House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is putting the blame on voters for the Democrats’ loss of the Senate this past Tuesday.
According to a report from the Hill, Nancy Pelosi acknowledged that the party has had a “terrible year,” but the main problem was that people didn’t show up to the polls. And Pelosi is hoping that will change.
“Next year has to be the year to expand the universe of people who vote,” Pelosi said. “I’m concerned that eligible voters did not vote in the election this year.”
Nancy Pelosi added that it doesn’t matter what party a person is voting for. The major concern is that people need to show up to the polls.
“We have the magic and the resources to have massive voter registration over the country — not just places that might benefit the Democrats,” she said. “I don’t care if they vote for a Republican, just so [long as] they vote, get in the game, are counted, and people will pay attention to what their concerns are.”
Nancy Pelosi is not the only person saying that people didn’t show up. Democrat Jerrold Nadler of New York issued a similar sentiment.
“We lost all over because people weren’t motivated to come out to vote,” Nadler said. “And the whole campaign — not just the campaign, but the whole zeitgeist for years — has been the president who has the bully pulpit refusing to attack the Republicans, refusing to differentiate, refusing to defend his own policies.”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Republicans won the Senate for the first time in eight years. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky won his re-election and is expected to take over as Senate Majority Leader from incumbent Harry Reid.
Despite the strong win for the Republicans, Nancy Pelosi is still planning to run for House Minority Leader for the next Congress. According to Politico, it is predicted that Pelosi will not have a challenger for the position.
We must inspire, educate & remove obstacles to political participation as we put the #MiddleClassFirst. That’s why I’m running for Leader.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) November 5, 2014
Looking ahead, Nancy Pelosi noted that she is concerned about what the Republicans will do with complete control of Congress. It won’t be until 2023 when the Congress that will be impacted by the new district map will arrive.
“I don’t know any children that can wait that long for us to do the job for them, any families that can withstand, not only this past few years, but eight years projected,” Pelosi said. “We can make the change in the voting environment in the year 2015. It’s our responsibility.”
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