Pelosi Delivers Remarks on Democratic Victories
Wednesday, November 8, 2006; 1:20 AM
NOVEMBER 7, 2006
SPEAKERS: U.S. REPRESENTATIVE NANCY PELOSI (D-CA), HOUSE MINORITY LEADER
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ (D-FL)
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE KENDRICK MEEK (D-FL)
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Thank you so much. Can you feel it?
The wave is starting. We are going to take this country in a new direction and the 30-something members up here are so proud, so proud of all of you for your hard work and your commitment and your time and your energy and your gut.
We have an opportunity starting in my home state of Florida, moving across this country, to finally bring this country in a new direction and do what we have yearned to do: take the majority back for this United States of America.
We want to make sure you keep those flags waving in the air. We want to show this country what Democrats will do for them. We will continue to speak up and speak out and be the voice of the people who need us.
And now it is my privilege to introduce my good friend, my colleague, also from the great state of Florida, Congressman Kendrick Meek.
MEEK: A little bit more here. Come on.
MEEK: We've been waiting a very long time for this night to get here. And it's here now.
I want to -- I just want to thank all of the folks out there tonight, worked very hard to get us here to the Hyatt.
We have a lot of election results that are still coming in, but I'm happy at what I'm seeing right now, the numbers that we've already picked up of House seats from Republican seats to Democratic seats, that will turn the House of Representatives hopefully at the end of the night, God willing, we will be in the majority on behalf of the people of the United States of America.
I want to let you know, night after night, these two people behind me and other members of the 30-something working group went to the floor to talk on behalf of the American people, on behalf of our men and women that are in Iraq right now, on behalf of those who don't have health insurance, on behalf of those veterans that have to wait two and three months just to see the opthamologists.
We gave the voice on the House. We're glad that Leader Pelosi allowed us to do it.
MEEK: What I want to do at this time, ladies and gentleman, hopefully ladies and gentlemen, this will be my last time, if God's willing, introducing the person that put all of this together.
This outstanding leader from California has led the House Democrats into the most unified caucus that we've ever been in recent years on behalf of the American people, fighting Republicans and special interests at every corner.
She's courageous -- nails for breakfast. She fights on behalf of all Americans, our leader, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.
PELOSI: Kendrick, Debbie and Tim, this sounds like a crowd that's ready for victory.
And are you ready to make history tonight?
On behalf of the House Democrats and everyone who cares about a better future for our children, I'm here to thank each and every one of you for bringing us to where we are now tonight on the brink of a great Democratic victory.
PELOSI: And we're there because of you. We're there because of our great House Democratic members. Kendrick Meek, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Tim Ryan, every night, night in and night out, fought for Democratic principles on the House floor. They were a voice for a better future, they're a voice for their generation. And I'm so honored that they are representing all of the House Democrats here tonight.
Let's hear it for them.
And let's hear it for our candidates, all across the country, our fighting Dems, our vets who are running, our working moms, our community leaders, our law enforcement. All across the board these candidates have excellent credentials, great ideals, and they are, again, fighters for the future.
Let's hear it for our candidates.
And let's hear it for Rahm Emanuel, the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
He did a great job masterminding our strategy, which is bearing fruit tonight.
The polls are still open in at least half the country. So while we have -- you have done your work and you've come here, I want to remind the people in the Midwest and the Rocky Mountain West and the West Coast, the Pacific West, to get out there and vote. Important. Get out there and vote.
It's very important. We don't know what the results are of this election. What we do know is we want as many new Democrats in Congress as possible.
And to my own state of California, I am...
I appeal to the Democrats there, independents and fair-minded Republicans to get out and vote for Phil Angelides for governor of California.
And for our Democratic candidates, from Washington state, Darcy Burner and Charlie Brown and Jerry McNerney and (inaudible). Only there's so many candidates in the western end of Pacific West.
So we have to go back to work to man the phones, to the Midwest, Rocky Mountain West, and West Coast. But as the evening progresses, our three 30-somethings, our voice for their voices for their generation, will be giving you the good news about the future.
In the mean time, I thank all of you for taking us to where we are tonight.
Let's give a big cheer to the American people who, across the country...
Across the country, Americans from all walks of life, North, South, East, West, all of the American people in large numbers coming out to this voice for change.
Democrats support change. Democrats propose a new direction for all Americans, not just the privileged few.
Thank you all very much.
Nov 07, 2006 21:45 ET .EOF
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