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Pelosi Unconcerned Census Gave Red States More House Seats: 'Growth Was from Hispanics, African-Americans and the Rest'

Craig Bannister | April 29, 2021 | 3:46pm EDT
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
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House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she’s not concerned that some states that traditionally vote Republican (“Red” states) gained additional House members from the most recent Census – because of the types of ethnic groups that drove the growth in those states.

In an interview Thursday on CBS This Morning, Pelosi said she wasn’t worried that Democrats might lose their House majority, and she her speakership, due to the additional House members granted Red States.

“Much of the growth in many of these places that picked up more numbers, more Members in Congress, the growth was from Hispanics, African-Americans and the rest,” Pelosi replied:

“I think that for all the huffing and puffing the Republicans are doing, these numbers were not as good for them as they had hoped.  They wanted three in Texas, two in Florida, the rest.

“But many of the – much of the growth in many of these places that picked up more numbers, more members in Congress, the growth was from Hispanics, African-Americans and the rest.  So we'll see where those votes go.”

Democrats are concerned with fulfilling their agenda, not with who the next Speaker might be, Pelosi said:

“But, this is right now.  The best politics of all is to get the job done for the American people.  The blueprint that was put forth by the President last night to meet the needs of the American people, that's what we're about.  We're not worrying, being, ‘Who's going to be Speaker two years from now?’”

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