Nancy Pelosi Maintains House in Play
Posted at 3:11 p.m. on Sept. 16, 2012
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in an interview that aired this morning pushed back against the growing consensus that Democrats have a difficult path ahead to win back control of the House of Representatives.
“So we have the message, we have the messengers, we have the money, we have the mobilization,” Pelosi said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We have a very excellent chance to take back the House.”
Democrats need 25 seats to gain control of the House.
Anchor Candy Crowley asked Pelosi if she agreed with a recent Roll Call story that stated that Democratic House chances are “theoretically possible but unlikely.”
“No. I think that, first of all, I don’t know what the source of that is,” Pelosi said. “But I do know what the source of our confidence is, and that’s the quality of our candidates. They’re just great, the fact that they are strong in terms of their grassroots mobilization and their resource raising and the rest.”
By mid-summer, leading House watchers began to rule out scenarios in which Democrats will win back the House. Staffers at the National Republican Congressional Committee have even pitched strategies in which the GOP makes small gains this fall.
But Pelosi pointed to Mitt Romney’s August selection of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his running mate as the moment when Democratic odds improved.
“That is the day things really changed. We were on a path. I would have said to you then we were dead even,” she said. “Well, the momentum is very much with us, the Medicare issue in this campaign.”
It is a growing refrain from party leadership.
In a recent interview with Roll Call, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) insisted that Democratic circumstances in the last month have improved the party’s odds. Former DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) echoed those sentiments as well, along with numerous Democrats at the party convention in early-September.