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Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that she is "not nervous" about Democratic prospects in November, but she made clear that she is still irked about White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' remark three weeks ago that the party could lose its majority in the House.

Asked how Democrats got to the point where pundits, politicians and political professional were speculating about the possibility of a GOP takeover, Pelosi said on ABC's "This Week": "We don't see it that way. We're very proud of the agenda that we've put forth for the American people. . . . We would have had twice as many people unemployed as there are now if we had not moved forward. These actions are all controversial because we were digging our way out of a deep ditch."

She added: "We've been legislating for the past 18 months. The other side has been in campaign mode for 18 months, saying no, stopping job creation, and the rest. But our members are the best salespersons for their own districts. They've been elected there. They know their constituents."
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She said that she never takes "anything for granted" but that she was "not nervous" about the outcome of the midterms.

But Pelosi did appear to be still irritated over Gibbs' statement on NBC's "Meet the Press" on July 11 in which he said, "There's no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control."

When "This Week's" new moderator, Christiane Amanpour, asked Pelosi how she felt about the president's spokesman saying the Democratic majority was in jeopardly, Pelosi said, "With all due respect, I don't spend a whole lot of time thinking about what the president's employees say about one thing or another."

She added: "You know what? I'm Speaker of the House. I have a great chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. . . . We have a solid plan of messaging and mobilizing at the grassroots level and management of our campaigns. And we have a two-to-one advantage money-wise. So we feel very confident about where we are, whether that's well known to that gentleman or not."

On "Fox News Sunday," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the mood of the country right now favored the Republicans but acknowledged that the Democrats would -- in the word offered by Fox interviewer Chris Wallace -- "spin" anything short of a House or Senate takeover as a victory for them.

"I'd love to have the election tomorrow, but obviously it's not tomorrow, and your point is well made," McConnell said. "I think one of the things we need to do is remember that there's still three months to go. If the election were today, we'd certainly have a good day, but it's a long way until November. They have a lot of money. They've outspent us for the last three cycles and I expect them to do it again. They're not going to go down easily."

Asked what message Republicans would take to voters between now and the elections, House Minority Leader John Boehner said: "I think it's pretty clear that the American people are tired of the job-killing agenda in Washington, D.C. They want the spending spree to stop. They want to make sure that taxes are not increased. And what I want Republicans to do in August is to go home and talk about the better solutions that Republicans have been offering over the last 18 months."

McConnell suggested that the way Republicans would answer charges that they have been obstructionist and the party of "no" on such issues as extending unemployment benefits and greater financial industry regulation was to make the point that the GOP is trying to block measures that would hurt the economy by increasing debt and impeding growth.

"Everything they're doing is killing jobs," McConnell said.

However, on CNN's "State of the Union," Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-S.C.), who has come closest to adopting the GOP "maverick" role that Sen. John McCain once filled, said that while he agreed with the strategy of fighting the Democratic agenda "when it makes bad sense . . . we have to do more than say no."

"What are we for as a party?" Graham asked. "We've been in power where we had 55 senators and we had a Republican president. You can look back and say we were not . . . best stewards of government spending. I think what we need to go forward as a party is an agenda that gives us resonance with a broader group of people. What are we going to do, if we get the Congress back, on spending?"

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Changling

"You know what? I'm Speaker of the House. I have a great chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. . . . We have a solid plan of messaging and mobilizing at the grassroots level and management of our campaigns. And we have a two-to-one advantage money-wise. So we feel very confident about where we are, whether that's well known to that gentleman or not." ......Its nice she is confident she and her party are prepared for reelection but I didn't see any word on what they plan to do for We the People.

September 23 2010 at 12:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
punnster

Just saying that she is not nervous, Pelosi seems to indicate she has some trepidations. Pelosi sees the writing on the wall. We do not like her behind closed door chicanery and we have written on the wall---- PELOSI--- YER --OUT.

August 02 2010 at 2:50 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
robertbruce03

i think we should be more concerned about the trillions of $ that is being horded and tax that money heavily since nobody builds factories anymore, they just play the money markets.. we need to "INCENTIVIZE" them to build things.. etc.

August 02 2010 at 2:45 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
416441617

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in a democratic society. Those who manipulate these unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country" So said Edward Bernays author of "Propaganda"

When people are led to believe, then chose to believe what they were lead to, there is no democracy, it then becomes an autocratic society with the benefits going to a select few rather that the general populace.

Both parties have led America to believe they are the right way to go, and both parties are wrong on all counts. The right way to go is for America to wake up and see "what's afoot Holmes"

To me the rhetoric is the same on both sides, the only difference between is the inflections. America open your eyes and ears see what is happening, and understand the ramifications as though your life depends on it, because it does, now more than ever, we must come together and realize the "Dream" of Martin, the "Hope " of Washington and the other Founding Fathers, and every American that stood for what they believed in. We are not perfect, we make errors, but we also fix errors, then move on. The mood in Washington is one of fear, fear of loosing position. My fear in El Paso is one of fear of loosing the United States of America. The ones who want "Transformation" AKA "Reform" want us to remain as the proverbial ostrich with the head in the sand waiting for the bad to pass. they also want you to forget the "Constitution and Declaration" because they are undeniably America at it's best, and that does not suite their purpose. They fear you, make that fear tangible to them. Wake up America see what's happening, then as a country do the right thing.

August 02 2010 at 1:57 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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glendaaparis

416441617: I too fear the loss of the United States of America. The America now is not the one I grew up in.

August 02 2010 at 1:10 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
tistolaugh

Wow if the posts on thse boards are any indication, the Dem Party is toast in November. Of course they continue to be in denial, so it is a good thing we have a frowing number of polls to back it up. Let's call it the Dem Adios Tour, 2010.

August 01 2010 at 10:14 PM Report abuse +38 rate up rate down Reply
Wally

Nancy Pelosi will most likley loose her election due to the loss of jobs and the bad economic conditions in the state of California. A lort of people have left and more will follow as California economic situation worsens.
The only people hiring is the US Military !

August 01 2010 at 10:00 PM Report abuse +40 rate up rate down Reply
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glendaaparis

Walter, my hope is Pelose, Reid, Boxer, Waters, Frank, and more lose. I also hope Shirley Lee Jackson (Texas) loses. These people are a disgrace to America, and we are a disgrace to continue to re-elect them.

August 02 2010 at 1:13 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
indflask

I think any President that has enjoyed control of both the House and Senate has typically done their worst work. When 1 party controls all of the legislative legs, it becomes a de-facto dictatorship and ideas don't seem to be properly vetted, challenged or evaluated. President Obama should allow more input from outside of his party-at least partially to protect himself from himself. In my lifetime, neither party has been able to enjoy this type of control for more than 2 years.

August 01 2010 at 9:56 PM Report abuse +28 rate up rate down Reply
Juan

We may be a bit frustrated with the slow and steady progress but I don't know too many people who want to go back to the failed Bush policies except, of course, the republicans.

August 01 2010 at 9:56 PM Report abuse -39 rate up rate down Reply
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Kenneth

How could we ever go back to the failed bush policies when Bush is not in office and neither are the republican congress that he had. Even if we elected all new republicans and a new republican president you could never have Bush. no 2 people will ever think or act alike.

August 01 2010 at 10:06 PM Report abuse +28 rate up rate down Reply
Wally

The Democratic party shot down the Arizona every time they spoke on TV . They are in charge with the House and Senate majority and do nothing about the Illegal Immigration policy. They need to "get with the program". The US Congress, Senate and the President think WE work for them !

August 01 2010 at 9:27 PM Report abuse +40 rate up rate down Reply
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Jeff

Show them in November whose in charge.

August 02 2010 at 5:00 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
jspe7

Demdestruction, you have it so wrong. Do not lt FOX news cloud your thinking From day one, President Obama has reached out to the Republican leadership and their reply has been "NO" to everything, including some things that they were for before the election, such as "disclosure" so that Americans would know who were the largest contributors to the parties. They wanted a bipartisan commission on the deficit and when it was proposed to them they turned it down, voting against their own bill to form a commission, and on and o Obama held out a hand of co-operation to them and they turned down everything. During the Bush disaster, the Democrats were never made to participate in anything ad were locked out of all legislative proceedings---NO DEMOCRATS ALLOWED, and so many bills, including the MASSIVE tax cuts for the rich, were done thru RECONCILIATION
Americans will remember who said "NO" to everything except more tax breaks for the rich

August 01 2010 at 9:18 PM Report abuse -32 rate up rate down Reply
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Kenneth

Yes we will remember who said no when the people vote out the democrats .If you would have had a chance to read some of the bill not to mention the bills and pork tied to the bills you would have to say know. Of all the bill put to a vote in the senate how many had nothing at all attached just the main bill by itself?

August 01 2010 at 10:10 PM Report abuse +23 rate up rate down Reply

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