07/30/2010 09:27 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Nancy Pelosi On Midterms: 'We Are Not Going Back'

Three months before what promise to be brutal House elections, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is again the Happy Campaigner, vowing to defend "every grain of sand" of what she's built in Congress and predicting this August will prove kinder to her Democrats than a year ago.

"They kept hope alive last August," she said of rank-and-file lawmakers who weathered stormy town meetings and still came back to help her enact health care reform. "Last year, they had to defend a bill that wasn't even settled upon," Pelosi told POLITICO.

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