Rallying Democratic Dissenters
Since 1987, Nancy Pelosi has represented California's Eighth District in the House of Representatives. The Eighth District includes most of the City of San Francisco including Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, and many of the diverse neighborhoods that make San Francisco a vibrant and prosperous community. Overwhelmingly elected by her colleagues in the fall of 2002 as Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi is the first woman in American history to lead a major party in the U.S. Congress.
Before being elected Leader, she served as House Democratic Whip for one year and was responsible for the party's legislative strategy in the House. On January 4, 2007, Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. She has been a proponent of increased investments in health research and authored legislation to create an independent national commission to assess the overall performance of the federal government before, during, and after the September 11 attacks.
Nancy Pelosi: Well, with over 230-- I think we have now 236 Democrats in the House-- having a handful of dissenters is really a very small percentage. So I would say that Senator Obama is in excellent shape when it comes to the support that the overwhelming, over 95 percent support, that he has from the House Democrats. They will all be strong advocates for his election to the White House.
Recorded on: June 24, 2008
Members of Congress who do not support Obama are a small percentage.
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