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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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ladycarbo

Obviously, Washington doesn't care what the people want! Even elections get ignored. That's it, I can't wait till 2012. People, we tried it, it didn't work out. Get smart again in 2012.

November 14 2010 at 1:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
imaciasjr5

As the former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi played a major supporting role in Obama's rejections of the needs and wants of the American electorate, that in turn resulted in the recent Nov. 2 demise of the Dem control of Congress. The remaining Dems in the new 112th Congress would be absolute fools to vote for Pelosi as Minority Leader. But the GOP may very well like the idea!

November 05 2010 at 6:15 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
aeriallighting1

She amazes me. She worked hard to ram what she wanted through Congress in spite of what the American people wanted. And 9.5 % unemployment? where? The dems caused this and now sugar coat it by basing numbers on active claims. But what about people whos benefits haveexpired? Real time unemployment is about 22 to 24%

November 05 2010 at 8:52 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
cbailey621

I have a lot less regrets now also. One of my biggest is that she and Brown (Governor Moonbeam) are still around. Jerry proved himself last time, I guess it is true that Americans have a real short memory. He will screw it up worse this time,because he did not learn from past mistakes.

November 04 2010 at 6:16 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
venizelos

Speaker Pelosi : Thank you!The millions who received unemployment benefits for 99 weeks can now wait 99 years before a Republican congress gives out another extension.The corporate media's constant propaganda against Obama "CARE" ,Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid paid off,the Public was seduced into thinking that those responsible for creating the mini depression,now will fix everything,since the Democrat's could not undo the damage in 2 years!

November 04 2010 at 6:04 PM Report abuse -21 rate up rate down Reply
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cruisedoc

Do you think it's fair to borrow money our kids will have to pay back (with interest) to pay our salaries today??? Our kids will have their own problems & emergencies.

November 04 2010 at 6:34 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
juddty

DUH!!! The DEMS have had the MAJORITY in both houses since 2007 not 2 years ago. Why weren't they working on all this mess starting then? All they know how to do is spend, spend, spend thus causing more damage!!!!You don't spend what you don't have or can afford, they never learn!!! I'm not saying it wasn't partly to blame of the Repubs. The Dems. just made it worse.

November 04 2010 at 9:27 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
arushdavid

Mitch Mcconnel said the GOP top goal: Make Obama 1-term president... ummm I don't think so... Here's why. If you spend all your time and effort trying to make Obama look bad and do nothing about the economy or jobs... Obama and the american people will use it against you. The ball is now in the republican court... lets see what they do with it.

November 04 2010 at 4:47 PM Report abuse -17 rate up rate down Reply
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cruisedoc

1st: The GOP doesn't need to do a thing to make Obama look bad, he's very good at that himself. 2nd, I'm confident that the GOP will focus on jobs & what's best for America ...which may well include getting rid of Obama. 3rd, the ball isn't in the GOP's court - they now control only 1/2 of one branch of gov. It is, however, enough to put the brakes on the liberal agenda. America has spoken loud & clear. Like one pundit said, "It wasn't an election, it was a restraining order".

November 04 2010 at 6:29 PM Report abuse +18 rate up rate down Reply
rg686217

The republicians only have the house until 2010 so the democrats will continue to make themselves look bad. You can only divide that rich guy up once and then what do you do for an encore.

November 04 2010 at 6:36 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
rosemary1213

Try as I might, I cannot get the words "let them eat cake" out of my head when it comes to Nancy Pelosi and President Obama. They are totally out of touch with the American people. When California goes belly up, and it will, remember that California sets the trends for the rest of the country. We need to practice diligence in our own states to ensure that we do not adopt the entitlement mentality that has driven the beautiful state of California into the ground.

November 04 2010 at 4:18 PM Report abuse +38 rate up rate down Reply
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leetraf

How about let the poor die without health care. That is what the GOP thinks is better than let them eat cake. Not sure if i will be here. I would like to hear what you have to say 2 years from now. After GOP try to destroy Medicare and SS

November 05 2010 at 3:11 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
ahrcshaw

There is no question! She should leave congress! She has done enough damage and we don't need any more! Hoyer, Reid, Frank, and more should also go. Add to that list some Republicans who are following their own agenda and maybe we can get some good goverance.

November 04 2010 at 3:18 PM Report abuse +43 rate up rate down Reply
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leetraf

Polsi .. Won her seat. I am sorry you do not like it. Just say you want to go back to Bush. He almost destroyed my country.

November 05 2010 at 3:13 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
neckromancersj

Only someone with no conscience can make a statement like she did.

November 04 2010 at 1:57 PM Report abuse +62 rate up rate down Reply
creston1

It is my opinion that 2 years in office for the dems is not enough time to right the ship. They were probably over zelous in trying to do too much too fast. There was just too many things wrong and too many corrections from the previous administration to be righted and it was just to overwhelming for the american people to take. I think for sure and if Pelosi was to be completely honest, she would acknowledge the fact that they moved to fast and did not fully understand what it would take to reverse the damage done by the GOP in the previous years to our economy.The next 2 years should be very interesting. At least I know this. If the GOP doesnt straighten out the job market and all that entails they will be removed and replaced. The american people are tired of being tied to the whipping post and will no longer tolerate the games our elected officals play.

November 04 2010 at 1:47 PM Report abuse -52 rate up rate down Reply
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valgaavmiko

Oh, and I want Clinton back...

November 04 2010 at 4:30 PM Report abuse -18 rate up rate down Reply

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