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Pelosi on Democrats who criticize her: 'I just want them to win'

By Emi Kolawole
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she doesn't care that Democrats are running away from her as they campaign furiously in the lead-up to the November elections. She just wants them to win.

In an interview with Judy Woodruff on PBS's "NewsHour" on Thursday, Pelosi defended Democrats who are openly criticizing her leadership:

WOODRUFF: The -- some of those candidates are -- who are running for reelection, though, are running against -- trying to distance themselves from you. They're out there saying, "I didn't go along with Nancy Pelosi and spending bills; I didn't go along with the speaker and the president on health-care reform."
PELOSI: Well, if they didn't --
WOODRUFF: How do you --
PELOSI: That's their record. We don't have -- sometimes Washington gets used to a rubber stamp Congress, which was the very homogenous Congress of the Republican. We're very diverse in opinion, gender, generation, geography, philosophy ... and some members did not vote for some of the bills, and that's their record, and that's what they go out and say. I just want them to win. They know their districts; they are great communicators, very eloquent communicators to their own constituents, and they are the --will be the independent representatives. I say to them, 'Your job description and your title are one and the same: Representative.' So they run on who they are. They don't run on -- and what this is about, again, it just takes it to the middle class. It's not about me; it's about the middle class. They know that. That's what unites us.
WOODRUFF: Even if they're implying criticism of you in their campaign.
PELOSI: Well, they took a different vote. That's a disagreement. I don't call that a criticism.

In the interview, Pelosi also addressed Congress's punt on passing legislation to extend the middle-class tax cuts. Asked whether stalling the vote was a miscalculation, Pelosi replied: "No, not at all...Our members are fully prepared to go home and talk about what they support, and it doesn't require a vote to take a position in it."

Pelosi also insisted that she would return after November with a firm hold on the speaker's gavel. When asked about the possibility that House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) will take over her spot, Pelosi said, "Well, you know what? I'm not here to talk about that, because I'm not predicating any conversation on the basis of Democrats not winning the majority."

The full interview airs Thursday night on PBS.

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By Emi Kolawole  | September 30, 2010; 4:25 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election, 44 The Obama Presidency, Democratic Party  
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Comments

Does anyone really believe that vote wasn't completely worked out before it was taken? There's naive and then there's the press coverage the Democrats get. Pelosi let those, who felt they needed the cover for their election run, vote against adjournment. The numbers were all worked out and she was willing to cast the deciding vote. Does anyone believe differently?

Posted by: bflat879 | October 1, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi thinks a win for them is a win for her. Then after the election she can go back to being Queen Dictator with them bowing at her knee....
Guess she never studied the history of dictators and what ultimately happens to them...Probably didn't study history at the same time we wasn't studying the Constitution!

Posted by: TexRancher | October 1, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

And anyone with a brain cannot wait for the day she will lose. I will have a glass of wine and raise it to the future of this nation. I will take in a breath and sigh in relief but will be ever realistic about the damage this horrible greedy shameless woman has done and the years it will take to get us back on our feet from her ignorance.

Posted by: greatgran1 | October 1, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

She does not care if they can help us or not! Just win
Here is a must see video the likes of Pelosi do not want you to see.
http://www.numbersusa.com/content/resources/video/educational/immigration-world-poverty-and-gumballs-updated-2010.html?jid=715609&lid=9&rid=7407&tid=1046454

Posted by: usmc1969 | September 30, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

I am surprised that it take so long for some democrat to criticize her. Her performance as the speaker really make me sick. As Independent 114 posted earlier,we now slowly find out what the health bill is about after it passes. Surprise! It is not what we wanted. For this she should be ashamed of herself to make a comment like that. Pelosi and Reid should pack their bags and go home and let someone else to replace them. The public is crying out loud to give us more time to review and to understand the health care reform bill, and they don't give a damn and keep making unfair deals with different states just to have it passes. Do you consider this is democracy? For that, I am ashame to be a democrat, and I am sure I will not vote for any democrat on the next election just to let them know we are getting sick their actions.

Posted by: BangBangBang | September 30, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Nancy Nancy...sure you want them to win, why else would you hand them a bill scream if they asked to read it tell them they can find out whats in it after it passes, next time offer a dull steak knife to slit their own throats. BUT this Independent who made a huge mistake voting in the communist idiot into this country Thanks YOU at this point in time we the people can turn you and them OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!! Remember a vote for a Democrat comes with a sickle in hand!!!

Posted by: independent114 | September 30, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

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