House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is guaranteeing Democrats will “overwhelm” and be victorious over Republicans in 2020 — and will have their gameplan mapped out by November 2019.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Pelosi said that she’s “going to have our races won by this November.”
Looking back on her last turn as the leader of Congress’ lower chamber, the House Speaker pointed to what she did wrong the last time and what she’s learned from it as she moves forward.
“You cannot let your opponents characterize — mischaracterize — what you’re about,” Pelosi said. “So, what was missing from that was a strong messaging piece, and that’s what we had in this last election.”
The speaker told the Post that in hindsight, she should have coordinated a Democrat pushback to the GOP’s attacks on the Affordable Care Act the last time she led the House.
“I was in this office, but I didn’t — I didn’t — relish being speaker. I relished the power of legislative accomplishments,” she said. “I didn’t see a public role.”
Democratic leadership, the report noted, “is particularly pushing the freshmen running their first reelection to raise as much money as possible” and encouraging threatened incumbents to hold lots of town halls.
Her hope is that by November 2019, Republicans will think twice about running against Democrat incumbents.
“We fully intend to win this election, and some of you are vulnerable,” Pelosi said, addressing Republicans. “It’s going to cost you millions of dollars, to win or lose. And if you win — say you win — you’re in the minority, probably want to teach at the university.”
“So we get the A-team, and they get the retirements,” she said. “That’s my plan.”