Pelosi Blames Clinton’s Poll Troubles on Third-Party Candidates

• September 16, 2016 1:48 pm


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) blamed Hillary Clinton’s tightening poll numbers on third-party candidates in a CNN interview Friday morning.

Host Chris Cuomo asked Pelosi why she thought Clinton’s poll numbers were tightening with her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, and why voters are more enthusiastic to vote for him.

"First of all, I think that polls are a reflection of some voters going to the third-party. The third and fourth party. The tightening that some of these undecideds have gone to that place. Some of the millennials," Pelosi said.

Pelosi also blamed "fear" on why the poll numbers were tightening, as she called Trump a "fear monger" for his immigration stance.

Cuomo responded by voicing that Trump and his supporters believe he is the change agent and that he represents the opposite of the status quo.

"I think that a woman president of the United States is more of a change agent statement than anything, but I think that it’s really important for us to get around to what that change means in the lives of the American people," Pelosi said. "People vote to what it means to them."

Pelosi insisted that Clinton would also be a great change agent because she believes in an economic system that works for everyone versus "trickle-down" economics, which she claims is the Republican plan and that it does not work.

After Pelosi discussed the tightening poll numbers in battleground states, co-anchor Alisyn Camerota followed up by asking how she will work with Trump if he is elected president.

"He’s not going to be president. Let’s be very clear," Pelosi said.

"Where does the confidence come from?" Cuomo asked.

"My confidence comes from the trust and faith I have in the American people. The American people are not negative. They’re not bigots. The American people want to see some respect for the American people. It’s about them," Pelosi said.

Trump has been closing the gap on Clinton’s lead in various polls recently and has taken the lead in swing states such as Ohio, Florida, and Nevada.