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. Joe

    Someone should remind the congresswomen that 1/2 the do-nothing Congress is comprised of the Democrat dominated Senate. The same Senate controlled by Dems since 2006, and has failed to pass a budget since before Obama's election. Two years of Democrats controlling both houses of Congress only managed to divide the country further and bring us the reactionary Tea Party, and governors such as Scott Walker in Wisconsin. On top of the acrimony they caused, they used their super majority to pass major pieces of legislation so large and convoluded, even they can't tell you what's in it. The truth is Walker and the Tea Party acted on the promises they made on the campaign trail, for better or worse, meeting extremism with more extremism. Disraeli said "the role of the opposition party is to oppose." The Republicans are simply playing that role, ehile trying to compromise in the process. Boehner was right to demand a one year payroll tax extension instead of the two month joke we got. Pelosi is a fool, disturbingly capable of seeing only what she wants. She is disgustingly crude in her remarks towards her opposition. I know she will most likely be re-elected, but I'd love to see the look on her face as she sits through Obeazy's farewell speech.

    January 8, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. NH Grandma

    Nancy, we need you back at the helm. Crybaby Boehner is over his head big time!

    January 8, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. hootsenior

    For two of the three years that Obama has been President, the Dems controlled both houses . Obama could have passed anything he wanted but they did nothing. The dems idea of compromise is , if you don't agree with them, because they are always right, then you are'nt willing to compromise.
    How is it that every President that has held office is held accountable for everything done or not done, but Obama is not responsible for anything?? Because he is not a leader.

    January 8, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. ARTRaveler

    It is amazing that so many people blindly support the Greedy Old Pricks (GOP) who are willing to allow the country to slide into a depression rather than work with the president to get the country turned around but I guess when your party scrwewed up the country so bad with de-regulation, lies, unfunded wars, and unnecessary tax cuts, you have to oppose anything that will turn the situation around.

    January 8, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. Jan

    How do all these big players manage not to meet each other?

    January 8, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. hamsta

    congragulations pelosi finally said something that makes sense.the only thing worse than obama is congress.

    January 8, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. Honest Abe

    The Congress is a bunch of obstructionists. I will change my vote and donations from the GOP to Obama. Say what you want, the GOP has let us Americans down!

    January 8, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. notabigpelosifanbut

    So, yeah, i am not a big Pelosi fan at all, but this part was pretty dang funny: "He who has been fined $300,000 by the ethics committee, you'd think he'd consider that a big mistake," Pelosi said.

    January 8, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. w

    Pelosi is right. Its not like Obama can run on his record.

    January 8, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. izy

    i actually think obama is doing a good job, but i agree with pelosi and obama, repub congress is always saying no to cooperate to get this country back on its feet. repubs have actually raped this country dry. and this whole democratic and repub system needs to be get rid of, obama do what you have to do to get us back strong, im supporting you 100%

    January 8, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. heyjohnny

    @John the Historian – why is believing that Jesus preached to natives around the world any different than believing that he died and then rose three days later and then later floated up to heaven still in his reanimated body? They are both ideas that fly in the face of all we know about the world, yet I suppose you only think one of those is silly? We are supposed to allow people to believe in whatever freaky deaky religion they want here. Sucks that part of being American is having to get along with people who are different, huh?

    January 8, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  12. Ancient Texan

    Donovan. The House (controlled by the Republicans only since Jan. 2011) has passed a budget, only to be tabled by Harry Reid in the Senate and not voted on. Prior to that the Dems controlled both Houses and there has not been a budget since Obama took office.

    January 8, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  13. fernace

    This congress has behaved like a bunch of 3yr. olds throwing tantrums, crying & refusing to do anything that may help the economy & the country! If obstructionism isn't against the law, it should be! Thanks to Larry L for your spot on post! BTW, fred ca, Hans Blix, foreign minister to UN in 2003, went thru Iraq w/ a fine tooth comb, several times to appease the Bush admin. & found nothing to warrant us occupying that nation! Make no mistake, I don't believe Bush alone was able to pull off the sham, but w/a little help from Cheney & Rumsfeldt he pulled it off, to our detriment!! GOP-TP as it is now is bad news for all of us! They are Employees of the American people, dock their salaries, fire them,give them a Time out, anything to stop their bad behavior!!

    January 8, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  14. Dlbu

    Nancy Pelosi is hilarious. I love strong, independent minded women leading things. She can hang with the best of the good ol' boys in the republican party.

    January 8, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  15. Karol

    4 more Trillion dollars in debt and you guys want to go for 4 more? Shame on you!

    January 8, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  16. Sunny

    Obama and Pelosi should just start running and not come back. Nancy made all her money by insider trading, she lies, speaks like a person with dementia, and should be fired as well as Obama. YaWimp, please tell me, other than lies to Americans, has Obama done.

    January 8, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  17. Appalledbytheidiocy


    Obama had the House and Senate for his first 2 years of office. They did not pass a budget. How is that the Republicans' fault? The Republicans have passed several budgets in the past year, all of which have been voted down by the Democrats. Get your head out of the ground and pay attention.

    Are you kidding me? For starters, the Tea Party has almost no footing in the Senate, and they are still a MINORITY in the House. You clearly have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. YOU, ma'am, take the blinders off.

    Democrats had control of all three branches of government for 2 years. Please tell me how it's the Republican's fault that the Democrats suck at doing anything outside of spending more of my hard earned money?

    And lastly, YaWimp, I do hope you are trolling because all Pelosi has done is further polarized congress and shove legislation down our throats that the majority of people do not want. She is a disgrace to this country, and I pray to God she gets voted out soon.

    January 8, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  18. Priori

    Yes indeed, and simultaneously Hillary Clinton should run against Obama.

    January 8, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  19. dtboy

    Congress was never setup to "play nice together." The Founders separated the government horizontally and vertically to ensure Government stayed very limited in its actions and legislation. The problem is Americans have become too dependent upon Government, so they need a very active Congress to support their livelihood.

    January 8, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  20. ingyandbert

    I've been saying for over a year now that Obama should run against the current Congress. It's chock full of obstructionist Republican zealots and has like a 10% approval rating; it's a no-brainer.

    January 8, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. lebowski1776

    Look at the numbers, it's not that hard to see who's been helping.

    2009 > PRESENT
    Economy (DJI) 6,500 > 12,500
    Jobs (Unemp) 10.5% > 8.6%
    National Debt: 11T- > 13.1-

    2000 > 2008
    Economy(Dji):  11,500 > 6,500
    Jobs(Unemp): 4.0 > 10.5%
    National Debt: 2.5B+ > 11T-

    All Presidents spend money. At least Obama spends it on US.

    January 8, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  22. Daniel6

    someone please throw some water on blinky and let her melt--

    January 8, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  23. joe

    Amazing tosee people defend Pelosi. ("You have to pass it to see what's in it.") Wanna bet she still hasn't read the Obamacare Bill. She's a 1 percenter. Stinking filthy rich off insider trading. And what a bubblehead.

    January 8, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. MAC

    Pelosi and the democrats could not pass a budget while she was Speaker and the democrat Senat cannot pass a budget in 3 years. Let Obama run against them since he and his own party cannot even pass a budget. The Republican House has passed a budget this year!

    January 8, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. Change

    Now if only the President can recess the entire Republican/Tea Party administration by handing them a one-way ticket to pluto, boy how would America prosper and move forward!!!

    January 8, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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