House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says she has got a plan for beating Republicans in 2020 — and boldly predicts it will be accomplished a year ahead of schedule.
"I'm going to have our races won by this November," she told The Washington Post.
In her Post interview, Pelosi admitted her biggest mistake during her first stint as speaker was allowing Republicans to relentlessly attack her and her policy achievements — like the Affordable Care Act — without pushback.
In the 2010 midterms, Democrats lost 63 seats and Pelosi's image was battered, the Post noted.
"I was in this office, but I didn't relish being speaker; I relished the power of legislative accomplishments," she said. "I didn't see a public role."
In her first 100 days this time around, Pelosi plans to appeal to moderate suburbanites and some rural voters frustrated by the reality-TV-style of President Donald Trump.
"You cannot let your opponents characterize — mischaracterize — what you're about," she told the Post. "So, what was missing from that was a strong messaging piece, and that's what we had in this last election."
By encouraging incumbents lawmakers to maintain strength at home at town halls, and for freshmen lawmakers to raise money for their re-elections, Pelosi believes by Thanksgiving, Republicans in swing seats will be in danger.
"We fully intend to win this election, and some of you are vulnerable," Pelosi said of those GOP incumbents. "It's going to cost you millions of dollars, to win or lose. And if you win — say you win — you're in the minority, probably want to teach at the university. So, we get the A-team, and they get the retirements. That's my plan."
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