July 25th, 2009
03:42 PM ET
9 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. Kenyan Wonder Kid

    This excuse of a congresswoman is the biggest fiasco (and danger) that ever happened to U.S. politics. How the Dems allowed this incompetent into any position of power speaks volumes about their pathetic disregard for Americans. An utter disgrace and embarrassment to us all.

    July 25, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. S M R

    Nothing would be more sweeter than a victory over the selfish, self-serving GOP.

    July 25, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    Atta girl, Nancy keep psyching up yourself. You keep pushing this but have you read it (every word)? I'm betting no. So in short, I hope it falls flat, fast, and hard! Until we have details, I say NO GO! No being political but have of you many bloggers have signed contracts without reading them? Either it was a painful experience or you just lucked out. No pain, no luck! Somebody provide DETAILS! and make an intelligent decision!

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

    The democrats have always been the party of the people and I trust they will take healthcare reform at the earliest possible time to get everyone in good health and it is a good thing. The republicans as usual will be the obstructionist and the party of NO!! The right wing nuts have nothing better to propose on healthcare much less be bipartisan!!

    July 25, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. JOhn

    I thought this was a democratic society, lately it seems people in congress are being told what to do instead of voting with their constituants. Threats from Pelosi and Waxman pretty much sealed their electoral fate for the next election. Voters are becoming wise and the sitting Democrats will not be reelected. This is the United States of America. and it is not your way or the highway. It's our way as citizens of this great country that you are slowly destroying. In the next election it is time we vote out those both republican and democrats that have been in office way to long.

    July 25, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Rhino

    Please, Nancy, take this bill to the floor and lose. Honestly how many Congressional reps have read and understand what they're being forced to approve? Stop it, Nancy.

    July 25, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. DJ in the Silicon Forest

    I think before this Government Funded Fiasco is passed, someone needs to insert into the bill that forces our Dear Leaders to disclose what the burn rate is EACH and EVERY month!!! The true and factual numbers, NOT some fuzzy, moving, obscure figure!

    July 25, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Rajiev,NY

    Where is the good Bill or even a Bill?

    July 25, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. nea-nea

    EVERBODY! that is oppose to Healthcare Reform just need to slow down a minute and just think this is not about you or about me it isnt even about the President its about all Americans that sit and wait and cant get the treatment that they really need because they donot have proper insurance.And for the ones that do have health insurance yes right now you have it and can afford to pay for it But what happens if GOD forbid it goes up or you lose your job or you or a family member gets really sick and the ins. co. dont want to cover you anymore because its too expensive. Yes some want to blame the republicans some want to blame the democrats to them it maybe about polictics but the fact is they already have health insurance. So im not going to blame them, i will blame Americans that oppose this if we dont get it.

    July 25, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Debby

    Okay Nancy those botox injections are going to your brain. LOL

    July 25, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. T

    I think she has been sampling the "medical" marijuana a little too much. It's about par for the course for someone from California to try and shove something unethical down the throats of the common American.

    July 25, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. Illinoistom

    It would be nice if Nancy were hooked up to a polygraph during one of these interviews. In fact, We The People should demand that from all of our politicians and bureaucrats.

    July 25, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. truthsayer

    Why doesnt John King ask tough questions of his Republican guests as he does with speaker Pelosi?

    July 25, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. Karl in Charleston,SC

    Pelosi: It will win, I will bring peace to the Middle East, end hunger in Africa and cure Cancer.


    July 25, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. sifto77

    We don't care about this, CNN–it is not going to pass–democrats are against it–what DOES interest me is the fact that Sarah P is still so popular on your blogs–means she is still a threat to the dems! All other blogs have Obama's and Gates's racist remarks with 80% in favor of the police dept–America's finest. I guess you want to lose more viewers?

    July 25, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Kenyan Wonder Kid

    Obama "didn't mean to shame the Boston police" by calling them stupid, just like I don't mean to diss the president by calling him a "stupid racist" for his stupid racist remarks. Let me be clear, this was just a miscalibration of my words which were unfortunately misunderstood.

    Let's say we just bury the hatchet over some Buds, huh Prez??.

    July 25, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. The Truth

    Actually, Nancy, if you win the country will go bankrupt. Attn liberals: Who is going to repay the $23 Trillion deficit that Barofsky said we may have soon.

    July 25, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. Steve, Columbia SC

    No one is buying what you're selling Mrs. Pelosi. Go back and take your time on this legislation. All you've got right now is more wasteful government trough mentality. It is not good for out nation or the uninsured.

    I have had enough of your political arrogance. We can't trust you to tell the truth. Our memory of your constantly changing comments and lies regarding the CIA are still fresh in our minds and our votes.

    July 25, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Sue

    No wonder Obama loves her; she is his #1 Fan. What a Flake.

    July 25, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. Paul in Chicago

    I have just one question about national health care – how are we gonna pay for it?!

    July 25, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. Brandon

    Pelosi has proven herself time and time again to be an untrustworthy speaker. She opens her mouth just to insert foot. This is no different. This "we will win" is just more political weight throwing. The American public are daily becoming more wary of this and other healthcare reform bills. Because of this, if democrats in congress want to keep their seats in the next election they have to step lightly. But Pelosi doesn't care. She's in the most pro-democrat district in the country.

    July 25, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. gl, Pittsburgh

    Well, I thing you sure tell it to blue dogs who is standing in the way.

    July 25, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Cindy

    Personally I feel maybe the President shouldnt have commented on this. On the flip side though, I think it's unfortunate that this mad was arrested on his own property in his own home. Even if he had some words for the Police Officer, once the officer realized that he was the home owner, he could have left it at that. So in my mind, it was more about the cops ego than anything else. Sorry, but I have encountered very nice cops and I have also encountered cops whom I thought were the biggest egotostical jerks. In my mind, this cop probably had a huge ego, and decided to enforce his power unecessarily.

    July 25, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. vinh

    Nancy Pelosi could be one of the most powerful speakers of the House in US history. But no one should forget the old saying about the higher you are the harder it falls. Taking the health care reform bill to the House floor could be her Waterloo.

    July 25, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. Dave

    ELO has a song that is all about Princess Pelosi.

    Americans voted in the Democrats and gave them a majority in the House. The libs then put the most radical, extremist, partisan, evil San Fran liberal as speaker, shows they have zero respect for America to put someone who is completely against their views and is a far leftist extremist in charge. You can bet the right will never do that, because someone as far on the right as Pelosi is on the left, would never even win a primary.

    July 25, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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