician form SF who flies back and forth in a private jet at taxpayers expense? Why are we not getting rid of this broad????

    January 8, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. righttochoose

    @Donovan – you don't have a clue as to what you're talking about. The Democrats controlled the Senat, the House, and the White House for the first two years of Obama's reign and they STILL didn't pass a budget. The Dems can ram Obamacare down our throats but they can't pass a budget. Why? Because they didn't, and still don't, want to. All they want to do is nothing, and then say it's the Republicans fault and people like you are so gullible that you believe it.

    January 8, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. Lightfor2012

    Im so proud of what Obama is finally doing. He finally got a backbone and started giving it to these GOP slackers. The Congress is in shambles. Where is the Majority leader? The same one that was so happy to take the position from Pelosi? The same one who came out sounding like a force and a leader.....where is he now? They are fumbling trying to come up with a candidate capable of sounding like they have a reason to be next to Obama in a debate. "SOUNDING"

    January 8, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. J R Brown

    Nancy Pelosi voted to defund closing GITMO...apparently, Obama will be running against HER as well as the GOP obstructionists.

    January 8, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. Concerned

    So now the libs think it is ok to have a King, keep in mind the Arab Spring, careful what you wish for, you may get it

    January 8, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. marine ace

    Nancy Pelosi is the reason I support term limits.

    January 8, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. Ganan

    How about leading by EXAMPLE Obama. You have done nothing in 3 years. Time for you to take Pelosi and Reid and MOVE out. Worse president ever.

    January 8, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. Ray

    Didn't a pluarality of American's just reject her democrat lead congress 13 months ago. The president can't run against congress, under the consitution, they must work together, compromise, to pass any legislation.

    January 8, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  23. Geez

    Nothing in this country will ever change until people start thinking "What can I do differently.. what I can change?" rather than "You need to do this and you need to change"... Self accountability people.

    January 8, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  24. Marla

    Nancy Pelosi is so right. I can't wait to see her back as Speaker of the House. If we the voters can just give our President a majority of good, progressive Democrats in both houses this election, perhaps we can get this country progressing again.

    January 8, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. Daniel6

    Priceless-the blinker throws herself under the bus trying to protect this hapless POTUS--She was the most divisive leader of the house of Reps, and he is the most divisive resident of 1600-–

    January 8, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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