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Pelosi Says, "We're Not Losing," Vows Democrats Will Win Congress In November

Callie Schweitzer |
October 10, 2010 | 1:07 p.m. PDT

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Nancy Pelosi (Creative Commons)
Nancy Pelosi (Creative Commons)
California Democrat and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is painted as one of the more resilient politicians entering the midterm elections in a Sunday New York Times article.

So much so, in fact, she tells the Times and other reporters in San Francisco, "We're not losing...I feel that we will be in the majority and that I will be speaker of the House."

From the Times:

In recent months, the 70-year-old speaker’s days have been packed with private fund-raising events across the country for many of the Democrats who have been publicly avoiding her like bedbugs. (Since the beginning of 2009, she has raised $52.3 million for Democratic incumbents, candidates and the party’s Congressional campaign committee, second only to President Obama among Democrats.)

But Pelosi remains confident with less than a month to go before November's elections.

In response to a reporter's question if she thinks about not keeping the House, Pelosi says, "No, never."

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released September 28 shows Sarah Palin has higher national approval ratings than Pelosi. Thirty-percent of those surveyed have a positive impression of Palin, and 48 percent have a negative impression. Only 22 percent of those surveyed have a positive impression of Pelosi, and 50 "have a somewhat or very negative" view of Pelosi, putting her on the same level as oil giant BP.

Republican strategists have been noting "The Pelosi Effect" as even more beneficial than the Obama effect.

From Yahoo News:

Although she maintains strong support among the Democratic Party's liberal base, the ease with which her opponents have caricatured her as an out-of-touch "San Francisco liberal" has saddled many Democrats in competitive races with political baggage that unhelpfully ties them to the party's leadership in an anti-establishment year. Some, such as freshman Rep. Bobby Bright, D-Ala., refuse to commit to voting for Pelosi as speaker next year. Republican strategists say that it may be even more advantageous to tie Democrats to Pelosi than to President Obama, because although the president's policies are unpopular, he is not as personally disliked.

David Plouffe, President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign manager, told reporters Thursday that Democrats should expect Republicans to take control of Congress in November's elections.

Failing to do so, he said, would be an embarrassment for the Republican Party.

In July, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said there was a strong chance the Democrats would lose control of the House in November.

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