Nov 3, 2016 1:36 PM
NH1 News Political Director
CONCORD – Trying to win back the U.S House of Representatives is very high on her list, but it's not House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s top goal in next week’s election.
Speaking one-on-one with NH1 News, the California Democrat said “the most important action we can take is to elect Hillary Clinton president of the United States.”
Pelosi spoke with NH1 News moments after headlining an event for Democratic Congresswoman Annie Kuster, who’s running for re-election in New Hampshire’s 2nd District.
“In order for her (Clinton) to succeed she has to be able to appoint a cabinet and justices to the Supreme Court. So winning the United States Senate is essential to that. We have a fight on our hands to win the House. We have the races that are possible to do it, but whatever we do, we will make progress,” Pelosi said.
“But we’re not taking our eye off the ball in winning the White House. That’s the most important race. That has really become a race about the character of America. And Hillary Clinton is going to be a great president. I have no doubt that she will win,” she added.
Democrats would have to pick up a challenging 30 House seats next week in order to regain control of a chamber where they haven’t held the majority since 2010.
Pelosi warns of another Clinton impeachment
If Clinton defeats GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump in next week’s election, House Republicans are already threatening investigations.
Asked if she’s worried about that prospect, Pelosi told NH1 News “yes, I’m worried about it .”
“The American people don’t want that,” she argued. “The American people don’t want the Republicans in Congress wasting taxpayer dollars and wasting time.”
Pelosi stated that “we’re there for a purpose and the purpose is to do policy to improve the lives of the American people, not to engage in politics to obstruct.”
She then reached back in history, saying House Republicans “did this 20 years ago… they impeached President Clinton. They’re going to try to do that again.”
And she argued that when she served as House Speaker and her party held the chamber’s majority in the last two years of President George W. Bush’s second term, “it’s not what we did to President Bush. We treated him with respect. We disagreed with him on the war in Iraq. We disagreed on privatizing Social Security. But we worked with him on every other issue and got many things accomplished working together.”
U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi headlines a re-election event for Congresswoman Annie Kuster in Concord on Nov. 3, 2016
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