Jacquelyn Martin / AP file
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 | 3:39 p.m.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi led a rallying cry for the Democratic Party during a United Steelworkers conference today in Las Vegas.
The California Democrat’s speech to the union comes as her party desperately tries to garner support in the run-up to the Nov. 4 general election. Republicans are likely to make gains in both chambers of Congress, but the party’s leaders are showing no signs of surrender. Unions are a historic voting bloc for Democrats and Pelosi’s speech was a clear pitch to organized labor, asking them to mobilize on Election Day.
“We must own August,” she said, so that “we can win in the first week of November.”
In the long-shot chance that Democrats can maintain the Senate and win back the House, Pelosi said her party will end corporate tax breaks for executives and use the money to buy bonds to invest in the nation’s roads, bridges and telecommunications.
“We will do it within the first 100 days of a new congress,” she said.
She also hit on her party’s nationwide talking points: increasing the minimum wage and closing the income gap between men and women.
“You want paycheck fairness,” she said. “Join a union.”