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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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Nancy Pelosi • Newt Gingrich • President Obama • TV-State of the Union
soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. dizzyblonde

    Pelosi doesn't know Romney? If she did it wasn't memorable? (He's boring,remember) nancy, sweetheart, go pour another cosmo for yourself, your 15 minutes are almost up

    January 8, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. mfx3

    Another stupid idea from a member of Congress.

    January 8, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. 2+2=5

    Well, its not like the right doesn't indulge in the exact same thing. He is right to do this. They got what they wanted and back stabbed Obama. They deserve this kind of attack.

    January 8, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. Here's a Secret

    Here is a little secret. The first two years of Obama's presidency the economy still went down. Now, with a "do nothing" Congress the economy is starting to turn aroumd. So what does that say?

    January 8, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  5. rene

    Yes obama should run again for president we all know he will anyway its already set for him to winn ?????? he has the power over the congress just like bush when he signed with mexico and canada with out letting the congress know its all a big show to me honestly ?

    January 8, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. jim

    GOPs new motto: Party Uber Alles, Party before Country, Party before Decency. Other than Huntsman, can you name a single GOP politician who has put country before party in the last 10 years?

    January 8, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  7. warren

    obama will win. Republicans would destroy the middle and the poor. Because theu dont care about them

    January 8, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  8. GoodRiddance

    There goes nancy again, Oh god forgive this women, she know not what she speaks, LOL

    January 8, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  9. John

    The first two years of Obama's term he had a Democratic Congress. What is Pelosi's excuse for the lack of good legislation then? That's the trouble with Congress today. Everybody blames someone else. Nobody accepts any blame themselves.
    I think Pelosi should look at how the public views Congress. Its not just one party they blame.

    January 8, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  10. G.W.Bush

    Sorry I ruined America...

    January 8, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. Marlee

    On one hand I wish they could all be fired, but on the other they were elected, however when i run out of toes counting the debt i see we need campaign finance reform!

    January 8, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  12. AliCat

    Ex-pat waving from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where Nancy Pelosi is still actually MY Congress-critter (her district is where I last lived in the USA, in San Francisco). And I say, good on you, Nancy, hurray! The Republicans said publicly from the moment he was elected that their absolute priority was to Stop Obama Anyway, Anyhow, on Anything – and they've held to that oath. I don't remember as hateful a party divide in my lifetime, and I'm in my 50s now; this isn't a disagreement over policy, it's a fundamental division between factions that see the USA in completely opposite terms. The thing is, the Republican view of America is a vision that, if it was ever true at all, was only true for white moneyed people (historically men, few women need apply) – and you know what? America has never been a country entirely populated only by white moneyed men, even though they've held most of the power for most of the time. But the times, you know, they have been changing....

    January 8, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  13. Jennifer

    Both parties are to blame. They each blame each other and get nothing done. Its not just republicans just like its not just democrats. Both are out for only two things...themselves and the rich.

    January 8, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  14. Lakisha Jackson

    Ms. Pelosi is one of the smartest politicians out there! I so wish she still were the speaker of the house.

    January 8, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  15. cgs

    Obama came to office with a very high approval rating but he squandered it by immediately bashing republicans. And then he expects republicans to work with him? It's his own fault he has no influence in congress. Remember when he said "I won"? It was all going to be his way. He should not be president if he can't work with congress.

    January 8, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  16. Sogh

    OBAMA has tried, and tried, and tried! And to make him look bad, Congress will not pass NOTHING! He's done one hell of a job in the past 4 years!! I'm NOT scared to be an AMERICAN ANYMORE thanks to President OBAMA! When Bush was in office, I was a nervous reck! Anytime, Osama Bin Laden could have had ANOTHER attack. There were no SHOES thrown at President OBAMA..Our TROOPS are home SAFE! STOP HATING ON PRESIDENT OBAMA! He's OUR PRESIDENT! The BEST President WE'VE had in my 30yrs. He's the NOW Generation President! Thanks for the Great Interest rate Pres!

    January 8, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  17. The_Mick

    Ray E. (Georgia) wrote: "Well Nancy, we do need the Senate to take up the budget. I don't think they have passed one since Obama got elected." +++++ Well, Ray, we do need you to learn how your government works: 1) Budget bills, BY CONSTITUTION, must originate in the House of Representatives. 2) The budget is passed EVERY year by both the House and then Senate. The budget year begins each October.

    January 8, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  18. Lola

    Obama the divider that can't run on his records yet blame everybody for his failures. He had control on both congress for two year ands didn't want to compromise with the republicans. He never once work with both sides and send his minions to do his work for him,so at the last minute he come in and take credit of the results.

    Obama number two guy reid never want to pass anything the house sends his ways involving budget,because him and the dems don't want therepublicans looking good either. Both side sucks.

    He done so many cover ups and workarounds so that anybody else be blame for how things are right now at the moment. Now he acting all tough to make himself look good until the election come up again then obstruct and spend like crazy again. Congress going back to full dem or reps would be disastrous either way and we need new blood in congress as everybody crook as heck.

    January 8, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  19. kit7kat

    Thanks to Obama, this country is finally coming out of recession. We got Laden, too. When the republican party openly declared to make the country's new coming President a failure rather than working with him to solve real problems, what do you expect and whom do you think public should held responsible first? Republicans are following Goebbels strategy – if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes a truth.

    January 8, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  20. Bushy

    Obama is winning the race................. with Jimmy Carter to be the worst president ever.

    January 8, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  21. CypressSteve

    @John the Historian: You discredit yourself, sir, when you say things like, "Just remember Romney will be taking orders from Salt Lake City, the capital of the cult of Mormonism." I understand that you do not believe in what you understand to be Mormonism, but such a bigoted statement is patently false. It is no more true than JFK taking orders from the Pope, etc. Please, can we drop the hatred and focus on the important issues of our day?

    January 9, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  22. Name

    If we don't seriously look at ourselves, there well no country left. We will hand this nation over. We will be destroyed. And maybe that will happen anyway. Because people have had it. Stop buying goods. Stop growing food. No more medicine. No more army to defend us. No nation. We have fallen back into slavery. They say they are religious. Funny. The greatest liberal on earth was the Son of God. Now repubs are better than God. The end is near.

    January 9, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  23. HoTamale24

    Time for pelosi to go back to the swamp...

    January 9, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  24. Mike

    It is not enough for Obama to win the election. In order to move this country forward, we need to move the Republicans in Congress out of the way. That's the first step. Then, we have to eliminate the fillibuster, which was never in the Constitution and has created a non-constitutional requirement for 60%, not 50% majorities. It effectively gives a 40%+ minority the power to halt the governance by a 50%+1 majority. I don't want Republicans to ever use that again, and I don't want Democrats to ever use that again.

    January 9, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  25. Patricksday

    Boehner and Cantor need to be replaced they are trouble makers and have a racist attitude towards the President and are holdling our country hostage for their personal agenda.

    January 9, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
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