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AUGUST 1, 2017
Pelosi staying in her present role is good for Republicans. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Sunday again dismissed assertions that she should resign her long-held leadership post, saying, I am a master legislator. Pelosi, who has been the Houses top Democrat since 2007, has faced repeated suggestion that she step down since 2010, when Republicans took control of the chamber in a wave election.
Self-promotion is a terrible thing, but somebody has to do it, the California lawmaker told Fox News Sunday. I am a master legislator. I know the budget to the nth degree ... I feel very confident about the support I have in my caucus." Other House Democrats have tried unsuccessfully to replace the 77-year-old Pelosi, most recently after modest House gains in the 2016 elections, largely the result of Democrats failing to articulate a message of economic prosperity to the middle class, particularly those in middle-America.
And rumblings among Democrats resurfaced this year after the party failed in four special House elections to take a Republican-held seat. Pelosi acknowledged that the candidates largely anti-President Trump message had some influence on the losses but insisted that Washington Democrats new A Better Deal message, unveiled last week, will help the party going forward.
Democrats would need their own wave elections
to win more than 40 GOP-held House seats to retake control of the chamber.
However, Pelosi also dismissed questions about whether her party would
win enough seats and her running for House speaker.