Pelosi: Obama ‘should run against this do-nothing Congress’

By David Edwards
Sunday, January 8, 2012 15:16 EDT
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Nancy Pelosi speaks to CNN
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Sunday advised President Barack Obama to make his re-election campaign a referendum on how little Republicans have accomplished since taking control of the House of Representatives.

Last week, Obama responded to Republicans who had criticized him for appointing former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and three others to the National Labor Relations Board. Many conservatives had argued that the since the Senate was not technically in recess, the move was illegal.

“When Congress refuses to act, and as a result, hurts our economy and puts our people at risk, then I have an obligation as president to do what I can without them,” Obama explained.

In an interview that aired Sunday, CNN host Candy Crowley asked Pelosi if she was comfortable with the president running against Congress “because that’s you.”

“It’s not me,” Pelosi replied. “It’s the Republican majority in the House of Representatives.”

” I have no problem with the president’s statement. I think he should run against this do-nothing Congress. For the past year there’s been very little — there has been a missed opportunity for building the infrastructure of America, making it in America with manufacturing initiatives for our country. … I think it is really important for the president to make the case that he is running against a do-nothing Congress,” she added

Watch this video from CNN’s State of the Union, uploaded Jan. 8, 2012.


(H/T: The Huffington Post)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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