Thursday, October 21, 2010
Nancy Pelosi Expects To Stay On Top
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is sticking by her story.
Democrats will keep the house and she’ll be speaker after Election Day.
Well let me say why I believe that would be very difficult for the Republicans to takeover the House of Representatives,” Pelosi said on the “Charlie Rose Show,” according to a transcript released by Bloomberg. “Let me tell you right here and now that I would rather be in our position right now than theirs. In order for them to win, they have to win around 38 seats and we’ll win some, and so they’ll have to win in the 40s.
“Our members are battle-ready. Many of them have won two elections that were very tough elections. They’ve won in very difficult districts but in terms of Democratic numbers. And they know how to win those elections.”
Pelosi said she has “every anticipation” that she’ll remain speaker, she brushed back on recent words from the White House and said it was Democrats who worked well with former President George W. Bush – not Republicans.
The California Democrat, who has been the top House Democrat since 2002, did say her party will have “to change that reality” by flipping polls that show Republicans leading among likely voters but trailing among registered voters.
It’s the most detailed vision of the immediate future Pelosi has given in recent weeks. Speculation has swirled as Democratic members have spoken out against her on the campaign trail, and as prognosticators in Washington predict that her reign atop the House could come to an end.
It was a reflective appearance – looking back fondly at the past year of landmark legislation her party has passed.
But she also took some blame. Pelosi said “I agree” when Rose said it was the speaker’s fault that the American people didn’t understand the claim that Democrats have created more private sector jobs than did the Bush administration.
The speaker also said she has similarities with the tea party – they both abhor the special interests in D.C., but added there are “other manifestations of the Tea Party that might not be as benign.”
“And some of it may be — some of the good intentions of some may be hijacked and financed by the Republican party,” she said on the program.
The speaker also addressed President Barack Obama’s claim to the New York Times that there is no such thing as a shovel-ready project. Pelosi said that “we in the House have a different view.”
“If they’re not shovel-ready, they’re bulldozer-ready,” Pelosi said.
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