California could be key to Dems retaking House of Representatives

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The official proceedings at the Democratic National Convention begin tomorrow. But for California delegates to the convention, today was the first day of speeches designed to rally troops to get out the vote. The message of the day? Take back the House.

According to Democratic math, the party needs 25 seats to retake control of the House of Representatives. And they’re counting on several California races to make that happen. State Party Chairman John Burton told delegates a win would mean San Francisco’s Nancy Pelosi could have her old job back.

"The next time we meet," he told delegates, "we’re talking about not Leader Pelosi, but Speaker Pelosi."

Nancy Pelosi told delegates “everything is at stake.” She accused the GOP of having a do-nothing philosophy, saying they don't believe in a public role.

"That’s why we’re always voting week in and week out on eliminating a public role in clean air, clean water, food safety, public safety, public education, public housing, public transportation, public health because they do not believe in a public role," said Pelosi. "And bless their hearts, they act upon their beliefs."

Pelosi said Democrats need money for the air game — radio and TV ads. But elections are won on the ground by the party faithful, "mano a mano, door to door, neighborhood to neighborhood, precinct to precinct," she said.

Pelosi has done her share to help with the “air” game, raising more than $50 million this year for House races.

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