Pelosi: GOP needs immigration reform to win the presidency again

"It’s certainly right for the Republicans if they ever want to win a presidential race," she said

By Jillian Rayfield

Published June 30, 2013 5:10PM (EDT)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged the House to pass immigration reform, saying that it's "right for our country," but also right for Republicans if they ever hope to win another presidential race.

"I believe that the members of Congress, many more than are directly affected themselves by the number of Hispanics in their district, will do what is right for our country,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. “And it’s certainly right, for the Republicans, if they ever want to win a presidential race.”

The immigration reform measure that passed out of the Senate last week is currently under consideration by the House, where it is unpopular among conservative Republicans. Republican leadership has indicated that they may not pass the full Senate version, but could pass legislation piecemeal instead.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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