Pelosi: 'We'll Have Accountability, and We'll Strive for Bipartisanship'

By Susan Jones | November 7, 2018 | 5:16 AM EST

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi comments on the Democrats' midterm victory in retaking control of the House. (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - Flanked by her two young grandsons and some of her fellow Democrats, presumptive incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told a victory rally Tuesday night that Democrats "have taken back the House for the American people."

"We'll have accountability, and we'll strive for bipartisanship, with fairness on all sides," she said. She also promised that Democrats will strive for "peace" and "results."

Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans. It's about restoring the Constitution's checks and balances to the Trump administration. It's about stopping the GOP and Mitch McConnell's assault on Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and the health care of 130 million Americans living with pre-existing medical conditions.

It's about lifting wealthy special interests' free reign over Washington. But more than anything, it's about what a new Democratic majority will mean in the lives of hard-working Americans. That's what it's about.

Pelosi said Democrats will work "for the people" by:

-- introducing legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs;

-- raising workers’ wages;

-- rebuilding the nation's infrastructure;

-- cleaning up corruption to make Washington "work for all Americans."

"We will drain the swamp of dark interest money, because when we do, Americans have greater confidence in everything their Congress works on, from health care to taxes to guns to clean air and clean water for our children, when they know that the people's interests will prevail, not the dark special interests."

Pelosi promised "transparency and openness."

And at the end of her remarks, Pelosi got around to "bipartisanship."

We'll have accountability, and we'll strive for bipartisanship, with fairness on all sides.

We will have a responsibility to find our common ground where we can; stand our ground where we can't; but we must try. We have a bipartisan marketplace of ideas that makes our democracy strong. A Democratic Congress will work for solutions that bring us together, because we've all had enough of division.

The American people want peace. They want results. They want us to work for positive results for their lives.

Pelosi ended with a reference to e pluribus unum, "from many, one." She said the Founders "knew we had to be one -- unity -- unity for our country."

She said the American people, in returning control of the House to Democrats, have voted to restore the Founders' vision, and "With this new Democratic majority we will honor the vision of our Founders for a country having a legitimate debate but remembering that we are one country.

"And we must honor and respect the aspirations of our children," she said, as one of  her tired young grandsons rubbed his eyes.  "Elections are about the future -- and what we do for our children's future," she said.

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