Pelosi Seeks to Heal Rifts as First Female House Speaker

Pelosi Seeks to Heal Rifts as First Female House Speaker

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Democrats, fielding many moderate candidates, gained more than 25 seats in yesterday’s elections for the US House of Representatives, placing Rep. Nancy Pelosi, 66, on track to become the first female House leader and the highest-ranking woman in U.S. political history — second in line behind the president. Voters weary of corruption heard in last night’s victory speech, Pelosi’s intentions to lead the most honest and open House in history…


She stressed her plans to proceed in a bipartisan fashion to find solutions to the Iraq crisis. Civility is something this grandmother wants to return to the halls of Congress.

"There’s plenty of area for us as a party to go in with some of our priorities about jobs, health care, education. We don’t have to fight on what we disagree on, we can just work on what we agree on.”

President Bush called his telephone conversation with her, in the wee hours of this morning when he called to congratulate her, "very gracious".

Leader Pelosi said the Democrats do not want to "get even" with Republicans, rather, they want to focus on helping the American people to "get ahead".

Read your Editor’s take on the midterm elections of 2006: what they mean, what voters signaled, and what hope we can take away, in G is for Good Governance.