Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Stephen Colbert on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" (Scott Kowalchyk/CBS)

Pelosi predicts Democratic Party will win the House: "It's going to be a great night for America"

Nancy Pelosi reveals her bold predictions for the outcome of Election Day on the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert"

Ryan Mikel
November 1, 2018 2:01AM (UTC)

With Nov. 6 just one week away, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) revealed her bold predictions for the outcome of Election Day on the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

“Let me just say this,” Pelosi told Colbert. “Up until today, I would have said, ‘If the election were held today, we would win.’ . . . What now I'm saying is, ‘We will win.'"


Colbert was left in visible shock, asking the congresswoman to refrain from jinxing the party's chances of reclaiming Congress “Please don't say that," he responded to Pelosi. "Do you want to say that on Hillary's fireworks barge that she canceled? Please, please, please don't say that.”

Pelosi said she believed the Democrats would win, because they were “walking precincts” who have ownership the ground on which they walk. “The Democrats will carry the House. If we have a bigger victory, the Senate, governorships. It's going to be a great night for America."

“I feel like I should sacrifice a goat or something to take the hex off what you just said,” Colbert jokingly responded.


While Pelosi remained openly optimistic about her party’s future, the conversation shifted from politics to Pelosi’s purple suit. Colbert believed it to be a possible metaphor for America being neither red or blue, Republican or Democratic. While she did not confirm the theory, Pelosi did agree that right now is a time to unify America and a time to heal. 

"When we do win, we will honor the vows of our founders: 'E plurbus unum,'” Pelosi said. “. . . [Our founders] 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 OK 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."

On the topic of Trump’s recent claim that he could revoke birthright citizenship, which is enshrined in the 14th Amendment, by means of executive order.


“I just can't even imagine what our Founders would be thinking – to see a president take an oath of office to protect the Constitution of the United States and then abuse that,” Pelosi said. “This is what this election is about: checks and balances. It's a check and balance on this president. Usually, we mean this about policy. In this case, we mean that about the Constitution of the United States."

The Democratic leader wrapped up the interview by discussing her alleged polarizing presence among the president's base and many other Republicans. More money negative ads have been run about her this election cycle than about the president himself.


"They only say that because they don't have anything to offer,” Pelosi said. “I want woman to know you can not let anyone else define you. You cannot let your opponents choose the leaders of your party. They come after me because I am a very effective legislator.”

You can watch the full interview below:

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