House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.) recently appeared on CNN with Candy Crowley to discuss the state of the presidential race, Medicare, and political gridlock in Washington, D.C.
When asked by Crowley whether the "toxic dynamic" between Capitol Hill and the White House will change if President Obama is re-elected, Pelosi blamed Republican "obstruction" and admitted that it is unlikely to disappear.
Pelosi explained (all subsequent emphasis added):
You'll see more of the same, because it's really important for the public to know that the Republican obstruction of President Obama's jobs bills, and whatever he was advancing-- their obstruction is their agenda.
It's what they believe in. Now I have always said in my-- Republicans take back your party, because this wing of the party or this over the edge crowd that is in charge -- taking charge of wagging the dog in Congress is never going to cooperate, because they do not believe in a public role. Clean air, clean water, public safety, public education, public transportation, public health, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, they don't believe in it, and that's what their budget is about. And that's what we we vote on the floor almost every day. [Emphasis added]
Refusing to entertain the possibility that Mitt Romney will win the upcoming election, Pelosi even asserted that "everybody knows" he is going to lose.
"Oh, Mitt Romney is not going to be president of the United States," she told Crowley. "I think everybody knows that."
Here is the full video, via CNN:
After explaining how the Republican agenda is merely to obstruct the president's lofty endeavors, Pelosi praised Obama's superior ability to reach across the aisle.
She explained: "[Obama] also is such a respectful person...This president has listened, spent time, respects the opinions of the Republicans to an extent that I think -- I wish one of them would come up with a new idea, because he has more patience listening to them than I do."
Pelosi and Crowley also discussed the importance of Medicare to aging voters:
For one year and a half since the Republicans passed their budget, which [is] the Romney-Ryan now, Republican budget, which severs the Medicare guarantee, we have been saying three important issues of the campaign, and in alphabetical order they are: Medicare, Medicare, Medicare.
On August 11th when Governor Romney chose Ryan, that was the pivotal day....That is a day things really changed.
We were on a path. I would have said to you then we were dead even. Well, momentum is very much with us.
Nancy Pelosi summarized: "So we have a message. We have the messengers. We have the money. We have the mobilization. We have an excellent chance to take back the House."
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