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Pelosi: GOP should fear losing the House

Pelosi: GOP should fear losing the House
© Greg Nash
 
Asked if Republicans should be worried about the House flipping, Pelosi didn’t hesitate.
 
“They should be,” she said during a press briefing in the Capitol.
 
Yet Pelosi downplayed the effects of Ryan’s retirement on the elections, saying the Democrats won’t alter their messaging or fundraising strategy as a result of Ryan’s decision, announced Wednesday, to retire at the end of the term. 
 
“We’re not watching their game, we’re watching our game,” she said. “It’s about the future. It’s not about the internal workings of the Republican Caucus.” 
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Pelosi said the greater boon to the Democrats’ election chances has been President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems add five candidates to ‘Red to Blue’ program White House notifies Russia that no new sanctions are coming: report Senators push HHS to negotiate lower prices on opioid overdose reversal drug MORE’s historically low approval ratings, which have encouraged many GOP members to retire while helping drive Democratic recruitment.
 
“The mobilization, the volunteerism, the candidates willing to run — we feel very confident,” she said. 
 
“When the president is below 50 percent one year before the election, that means he gets the retirements [and] we get the A-Team,” Pelosi added. “That this president was, one year before the election, under 40 [percent] really means it’s going to be a very good year for us.”
 
Ryan on Wednesday captivated Washington in announcing that he won’t seek reelection for an 11th term, choosing instead to bow out just three years after ascending to the Speaker’s chair. Ryan said he’d accomplished his primary goal — the tax cuts enacted last December — and wants to spend more time with his family. 
 
“If I'm here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad,” he said. “I just can't let that happen.”
 
Critics charged that Ryan is leaving to avoid the aftermath of what’s shaping up to be a tough election cycle for the Republicans — and to avoid taking blame for the soaring deficit spending he oversaw.