Pelosi: 'Happy day for our country'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she is happy with the results of the election despite a loss of House seats. (Nov. 6)

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NANCY PELOSI: How exciting it is to come before you today with Joe Biden having the tremendous mandate that he has and that pretty soon the hyphen will be gone from vice president to President-Elect Joe Biden. It's a happy day for our country because Joe Biden is a unifier, because he is determined to bring people together, because he respects all points of view, and as he has said, I ran as a Democrat, I will govern as president for all of the people, whether they voted for me or not.

This has been a life-or-death fight for the fate of our democracy-- as he says, the soul of our country. We did not win every battle in the House, but we did win the war. We lost a few seats, but as I said, we won those seats in Trump districts. He wasn't on the ballot. He is now. I think that there what happened with the Democrats for Congress across the country helped contribute to the Biden success.

So we're very proud to be part of that mandate, very proud of that. Joe Biden has a big mandate, a bigger mandate than John F. Kennedy when I was in school, and a bigger mandate than others. It's pretty exciting for the country because he respects every single person in our country, certainly every single person who voted, and respects all of them. And it is-- we have challenges that need to be faced because of the future is inevitable and all that it contains. But we want people to know that decisions about it start at the kitchen table and emit out, not at the corporate boardroom and trickle down.