"They always want to choose our leaders", Pelosi said of Republicans criticizing her and others, such as former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Pelosi and other Democratic leaders insisted that they demonstrated important progress by coming in a close second, and have a good shot at taking back the House in next year's midterm elections.
They explain their totals includes money raised for the party not directly controlled by her committees.
Pelosi blamed the shooting of Republican lawmakers and staff at a baseball practice by a left-wing Bernie Sanders supporter right before the election for Democrat Jon Ossoff's loss in Georgia, citing attack ads demonizing Democrats for political violence.
"I am a strategic politically astute leader", Pelosi said. Democrats are in the minority in the federal and state legislative branches, and they've now sustained five consecutive losses in special House elections. Second-in-command Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., is 78, and number three Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., is 76. She is 77 and has been the face of House Democrats for more than a decade.
In that sense, these Democratic losses are entirely consistent with the possibility of a House takeover. Consistently, she's been underwater on her favorability, which is to say that her negatives are bigger than her positives, so her net favorability is in minus territory.
"When it comes to issues, we are united in our concerns".
"Usually they go after the most effective leaders because they want to diminish the opportunity that we have", Pelosi said.
It's emblematic of the one campaign skill that Republicans have consistently mastered - demonizing their political opponents.
A defiant Nancy Pelosi made it clear she's not going anywhere, brushing off critics from her own party saying "I think I'm worth the trouble".
The final votes had yet to be counted when CNN cast its verdict on Georgia's hotly contested special Congressional election Tuesday night. Trump told the enthusiastic crowd that the two latest victories are likely to help him pass his health care bill and tax reform - as well as to argue that Democrats should try to work with him on areas of interest.
The president's sarcastic support for Pelosi came after he had ranted on his favorite social media platform about a familiar topic - the ongoing Russian Federation investigation and what he views as the Democrats' sour grapes about losing last year's election.
"Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker".
"We can do it because it's Donald Trump, but I mean, you think, what if it was John Kasich?" That's the first one I think he didn't write.
But Handel won the race, which turned out to be the most expensive House race in history, and now some elected Democrats are pointing their finger at Pelosi. "I don't know how many 'moral victories' the Democrats are going to be able to stomach before they realize it's time to actually start winning". We know that Republicans were subject to the same criticism when Democrats were in control. Pelosi's PAC gave $496,000.
The wins in Georgia and SC followed similar victories in special House elections in Kansas and Montana.
On Wednesday, a small group of Democrats urged Pelosi to step down as House Minority Leader, The New York Times reported. Her leadership team is composed of South Carolina's James Clyburn, who is 76, and Steny Hoyer, who is 78. "But her time has come and gone". For the Democrats as a whole, becoming the new Party of No does nothing for a public that across the spectrum demands actual solutions to real problems of income, healthcare, jobs and some coherent vision for the future.
In many ways, that was precisely the approach of the Republicans for much of the Obama administration, and given that both chambers of Congress are now in Republican hands, that party can claim that its strategy worked.