Washington (CNN)–House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seemed to send mixed messages Thursday about whether she is open to extending the Bush era tax cuts for the wealthy.
Numerous times in her weekly press conference she strongly argued against the tax cuts for Americans making more than $250,000.
"I see no justification giving a tax cut, going into debt to underwrite and subsidize tax cuts for the wealthiest people in America." Pelosi said.
But responding to a question about whether there is any chance the top tax bracket tax cuts will be renewed, she appeared to not rule it out. "The only thing I can tell you is that the tax cuts for the middle class will be extended this Congress."
Republicans immediately seized on her comments, criticizing her for both sides of the argument.
House Minority Leader John Boehner claimed Pelosi was "wavering" on her previous position and called on her to "allow an honest, up-or-down vote before Congress adjourns on legislation that would stop all of the coming tax hikes."
But the election arm of the House Republicans, the National Republican Campaign Committee, put out a press release headlined, "Pelosi Endorses Obama Tax Hike," saying Pelosi "plans to raise taxes in the midst of a struggling economy."
Pelosi aides worked to clarify her comments. Her spokesman, Nadeam Elshami told CNN, "She is not open" to extending tax cuts for the wealthy. Her office eventually put out a release that said, "The Speaker is opposed to extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent because they add hundreds of billions to the deficit and do not create jobs."