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Pelosi vows to become U.S. House speaker despite opposition

By Susan Cornwell

 

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reacts to the results of the U.S. midterm elections at a Democratic election night rally and party in Washington, U.S. Nov. 6, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Nancy Pelosi vowed on Thursday to retake the speakership of the U.S. House of Representatives even as a string of critics within her party have said they will oppose her bid.

 

"I intend to win the speakership with Democratic votes. ... I have overwhelming support in my caucus to be speaker of the House," Pelosi, a liberal from San Francisco, said at a news conference. "I happen to think that at this point, I'm the best person for that."

 

Democrats won control of the House of Representatives in congressional elections on Nov. 6, while Republicans held their majority in the Senate.

 

Pelosi, who has led Democrats in the House for 16 years, wants to reclaim the top job of speaker she held from 2007 to 2011, when she was the first woman in that post. The House speaker is next in the line of presidential succession after the vice president.

 

A small but vocal group of Democrats has argued that the 78-year-old Pelosi should step aside and allow change, saying she has not encouraged a younger generation of Democrats to move into leadership positions.

 

Pelosi is unpopular with many voters and has become a punching bag for Republicans.

 

Some Democratic candidates who won swing districts this month made campaign pledges to oppose Pelosi as speaker. Pelosi's critics say such pledges opened the door to victory.

 

Pelosi's backers say the former speaker has the experience needed to challenge President Donald Trump and has offered a legislative agenda that includes Democratic goals such as raising the federal minimum wage and investing in climate-friendly infrastructure.

 

She is also a prodigious fundraiser, a tireless campaigner and has a record that includes passage of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, when she was last speaker. Protecting that law from repeated attacks by Republicans was a top issue for Democrats in their successful campaign for the House.

 

While Pelosi still has more support as leader than anyone else inside the Democratic caucus, which will pick its candidate for speaker on Nov. 28, she might not have enough to get the 218 votes she would need when the full House, including Republicans, votes on Jan. 3.

 

DESIRE FOR CHANGE

Seventeen Democrats have signed a letter pledging not to back Pelosi during the House floor vote, Democratic aides said. Asked about the letter, Pelosi told reporters they should ask the signatories, 14 of whom she said were men, what their motivations were.

 

No challenger has emerged to Pelosi, although Representative Marcia Fudge, a former head of the Congressional Black Caucus, has told some media outlets she is considering a bid. Fudge, 66, a liberal from northeastern Ohio, supported Representative Tim Ryan's failed bid in 2016 to unseat Pelosi as Democratic leader.

 

Fudge told the HuffPost on Thursday that some people oppose Pelosi because they see her as an elitist, "and I think to some degree she is."

 

Representative Kathleen Rice of New York, another Pelosi critic, told reporters that Pelosi's opposition in the Democratic caucus was "north of 25" people and "once we are able to show the leader cannot get to 218 votes, whether it's Marcia (Fudge) or others, (people) are going to throw their hat in the ring."

 

Even some of Pelosi's supporters acknowledged a bottled-up desire for change among Democrats after many years with Pelosi at the helm.

 

"I'm supporting Nancy because no one is more skilled and has earned it," said Representative Gerald Connolly of Virginia. "Having said that, there's a huge desire that's quite understandable for change."

 

Others asked how the party could turn on Pelosi after last week's House wins. "We just won more victories than at any point since Watergate with Nancy Pelosi as our leader," said Jesse Ferguson, a Democratic strategist and former spokesman for Hillary Clinton.

 

Doug Heye, a Republican strategist who launched a “Fire Pelosi” campaign in 2010 when he was with the Republican National Committee, said pent-up frustration among Democratic members for a path to party leadership was legitimate – but that it would be “foolish” for them to oust Pelosi in the speaker’s race.

 

"When I was at the RNC we didn’t launch a "Fire Pelosi" campaign because she was ineffective. It was because she was effective," Heye said in an interview.

 

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Additional reporting by Richard Cowan, Ginger Gibson, Amanda Becker and David Morgan; Editing by Kieran Murray and Peter Cooney)

 
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So much to unpack in that article. Interested to see how this thread goes...

 

I will say her fundraising skills do provide her with a giant megaphone. Hopefully others will be heard and the election process is transparent.

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The Speaker number is 218 votes. There are 229 Democtats +/- which means she has a margin of 11.

 

That means:

a. She needs the entire Democratic majority to vote for her, from the most radical to the most conservative (and there are still a few classic Blue Dogs left). Seems like she wont make it...or

b. She need Republicans...

 

I can only imagine the Horse trading going on behind the scenes...

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13 minutes ago, Nyezhov said:

The Speaker number is 218 votes. There are 229 Democtats +/- which means she has a margin of 11.

 

That means:

a. She needs the entire Democratic majority to vote for her, from the most radical to the most conservative (and there are still a few classic Blue Dogs left). Seems like she wont make it...or

b. She need Republicans...

 

I can only imagine the Horse trading going on behind the scenes...

You completely ignore her past record.

 

She’s the best candidate for the job and only has five minor democrats opposing her, non of whom are themselves willing to put their own name forward.

 

Their opposition to Pelosi is purely related to their own re-election chances in the narrow margin States they represent 

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7 hours ago, Chomper Higgot said:

You completely ignore her past record.

 

She’s the best candidate for the job and only has five minor democrats opposing her, non of whom are themselves willing to put their own name forward.

 

Their opposition to Pelosi is purely related to their own re-election chances in the narrow margin States they represent 

Past record means very little in today's political landscape. In fact it could well be her downfall.

 

There are more than 5 minor Dems opposing her.

 

In addition to those worried about their own re-election chances, virtually everyone to the left of P. (a large and ever-broadening group including young Dems, progressive Dems, and anti-corruption Dems) oppose her as well.

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12 hours ago, mikebike said:

Past record means very little in today's political landscape. In fact it could well be her downfall.

 

There are more than 5 minor Dems opposing her.

 

In addition to those worried about their own re-election chances, virtually everyone to the left of P. (a large and ever-broadening group including young Dems, progressive Dems, and anti-corruption Dems) oppose her as well.

 

You're responding to someone who is "confused" by every single <deleted> post he reads. Don't waste your breath.

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40 minutes ago, Srikcir said:

Already begun:

Rep. Tom] Reed, co-chairman of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, said the growing frustration with gridlock, polarization and a top-heavy leadership approach in Congress are the reasons why several members in his party are willing to supply Pelosi with some Speaker votes in exchange for extracting an overhaul of the House rules. (my underline)

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a25135465/nancy-pelosi-speaker-race-problem-solvers-caucus/

Dont you love the word bipartisan? Problem solvers? Here is a secret for the Dems...you CAN compromise with President Trump on certain issues because:

 

His base is going to love him no matter what 🙂

 

Now mind you that that doesnt mean things like AWBs or raising taxes but take a look at criminal justice reform?

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3 hours ago, guest879 said:

'Pelosi told reporters they should ask the signatories, 14 of whom she said were men, what their motivations were.'

Because any criticism of a woman by men should be assumed to be sexism.  she is a kook and the democrats should be cultivating a new leader who will tackle real issues and not just  cry racism or sexism at every turn. Dems are like a headless chicken so desperate to find a head they may have to run Hillary again. Cant see that going well for them. don't think I could handle years of excuses from her if she lost again.

another post by a Hillary Clinton obsessive

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27 minutes ago, rgraham said:

I would not be surprised if the wack-a-doodle dems choose her again, why not she is typical of the democrat individual.

Don't know about Pelosi, but the level of your argument, if that's the right word to dignify it, seems all too typical of your side.

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I think she and her (team) would do a fine job 

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12 hours ago, Nyezhov said:

The Speaker number is 218 votes. There are 229 Democtats +/- which means she has a margin of 11.

 

That means:

a. She needs the entire Democratic majority to vote for her, from the most radical to the most conservative (and there are still a few classic Blue Dogs left). Seems like she wont make it...or

b. She need Republicans...

 

I can only imagine the Horse trading going on behind the scenes...

 

No way it is only 229, where do you come up with that?

They've already got a confirmed 232 right now and 4 more seats are still TBD.

 

 

That being said, I hope for the Dems sake they get some fresh blood in there.

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