House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Sunday it is imperative Republicans maintain control of Congress in November, and is confident his party can achieve the goal of keeping Democrats from holding the majority of seats.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi embraced a guilty-as-charged response on Tuesday when asked about a Republican attack ad on her desire to raise taxes.
"I'm okay. Just win, baby", she said, misattributing the quote made famous by Davis and his Oakland Raiders to the NBA's Golden State Warriors, the league's defending champions who are now in the midst of a playoff run.
"If they have to do that to win the election, I'm all for winning", Pelosi said during an interview with Politico Playbook at the Liaison Hotel in Washington. That wasn't surprising - nobody thought Pelosi would stick around this long after losing the speakership only to retire once her party won back the majority - but Pelosi's promise made that likelihood into a certainty and put further pressure on Democrats to pick a side.
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Pelosi also went after the Republicans for focusing so intently on her in lieu of problems facing the country, while offering a warning to Democrats not to allow GOP operatives to decide the party's leadership. "I don't take offense at that", she said.
"That became very important to me, that there would be a woman at the table where these decisions are negotiated".
When she thought Hillary Clinton was going to be elected president and Democrats would retake the Senate in 2016, Pelosi was prepared to leave. She says she collapsed and he fondled her while driving her to the hospital.
Her message to such candidates, channeling iconic former Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis: "Just win, baby". "I have nine grandchildren", she said. "You have to believe". "Do you know what you sound like?"