July 25th, 2009
03:42 PM ET
5 years ago

Pelosi: When I take health care bill to the floor, 'it will win'

Watch Speaker Pelosi's entire interview Sunday on State of the Union, beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern time.
Watch Speaker Pelosi's entire interview Sunday on State of the Union, beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern time.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In a wide-ranging interview set to air Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicted success in her chamber on health care reform legislation.

“We believe that we have a good bill,” Pelosi tells CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

“This isn’t about rushing,” the leading Democrat says amid criticism from Republicans that her party is trying to rush through massive changes to a sector that makes up a sixth of the U.S. economy.

Related: GOP ratchets up health care reform debate

Pelosi also tells King that two of the three House committees with jurisdiction over the reform legislation have already reported out a bill. Some Democrats are taking issue with the inclusion of a public insurance option in the legislation. But, Pelosi notes, the public option has “overwhelming support” of the House Democratic Caucus as a whole.

Related: House Democrats splinter over health care

“It’s the Speaker’s job sometimes,” King told Pelosi, “to referee disputes within the family. Are you worried your family is coming apart on this and that you might not have the votes on the floor?”

“Absolutely, positively not,” Pelosi responded. “When I take this bill to the floor, it will win.”

Pelosi also weighed in on the recent controversy surrounding the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Junior, calling it “an unfortunate incident.”

She said, “With all due respect to the police officer involved, and the professor, who was affected by it, it didn’t turn out the way it should have.”

Pelosi also refused to be critical of President Obama who initially said during a primetime press conference Wednesday that the police who arrested Gates had “acted stupidly.”

“I think that the president of the United States has great respect for those who - public safety is our first responsibility as elected officials, public safety and the national security of our country,” Pelosi said of Obama. “Nobody carries that burden greater - in a greater way than the president of the United States,” the Speaker added.

Obama made a surprise appearance at Friday’s White House press briefing to address the burgeoning firestorm surrounding his initial reaction to the Gates arrest.

Related: I didn't mean to slight Cambridge policy, Obama says

The president acknowledged that his words "helped to contribute to ratcheting" up the situation when he criticized the manner in which Sgt. James Crowley arrested Gates.

"I unfortunately gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge Police Department or Sgt. Crowley specifically," Obama told reporters. "I could have calibrated those words differently, and I told this to Sgt. Crowley."


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soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. About Time.

    Now HERE"s WOMAN that can get the job done! I dont have many nice things to say about Pelosi, but she is one tough cookie! I love it.

    July 25, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. annie for Palin

    IF she wins, the LEGAL AMERICAN CITIZENS WILL HAVE LOST ALL!!!

    July 25, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. The polls show that Americans....

    are not in favor of this bill as it is. Is Pelosi going against the American people?????

    July 25, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. SkiDoc

    Translation: We will do everything possible to stuff another socialist program down American throats. Would it not be fun to watch this terrible excuse for a leader go one-on-one with Sarah Palin on health care instead of these mainstream media fops?

    July 25, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Krapo Kriye

    Pelosi! What an amazing person! She is not only beautiful but also smart.

    July 25, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Carlos

    She is a legend in her own mind.

    July 25, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. alvino

    You go Nancy! Get it passed.

    July 25, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Blue Dog Dem

    she's WRONG AGAIN!!!

    July 25, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. WeThePeopleOfVA

    Health care reform needs to address malpractice litigation as well as the cost of procedures. The Democrats are choosing to protect and support the ABA over the AMA. Both groups need to have some skin in the game to truely address the skyrocketing costs to the public.

    July 25, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. t

    The arrest of Professor Gates was a disgrace. The police did act stupidly. That does not mean Sgt. Crowley was racist, just stupid. Much like the way Speaker Pelosi is handling health care reform. Grow a spine and support our President.

    July 25, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Dave, the truthteller

    Obama's approval rating is below 50%, Congress's is below 30%. The Dems are doomed in 2010. 2010 = 1994 all over again. The great silent majority of American people with common sense are waking up. BuBye, Libs.

    July 25, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. SHL, TX

    Is this woman kidding herself? She ought to go!!!

    July 25, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. sammy

    Yadda yadd yadda. Isn't it time to get your eyes done again, Nancy?

    July 25, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Annie, Atlanta

    What I don't understand is if Europe can do it, covering everyone from cradle to grave, including eye care and dental, why can't we. Why are we so far behind here? It makes no sense. We're dying due to lack of coverage or insufficient coverage. What's it going to take to do the right thing here. And the GOP all have their panties in a wad, along with the Blue Dog Dems, but they're all covered. What gives?

    July 25, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. John Salyer

    Pelosi will eat 'crow' over the current health bill in Congress. A vast majority don't want the bill passed nor do they want socialized medicine like Canada. Likewise, President Obama will take 'backwater' as well when his 'pie in the ski' doesn't pass 'muster' alike Clinton's health bill that withered away on the vine!

    July 25, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. John

    Obama needs to get rid of Pelosi and Waxman. They are killing his plans.

    July 25, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Fla.

    The American people win with a public option included that increases competition, extends affordable coverage, and improves overall care.

    July 25, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Willy Brown

    Nancy the only thing your going to win is a huge goose egg!

    July 25, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Ann

    I am just disappointed that our elected officials are not listening to us, the people whom they are supposed to represent! The majority of this country is not for this health care bill, yet instead of being our voice, they are speaking for their pride. I hope that if they won't listen to us now, come the next elections they will be forced to hear us loud and clear!!

    July 25, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. ja

    And it should be bipartisan, the war funding is, how can we fund two wars and neglect the powerless people of our own country

    July 25, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. ttofast70@comcast.net

    John King is a two-bit Repulican tool.

    July 25, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. DJ in the Silicon Forest

    If this passes, it is just Phase 1 of "Soylent Green" for the elderly. For those who don't know what it is, just Google "Soylent Green" and rent the movie…Can't wait utill the 24/7 Government Assisted Suicide Clinics are going full throttle!
    At the rate they are going, Bam Bam and The 'Bots will become known as the "Masters of Disasters" by the time November 2, 2010 rolls around!

    July 25, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. DJ in the Silicon Forest

    If this passes, it is just Phase 1 of "Soylent Green" for the elderly. For those who don't know what it is, just Google "Soylent Green" and rent the movie…Can't wait until the 24/7 Government Assisted Suicide Clinics are going full throttle!
    At the rate they are going, Bam Bam and The 'Bots will become known as the "Masters of Disasters" by the time November 2, 2010 rolls around!

    July 25, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. Albert

    Yes Ms. Pelosi, You will Win.

    You have our Support.

    We will Support You for All the Just Causes, as long as You don't mislead us like G.W.Bush mislead us into Iraq War.

    Go Pelosi Go.

    July 25, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. sifto77

    we want health care reform–just not Pelosi's–which favors people who do not contribute. How about some bipartisanship, Obama?

    July 25, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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