Fresh from the Democrats’ House of Representatives victory, the soon-to-become first woman leader of the chamber has spoken out with force about the issue at the centre of the US mid-term election: the war in Iraq.
Nancy Pelosi is a vocal opponent to the Bush administration’s policy in Iraq. “Nowhere was the call for a new direction more clear from the American people than in the war in Iraq. This is something that we must work together with the president. We know that “stay the course” is not working and has not made our country safer, it has not honoured our commitment with our troops and it has not brought stability the region. We must not continue in this catastrophic path. And so hopefuly we can work with the president for a new direction, one that solves the problem.”
Unless an unexpected challenger emerges, Pelosi will be formally re-elected as her party’s leader and its candidate for speaker next week. She will take over from Republican Dennis Hastert of Illinois in January.