House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared on Sunday that the selection of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate may mark a turning point for Democrats to retake the House.
“That is a day things really changed,” asserted Pelosi on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley. “We were on a path. I would have said to you then we were dead even. Well, momentum is very much with us.”
She said that the Romney/Ryan plan to convert Medicare into a voucher system places decision-making in the hands of insurance companies.
“The whole pillar [is] that Medicare is about economic and health security for our seniors and those who depend on Medicare,” she said. “There are families who need their parents and grandparents to be provided for under Medicare. Everybody understands that. If you don't believe in Medicare, you will say what the Republicans are saying.”
While Pelosi said that Democrats “have an excellent chance to take back the House,” she also insisted that there will be more gridlock if Republicans regain control.
“You’ll see more of the same because it's really important for the public to know that the Republican obstruction of President Obama's jobs bills and whatever he was advancing, their obstruction is their agenda,” she charged.
She added that nothing short of “bipartisan collaboration” is on the ballot in the November election.
“When President Bush, George W. Bush, was president and we were in the majority and I was the speaker, we had our differences, we fought, but we also found common ground,” she said.
Pelosi declined to say if she would seek to remain House Minority Leader if Democrats fail to gain a majority or House Speaker if they do.
“This isn't about me,” she told Crowley. “This is about Medicare. It's about Social Security. It's about women's rights. It's about the American dream. It's about our democracy. All of that is on the ballot.”
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