President Barack Obama is right to run for re-election with rhetoric against the Congress, according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
“He should be running against Congress,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Charlotte today. “It’s fine. I want him to win more than anything.”
Public approval of Congress’s performance fell to 10 percent, tying a record low set in February, in a Gallup poll released August 14.
Pelosi said it’s “essential” for Obama to win. While she doesn’t take issue with Obama’s criticism of Congress, Pelosi said that the president needs to make it “clear” that the U.S. is “better off” than it was on Sept. 18, 2008.
Pelosi cited that date to reveal that two weeks after Obama won his party’s nomination in Denver, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, told her and other congressional leaders that “we will not have an economy by Monday.”
Bernanke described a scenario that was taking the U.S. economy to the “depth of hell,” Pelosi said. Congress consequently voted for the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, a vote she called “a bad tattoo.”