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Nancy Pelosi: Trump's voter fraud claims 'irresponsible'

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said Donald Trump's unsubstantiated charges of voter fraud are "irresponsible" and called on Republican congressional leaders to join her in condemning them.

Peolosi told a Capitol Hill news conference that she hopes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) "will join us in saying that we have confidence in our system and that we always respect the results of the election."

Congressional Democrats have sought to tie Republicans lawmakers to the GOP nominee all year with mixed success. 

McConnell and Ryan have largely avoided mentioning Trump this month as his campaign has struggled with falling poll numbers and the fallout of a 2005 recording in which he boasted about groping women, which he later dismissed as "locker room banter.".

A spokeswoman for Ryan did respond to Trump's charges of voter fraud over the weekend, however.

"Our democracy relies on confidence in election results and the speaker is fully confident the states will carry out this election with integrity," AshLee Strong said.

On Tuesday, President Obama condemned Trump's charges of voter fraud as without foundation, and urged him to "stop whining" before the election is held.

Congress is in recess but Pelosi was in Washington to attend Tuesday night's White House state dinner honoring Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

She predicted, as polls suggest, that Hillary Clinton would beat Trump on Nov. 8. She was more circumspect about the prospects of a Democratic takeover of the GOP-led House, saying only that results may be close.

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