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Nancy Pelosi Has 'No Regrets' Following Midterm Rout

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Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that she has "no regrets" after Republicans swept her party out of power in the House and are poised to move her out of the House speaker's chair. Pelosi's comments came in an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer taped Wednesday afternoon.

"We believe we did the right thing, and we worked very hard in our campaigns to convey that to the American people," Pelosi told Sawyer. "Nine and a half percent unemployment is a very eclipsing event. If people don't have a job, they're not too interested in how you intend for them to have a job. They want to see results."

Republicans won 66 seats on Tuesday night that had been previously been held by Democrats, many of whom were Pelosi's close confidantes and the Democrats' most senior members.

"We're sad about some of the losses of members of great seniority and distinction in the Congress, and some very new members who will no longer be serving with us," Pelosi said. "It's just lost to the Congress."

As the dust settled on Capitol Hill Wednesday in the face of the Democrats' stunning defeats, speculation began to swirl about whether Pelosi would try to remain as the Democratic leader in the House, or whether she would step down from leadership or even leave Congress altogether.

Although Pelosi huddled with Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat in the House, for two hours on Wednesday, neither Hoyer nor Pelosi would say what they discussed or what Pelosi's plans might be. Hoyer is largely considered Pelosi's natural successor for the leadership post, but many of Hoyer's most loyal supporters lost their seats Tuesday night. Hoyer has said he would never challenge Pelosi directly. Pelosi told Sawyer she has not decided what she'll do next.

"I'll have a conversation with my caucus, I'll have a conversation with my family, and pray over it, and decide how to go forward," she said. "But today isn't that day."

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