Pelosi Claims Republicans Attacking Her Are Really Attacking San Francisco

In the face of some fellow Democrats called for her to step down following a major defeat in a special election Tuesday, Pelosi proudly touted her effectiveness, saying she was "a master legislator" and a "strategic, politically astute leader".

"Those voters came out of the hills".

"I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out". That's why Nancy Pelosi and her allies are pouring millions into his campaign. "How are we going to get there?"

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Ossoff would vote with Nancy Pelosi to weaken our military. Handel and Republican outside groups tied Ossoff to Pelosi in campaign events and television ads, casting him as a puppet for what they described as her liberal agenda and "San Francisco values".

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who represents a district near Youngstown, challenged Pelosi for the minority leader post previous year but lost.

Ossoff became a vessel for anti-Trump rage for liberals, raising nearly $24 million combined for the all-party election, but did not present an economic message that other lawmakers within the party have said the party needs in the Trump era.

Pelosi wasn't the only one receiving the president's tongue-in-cheek good wishes. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party". "What I am trying to do is to move us in a direction where we have the conversation that is so necessary".

Pelosi became defensive, in the middle of a long rambling explanation about the state of the Democrat Party (video at end).

"The margins that we've been able to close and the gap narrowing is incredibly encouraging", said Tariq Thowfeek, a spokesperson Texas Democratic Party.

Those thoughts - expressed this morning in a tweet from the president - aren't an endorsement of Pelosi, however.

Some Democrats in Congress have publicly questioned Pelosi's leadership in the last few days, asking whether she's a drain on the party. During Wednesday's caucus meeting, Pelosi reportedly stressed to her fellow lawmakers that while the results have been disappointing, the party was making headway in districts that have been largely Republican-controlled for years.

Just hours before the news conference, moderate Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice of NY reiterated her call that it was time for Pelosi to step aside. He said Pelosi had to have an "honest dialogue with herself". "We have to communicate it to a broader audience", Pelosi said. A defiant Pelosi said she's "worth the trouble".