House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., predicted on Sunday that Democrats would regain control of the House in November’s elections, pointing to the addition of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on the GOP presidential ticket as a key reason for her optimism.
“We have a very excellent chance to take back the house,” Pelosi said during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union. She added that she believes that Democrats have the money, message and right candidates to win the seats they need to win back the House.
Pelosi said Mitt Romney’s decision to pick Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, was “pivotal” in boosting her party’s chances because Democrats will use Ryan’s proposed budget and his plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program to help rally support.
Given that polls do not favor Democrats at this point, Pelosi also was asked if she thought relations between the House and the White House would improve if Obama wins re-election and House Republicans maintain their majority. She said she did not believe Republicans would cooperate any more than they have in the last four years, saying “obstruction is their agenda.”
“That’s why we have to win the election,” Pelosi said. “Bipartisan collaboration is on the ballot, too.”
She argued that when Democrats last had control of the House in the final few years of President George W. Bush’s presidency, her party found a way to work with him.
When asked about whether Obama is showing leadership in trying to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” Pelosi said the president is doing everything he can to find common ground. She also rejected claims that Obama has not worked as well with Congress as former President Bill Clinton, who was the last Democrat to hold the White House.
“Both score high when it comes to leadership,” she said, though she did acknowledge that Clinton and Obama have different styles of leadership.
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