Pelosi: 100% Confident I Will Be Speaker; "We Have An Obligation To Try To Find Common Ground"

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she is 100% confident that she will be the next Speaker of the House in an interview Thursday night with CNN's Chris Cuomo. Pelosi said the country is in a "perilously constitutional moment" and feels obliged "to try to find common ground where we can."

"Total… A hundred percent… A hundred percent, yeah," Pelosi said of her chances at the Speakership. "I didn’t ask anybody for support, because I was too busy winning an election and I didn’t think it was appropriate to ask members or candidates then."

"I’m sure we can come to agreement on some things and we have an obligation to try to find common ground," Pelosi said about her phone call with President Trump following the midterm election results.





The incoming House leader said she is opposed to impeaching a president "for political reasons."

"I don’t think we should impeach a president for political reasons," Pelosi told CNN's Cuomo. "But I don’t think we should not impeach him because we think it’s politically… impeding for us to do so. We have to see what the facts are. But you know what? There weren't calls to impeach to President George W. Bush for going into Iraq."

"I’ve never really been completely made well with certain elements on the Left, not impeaching the president," Pelosi lamented.

Highlights, via CNN:

Pelosi confidence on becoming speaker: Total… A hundred percent… A hundred percent, yeah. I think that my letter last night -- because I didn’t ask anybody for support, because I was too busy winning an election and I didn’t think it was appropriate to ask members or candidates then. And how it works is the caucus nominates someone –

Pelosi on dismissal of Sessions: I do think everybody cares about our Constitution. And when they see this is -- this is a perilously constitutional moment; I don’t say it’s a constitutional crisis quite yet, but it’s a perilous time and we will see tonight people in the streets because of this firing. But should the president go to Rosenstein or Mueller or something like that, it would be even worse. This is a very important moment and I hope the president is not frivolous about it. This person does not, should not be there because of the statements he’s made already. The fact that it is constitutionally on weak ground is another reason he should -- there are plenty of qualified people he could name, who could be confirmed.

Pelosi on impeaching the president: I don’t think we should impeach a president for political reasons. But I don’t think we should not impeach him because we think it’s politically… impeding for us to do so. We have to see what the facts are. But you know what? There weren’t (INAUDIBLE) impeach to President George W. Bush for going into Iraq. I’ve never really been completely made well with certain elements on the Left, not impeaching the president -- for representing to the -- misrepresenting to the country -- maybe he didn’t, but his administration did -- misrepresenting –

Pelosi on phone call with Trump: Well, I don’t know if he said “deals” -- it was very noisy in the room. There was a jubilant, jubilant crowd in that room celebrating our taking back the House… I heard the word “infrastructure” -- that came through clearly. But he said that, you know, let’s talk how we -- I’m sure we can come to agreement on some things and we have an obligation to try to find common ground.

Pelosi on Democratic issues and immigration: My suggestion to all of our campaigns -- incumbents and newcomers was stick with lower healthcare costs, bigger paychecks and integrity in government -- that’s going to enable us to do what we need to do on immigration. Do not get engaged in a fight on immigration, where the president is not telling the truth to the American people -- where they’re taking babies out of the arms of their mothers -- Not in a campaign... It’s about time. I mean, it’s about timing. Now we can talk about how we can come together and put together bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform. It passed the Senate, in a bipartisan way, a few years ago -- but again, the Speaker would not bring it up in the House. That was really a very sad thing for our country.

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