Pelosi: Obama Must Be 'Perfect' to Win Again

Speaker also reportedly says Dems could grab back 25 seats
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2010 7:33 AM CST
Pelosi: Obama Must Be 'Perfect' to Win Again
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., walks through Statuary Hall, on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Nancy Pelosi told top Democrats that President Obama needs to be “perfect” if he wants a second term, several Democratic aides tell Roll Call. She predicted that Obama will face a struggle in 2012 due to the Democrats' loss of governorships in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and other key states, the House Speaker reportedly said in a conference call. But she added that the party will have plenty of chances to reclaim 25 seats and return to the majority.

Pelosi noted that she wasn’t sure the White House was ready to handle a Republican house, said one aide; another denied Pelosi had said so. “The call was about the lame-duck session, and the Speaker believes that the president will be re-elected in 2012 and has said so on numerous occasions,” said a spokesman.
(Read more Nancy Pelosi stories.)

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