House Democrats have taken to the microphones at their party election headquarters, urging voters to go to the polls.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, of California, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, of Maryland, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the Marylander who headed the party’s House campaign arm, gave quick and defiant speeches before a subdued crowd at a hotel two blocks from the capitol.
Democrats hustled off the stage, saying they had to return to the phones and call voters.
“People all over the country are not going to be told by people in Washington how this election is going to turn out,” Pelosi said, referring to predictions of a GOP landslide. “They want to be heard at the polls.”
Hoyer was a bit more conciliatory, signaling that Democrats are not going to ignore the anger of the electorate.
“We are going to be listening,” said Hoyer, who could become the top Democrat if the party loses the House and Pelosi steps aside. “We are going to be listening closely and we are going to be expecting the American people to say lets move forward together, let’s solve the problems that confront us and we are speaking out and we want you to make a difference and we are pledging to do just that.”