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Pelosi Predicts Smooth Roll-Call Vote Tonight

Tonight’s roll-call vote is “going to play out smoothly,” despite some delegates planning to vote for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters after speaking at an Iowa delegation breakfast.

Pelosi, who doubles as the permanent chair of the convention, told the Iowa group that she normally only visits with the California and Maryland delegations, but this time she wanted to personally thank Iowans for “helping us win seats in the House” in 2006.

The San Francisco Democrat praised the speech delivered Tuesday night by Clinton, who has strong supporters in the Iowa delegation. “I loved her speech. It was everything and more,” she said.

Pelosi also took jabs at presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and, as has been a central theme of Democratic attacks, drew parallels between him and President Bush.

Over the past two years, Bush vetoed bills that would have provided health care to low-income children, seniors and people with disabilities, the Speaker said. “And John McCain stood with George W. Bush in taking that position,” she said.

On other fronts, such as energy and infrastructure, McCain and Bush “are not there. They’re not there,” Pelosi said. An Obama administration “will make all the difference in the world.”

Congressional Democrats “know exactly what we want to do” and can make those policy changes “in a short time,” she said. “It’s only a decision that the president and Congress has to make.”