Pelosi: Political Rhetoric Will Cool 'When We Win' Midterms

By Susan Jones | October 31, 2018 | 5:23 AM EDT

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told Stephen Colbert the nation must "strive for oneness." (Photo: Screen capture/CBS "The Late Show")

( - "How you feeling about the next six days?" Stephen Colbert asked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on "The Late Show" Tuesday night.

"Well, let me say this," Pelosi responded. "Up until today, I would have said if the election were held today, we would win."

So what's changed? Colbert asked her.

"What now I'm saying is -- we will win. We will win! We will win."

"Please don't say that," Colbert implored her. "Do you want to say that on Hillary's fireworks barge that she canceled? Please, please, please don't say that."

"We will win. We own the ground. We're not yielding one grain of sand," Pelosi said. "The Democrats will carry the House, and if we have a bigger victory (turnout), the Senate, governorships. It's going to be a great night for America."

Colbert asked Pelosi if she was wearing purple clothing to send a message of inclusivity: "It's about unifying our country," Pelosi told him. "I think it is a time to heal."

Colbert asked Pelosi about "lowering the temperature" of political discourse: "Have you seen evidence of that?" he asked.

"Well, I think when we win, you will see evidence of that. Because when we do win, we will have, as we open a new Congress, we will honor the vows of our founders, E pluribus unum, from many one," Pelosi said.

"But you couldn't imagine how many we would be or how different we would be from each other. But they did know that we had to strive for oneness. It's okay to disagree in the marketplace of ideas. That's exciting. But it is also important to find solutions that unify and not divide and that's what makes a big difference between Democrats and what's in the White House now."

(Pelosi seemed to be echoing Hillary Clinton, who said earlier this month: "You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. That's why I believe if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or the Senate, that's when civility can start again.)

Pelosi said Trump's proposal to revoke birthright citizenship "is just more of the same of what he has been saying -- taking babies out of the arms of their moms, putting them in cages, warning about a caravan that's over a thousand miles away, putting troops on the border..."

She framed the midterm election, not as a "check and balance" on policy but as a "check and balance" on the president.

Colbert's liberal audience loved it.

At the end of the segment, both Pelosi and Colbert urged like-minded people to get out and vote.

"Four-letter word. Vote, vote, vote!" Pelosi said.

"Listen to what she says," Colbert added. "It's not a done deal."

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