Pelosi blasts 'hypocrisy' of new members
January 6th, 2011
08:01 PM ET
4 years ago

Pelosi blasts 'hypocrisy' of new members

(CNN) - Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now part of the minority party in Congress, but don't expect her to be introspective after the November losses.

"I do introspection, I don't do public introspection," Pelosi said Thursday on CNN's "John King, USA."


But the California Democrat conceded that her party was destined to lose the November elections because of the economy, in spite of their passage of health care and Wall Street reform.

"We still would have lost the election because we had 9 ½ percent unemployment," Pelosi told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "That came from the policies of George W. Bush and the Republican's support for his initiatives."

She was critical of the new members of Congress who campaigned against the health care law and want to repeal it but are eager to sign up for the coverage they receive under the plan as members of Congress.

"That is hypocrisy," Pelosi said.

Though she now holds the title of House minority leader, Pelsoi said Democrats will be back.

"I have been the minority leader before, and I put forth a plan for us to win the House for the American people and we succeeded. I know how to do that and we intend to do that again," Pelosi said. "We'll be back."

When asked if she is confident she will be speaker again in two years she said, "It's not about me. It's not about me. It's about President Obama being re-elected; it's about Democrats taking back control of the House."

Pelosi said it's not up to her to dole out advice to new House Speaker John Boehner, but said she wished him success, which is "more than they wished of me." She also said the next session of Congress is an "opportunity" for Republicans.

"It's an opportunity because I think as the Republicans now are in office with a Democrat in the White House and the American people see that they're here for special interests, as their handmaidens, that they're here for the tax cuts for the wealthy, that's their job creation initiative," Pelosi said.


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soundoff (224 Responses)
  1. KatR

    I'm sure that there will be more hypocrisy from new members for the next 2 years. Hopefully, Americans will realize that voting incumbents out of office was not an intelligent thing to do.

    January 7, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. TomInRochNY

    So, the Rs are in DC to create jobs for themselves in congress. Not too hard to believe.

    January 7, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  3. dos

    Possibly one of the most divisive and destructive members of congress- and I'm a Democrat. Shut UP Nancy and just do your job!!!

    January 7, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  4. John K

    "We still would have lost the election because we had 9 ½ percent unemployment."

    You mean unemployment (specifically unemployment benefits) doesn't benefit the economy? Somebody recently said such a thing, but I can't remember who.

    January 7, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  5. Way Farer

    How many wellfare lines discussions' are about taxes? The tax law is written for people who have or make money; therefore, if tax-breaks reward an interest in taking money out of the bank, and investing it in new ventures I say bravo! Let's get the rich to invest, creating new opportunities for an ambitious work-force. That's how to power an economy!

    January 7, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  6. Mike Elliott

    I can't belive Pelosi wants to talk about hypocrisy!! She want go on Foxnews!!!! She is a public official and and I guess she thinks that only some news networks are deserving of equal treatment. Pelosi the federal governemnt has always had excellent health insurance.

    January 7, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  7. mike c

    They still dont get it

    January 7, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  8. Sara

    Yep, Republicans are nothing but hypocrites. They are nothing but plain empty suit.

    January 7, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  9. Yolanda

    Can you say "Sore loser"?

    January 7, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  10. Concerned Citizen

    The real hypocrisy is Pelosi and the rest of the Dems that voted for healthcare. If they truly believed in this plan, they would take the new plan themselves and pay for it as opposed to forcing it on everyone else while they get their version of free healthcare with in house Dr's and pharmacies without any cost to them.

    Good riddance Ms. Pelosi

    January 7, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  11. Ernie

    Nancy Pelosi is a sore loser, she said the Democrates would retain the House in the November Mid-Term elections. Now she says "The Democrat conceded that her party was destined to lose the November elections because of the economy, in spite of their passage of health care and Wall Street reform, Nancy Pelosi is a hypocrite. Her famous quote is " Well pass the bill (health care) then read what's in it". I wouldn't trust Nancy Pelosi to sell me a house she would probably say "Buy it from me then you can fix it up". Even though Nancy Pelosi is Minority Leader in the House, I don't think too many Congressmen/women are going to listen to her, her track record for supporting her fellow House Members who lost isn't very good. Namcy Pelose is going to be the "Joke" of the House of Representatives nobocy is going to be listing Nancy. Not even the President (He doesn't listen to anybody).

    January 7, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  12. Ancient Texan

    Nancy, there's a huge difference in the two insurance coverages. The one covering Congress is bad enough (taxpayer expense), but the Obamacare is unconstitutional and will break the economic back of the country and individuals not able to qualify for Medicaid.

    January 7, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  13. Sgt John

    Aww, poor Pelosi. It has been 2 yrs and yet she and the rest of her Democrat flunkies are still blaming Bush. What a joke. When will they admit defeat? The people voted them out of power, she should feel lucky she still has a job!

    January 7, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. JLW

    The republicans will pull together like any team who has a comeback – they are going to focus on getting their Playbook or game plan in...too bad it will not include the disappearing middle class and excludes the poor.

    January 7, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  15. critique

    this is infuriating. pelosi is making the vie for political power all about factions and parties, not what our constitutional forefathers had originally designed. she sits in this interview and is seemingly attacks republicans, making it more of a game for acquiring power than actually wanting to improve america. to people like pelosi, it doesnt matter what the american people want, as long as i get my rightful place, and am able to bash, tarnish, and slander people all the way to the top. regardless of my political affiliations, someone like pelosi should be banned from government activity

    January 7, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  16. vic nashville tn

    I watched last night she is right Tea party all about them

    They want their free federal employee health care but they want to cut seniors health benefit this called death panel

    After watching last night Daily show many are upset democrats will back soon

    January 7, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  17. Dif

    Mrs. Pelosi your, state of California is in a shambles. You need to get your own house in order before you can judge someone else.

    January 7, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  18. Marty, FL

    Many Americans would have liked to give Speaker Boehner the benefit of the doubt, but the start of this "new" Congress has shown very little in his willigness to actually govern properly along with many broken promises.

    * Open transparency has turned into closed doors with lobbyists.
    * Reducing the deficit by $100 billion is now an increase in deficits by nearly $230 billion.
    * Where is the "cut-go" in that?
    * Roll call for committee hearings? Nope.
    * Allowing reasonable amendments to be offered? No.
    * Constiutional provisions on bills? Nowhere to be found.
    Etc.

    Then, there were Boehner's absurd members that decided to skip the swearing in on our Constitution while attending a TV party, and he somehow decided to put Bachmann on our Intelligence Committee. Are you for real?

    January 7, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  19. jenn, philadelphia

    Talk about hypocrisy. Continually failing to acknowledge the impact of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on the economic collapse and blame only the Republicans and George Bush. The Democrats had a majority in both houses of Congress since 2006. They bear at least some of the blame for the country's problems and to continually deny that is either delusion, hypocrisy or outright lying.

    January 7, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. gt

    to bad to sad... american has said you are not what they want...and pay back is hell......

    January 7, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  21. wilson

    5.4 billion a day as speaker, I think she had special interests.

    January 7, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  22. james Miller

    It`s long past time for the weak-kneed, spineless Democrats to stand up to the Repubs and say NO, we don`t agree and will fight you all the way come hell or high water. ----- As far as I`m concerned, it`s trench warfare.

    January 7, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  23. Fed Up

    "Hypocrisy of the new members?" She must be looking in the mirror and thinking she's younger than she is.How about the hypocrisy of the old members? She's the leader of it.

    January 7, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  24. middle class

    $700 bil for rich tax cuts + $230 bil to take away my healthcare – $75000 to lose one staffer equals $8.75 bil more in taxes that i will pay for. Hey GOP what happened 2 no new bills that add to the deficit??

    January 7, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. Ferret out the B.S.

    We'll be back to the Bush era corruption, deregulation, no FDA oversight, no bid contracts, etc., etc. before we know it and the downward cycle begins again. It should be noted that other news indicates that growth is taking hold and the economy is improving immensly. Jobless claims are reducing and it appears the economic policies of the last two years are taking hold. Things are starting to work and now we're going backwards again. Go Figure, we're not a nation of wussies, or bullies, but uneducated, masses that turns to the first politician that promises what we want to hear.

    January 7, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
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