Pelosi confident Democrats will win back House, says Obama will “win big”
U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that despite predictions by so-called experts to the contrary, she’s confident her party will win back the chamber in the Nov. 6 election.
“The momentum is with us,” Pelosi said. “Our motto is don’t agonize, organize.”
Pelosi declined to say, however, if she would remain as her party’s House leader if Republicans retain control of the chamber.
“We are not talking about what happens if we don’t win,” Pelosi told a group of reporters invited to her office.
Besides, she said, “It is really up to my caucus … and my family.”
Pelosi, 72, initially elected to the House in 1987, became the first woman House speaker in 2007. She held the post until 2011, when Republicans took the House and made John Boehner speaker.
A number of political analysts predict that Democrats may gain up to a half dozen or so House seats, but not the 25 needed to take control.
Pelosi rejects such talk and said she and fellow Democrats, based on what they see in a variety of polls and what they see and hear in the field, believe they can win.
The House Democratic leader conceded, however, that outside Republican groups could end up substantially outspending her party, and that could hurt her party’s chances.
Pelosi made it clear that she is pinning much of her hopes on President Barack Obama, figuring he will win re-election and give House Democrats a lift at the polls.
“He is going to win big,” Pelosi said of Obama, who recent polls show to be leading Republican challenger Mitt Romney, whose campaign has been struggling in recent weeks.
“I don’t think there is any way on the face of the Earth that Mitt Romney wins the presidential (race),” Pelosi said.
Photo: House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer