|By:Â Seung Min Kim, Politico|
|House Minority LeaderÂ Nancy PelosiÂ on Tuesday launched political grenades atÂ Mitt Romney, arguing that Republicans havenâ€™t coalesced behind the GOP frontrunner because they donâ€™t believe he can beatÂ President Barack ObamaÂ in November.The Houseâ€™s top Democrat repeatedly jabbed at the former Massachusetts governor during an hour-long interview hosted by POLITICO and taunted the GOP for a slate of presidential contenders that she said was â€œnot exactly what you would call the first string of the Republican Party.â€|
â€œIf the far right thought that Romney could win, they might be more enthusiastic about him,â€ Pelosi told POLITICOâ€™s Mike Allen during Tuesdayâ€™s Playbook Breakfast. â€œBut they question what he stands for and they donâ€™t think heâ€™s going to win. So whatâ€™s the sell? Iâ€™m not sure he knows what he stands for, and that makes it harder too.â€
â€œI donâ€™t know who knows him,â€ she added ofÂ Romney. â€œDoes he know him?â€
When asked about Romneyâ€™s vow to vetoÂ the DREAM ActÂ if he were president, Pelosi said that showed he lacked an â€œunderstandingâ€ of policies that would not only help young illegal immigrants but bolster the United Statesâ€™s competitiveness in a global economy.
â€œHeâ€™s not going to be president,â€ Pelosi said. â€œBut I think itâ€™s indicative of a hard line that doesnâ€™t seem consistent with who he was as governor.â€
And though she remains one of the most prominent congressional figures, Pelosi said she has no problem withÂ ObamaÂ running againstÂ a so-called â€œdo-nothingâ€ CongressÂ as he campaigns to keep the White House in 2012.
â€œThis is a Congress that has done such a disservice to our country,â€ Pelosi said. â€œBless their hearts. They do what they believe, these Republicans. They do what they believe. And they do not believe in a government that has any role in clean air, clean water, food safety, public safety, public health, public education, Medicare, Medicaid.â€
Pelosi, the first female House speaker in history, struck an optimistic tone as she outlined her strategy this year for Democrats to win in November and for her to take back the speakerâ€™s gavel. She mapped out six states that she said would be critical to win the 25 districts needed for Democrats to regain control of the House â€“ Illinois, New York, California, Texas, Florida and Arizona â€“ and set an even higher bar of 35 seats.
She said Democrats have targeted about 75 districts so far and would have to play in at least 50 of them to have a shot at winning back 25 seats. Pelosi also touted female congressional candidates such as Tammy Duckworth, a former assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs who is running for Congress in Illinois, and former Orlando police chief Val Demings, who is trying to unseat Rep.Â Daniel WebsterÂ (R-Fla.).
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