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Pelosi: Read My Lips, Cliff Jumping Is Really Bad

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, accompanied by Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., right, are joined on stage with newly elected Democratic House members.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

photo of Elahe Izadi
November 13, 2012

At least one Democratic House member is saying that it wouldn't be the end of the world if the country goes off the fiscal cliff, but that’s certainly not a tune being sung by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelsoi.

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., told The Huffington Post that Democrats should be willing to go over the cliff in order to get a good deal.

But Pelosi shut down that idea to a room full of reporters on Tuesday.

“I want you to be disabused of any notion that there is any widespread thought that it would be a good thing for our country to go over the cliff. We want an agreement," she said.

Pelosi emphasized that a deal was “absolutely” needed by year's end. She also flexed her leadership muscle, a day before she will announce whether she'll seek to remain the top House Democrat.

“I don’t know if I speak for everyone here, but I think I do and generally for my caucus,” Pelosi said, while flanked by incoming Democratic members. “I don’t know which Democrats you are referring to. But that speculation is not one that is generally shared by our leadership in the House Democratic caucus. We want an agreement. We want one ... that is fair to middle class Americans, that we need to have growth, put growth on the table. If we have growth, we can produce revenue."

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