Pelosi Aiming to Return as Speaker

Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 12:16 PM

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi thinks Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick Rep. Paul Ryan will help fuel Democrats in congressional races to victory — and a return to her House Speaker role — by drawing attention to their opponents’ votes for his budget plan, USA Today reported.

Election forecasters told USA Today the House of Representatives remains out of reach for Democrats in 2012. But Pelosi, the former House Speaker, is eyeing a return to her old post.

The California congresswoman, 72, said having Ryan on the ticket might tilt some close congressional races.

"For us, it's interesting because these members of Congress have voted for the Ryan budget. And when you said to people 'the Ryan budget' and they said, 'What's that?' Well, now they know," she told USA Today. "It's a vote the Republican members have all taken, so for us, it's very potent."

Republicans control the House 240-191, with four vacant seats. Democrats need a net gain of 25 seats to win a majority. USA Today cited the Cook Political Report and Rothenberg Political Report estimates saying Democrats will fall far short.

"The view from Washington may be something different," Pelosi told USA Today in response to their forecasts, "but I see the caliber of the candidates that we have: They're very committed."

National Republican Congressional Committee communications director Paul Lindsay told the paper, "Nancy Pelosi has a steep climb back to the speaker's chair that is mostly of her own making. She has steered her caucus decidedly more liberal and endangered many House Democrats who have been forced to write checks with party leaders in Washington that they can't cash with voters back home."




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